Skip to comments.Fact Check: Everything About This Sally Kohn Tweet About Tax Reform is Incorrect
Posted on 11/18/2017 2:24:26 PM PST by Kaslin
Liberal activist Sally Kohn -- who is delightful in person, but wrong about almost everything -- tweeted an attack on the GOP tax plan yesterday, urging her followers to "call bulls*t" on Republican defenses of their proposal. Basically everything in her tweet was wrong. Here's her initial effort, followed by my rebuttal:
Here’s some more tax facts for ya. When Trump and Republicans insist that we *have to* cut corporate taxes because ours are the highest in the world, CALL BULLSH*T. But I guess they’re not low enough for the billionaires who want to soak the working class and poor even more. pic.twitter.com/qW3wU2NkMM— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) November 17, 2017
1) This chart does not reflect corporate tax rates. 2) America's corporate tax rate *is* highest in the advanced world. That's fact checked. 3) Obama favored cutting corporate rate. 4) GOP plan reduces taxes for every income group, including working class & poor. #CallingBullshit https://t.co/s6ZyOmzs19— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) November 17, 2017
A number of liberals responded by pursuing two primary lines of criticism: First, that the statutory US corporate tax rate may be the highest in the developed world, but the effective rate is much lower and more competitive -- so the justification to cut corporate taxes is weak. This has the potential makings of a good point, but it's not one. That's because the effective rate is also among the very highest, and least competitive, in the world; third highest among all OECD nations, in fact, according to CBO data. The average effective corporate US tax rate clocks in at 29 percent, compared to 20 percent in Mexico and France, 19 percent in China, 17 percent in Australia, 14.5 percent in Germany, and 10 percent in the UK. Others falsely claimed that the GOP plan slashed rates for corporations without eliminating or reducing loopholes and deductions. This is wrong. Click through to the House Ways and Means Committee's extensive summary of the bill, then scroll to page 36, and keep reading.
Second, they flat-out accused me of being a 'Fox News liar,' or whatever. I was not lying on any of the points I made. Proof: (1) The chart Kohn shared was about tax rates in general, not corporate taxes, which served as the crux of her critique. This was -- perhaps unintentionally -- misleading. (2) As I say, the statement that America's corporate tax rate is the highest in the advanced world is verified to be true. Here's NPR confirming it, or you can just refer to the hyperlink above about effective tax rates. (3) President Obama called for a reduction in our uncompetitive corporate tax rate. His proposed cut was smaller than the Republicans' (no surprise), and he wanted to structure his differently (ditto), but that doesn't change the fact that Obama agreed the existing rate is too high. (4) This assertion is backed up by the nonpartisan findings of both the Tax Foundation and the left-leaning Tax Policy Center, which I cited in my Friday post. Both analyses found that on average, taxpayers across every income group will see lower tax burdens and higher after-tax incomes under the GOP plan -- starting in 2018, and at the end of the budget window in 2027. The doubling of the standard deduction alone would create net 'winners' out of 70 to 90 percent of all taxpayers.
Lastly, Kohn repeats a variation of the tiresome "millionaires and billionaires" talking point that Democrats endlessly regurgitate during these debates. While it's true that the very rich will receive a number of benefits from the GOP plan (they pay, by far, the most in taxes, and disproportionately so), the GOP bill does not cut the top tax federal income tax rate for millionaires. That top rate stays right where it us, as established under President Obama.
I’ll say it again, whoever does that Sally Kohn parody account nails it. I still haven’t found the real Sally Kohn account, but the parody account sounds just like she does on CNN.
Liberals are NEVER delightful!
I didn’t post this article because I couldn’t figure out how to put the chart in. Apparently neither could you.
Mr. Kohn posts some random tax chart and she never thought anybody would fact check it. Typical arrogant lib.
If every income group is going to get a tax cut, why are me and dozens of other Freepers going to pay more?
Thanks- saves me from having to say it.
I wouldn’t call her “delightful”, just a butch.
>>Liberal activist Sally Kohn — who is delightful in person,<<
By definition “liberal activist” and “delightful person” are contradictions.
A year ago Donald Trump was the President Elect and he did not become officially President Donald J. Trump until his Inauguration January 20, 2017
There was no chance that Jeb would have been nominated with only 4 delegates?
Stay out of the sauce
Several millionaires have given me jobs from deckhand, roughneck, oil field consultant and pharmacist. Millionaires do not sit on their money but invest it to make more money and give people like me a job and they were good jobs.
The top 10% pay most of the taxes and they deserve a tax cut also. They will take this money and create jobs. It worked under Ronald Reagan and will work today. In addition as the economy grows and more people work, tax revenues will increase greatly.
A poor man never gave me a job.
CNN tried Sally Kohn for a news spot and his negatives were so bad they cancelled him immediately. Sally never knows what he is talking about.
From the size of this guy Kohn he should be an NFL fullback or something.
She’s a commie nightmare.
She was for a while a Fox News contributor 2 or three years ago.
There are a few good things about the bill but it major flaws. It prioritizes increasingly liberal corporations over small business and actually raises taxes on a huge amount of middle class families. It also has some puzzling things that are terrible for public optics such as major hikes on taxes on STEM graduate students while giving credits to the wealthy for private jets. Forget libs, Even for me some of this stuff in here is truly headscratching. Its like they want to lose.
Are you drunk? What chart are you talking about? There is no chart. I posted link that are in the Tipsheet article. You don’t even know how to get the links posted. If there had been a chart, trust me I would have posted it.
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