A recent poll from the New York Times found that 51 percent of Americans support the tax reform bill passed in December, while 46 percent disapprove. This is a major reversal from the polls taken when the legislation was passed, when a Monmouth University poll found that a mere 26 percent approved of the tax cuts.
So why has there been such a massive change in the public perception of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act?
It turns out that Americans like when there is more money in their paychecks. The Tax Policy Center concluded that 80 percent of Americans would receive a tax cut as a result of the legislation, including 91 percent of those in the middle class. There have also been many companies who have provided bonuses to their employees, further bolstering support for the bill.
Essentially, the immediate benefits have been precisely what proponents of tax reform said they would be. The reason that the general public was initially critical of the GOP tax reform is that the Democrats lied; over, and over, and over, and over again. The media were also complicit in intentionally deceiving the American people in order to push their political agenda. This has also been shown again, and again, and again.
Now it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Democrats and the media colluded to defame the Republican tax bill, but it’s shocking how many people believed the lies. Thankfully, people are starting to realize just how much the bill is helping them. All of this shows that it’s incumbent on the people to search for truth, regardless of the lies and deceptions that continue to plague our political discourse.
This isn’t to say that everything reported by the mainstream media is Fake News™, but some healthy skepticism of synchronized rhetoric from politicians and the media would certainly do us some good. As the Washington Post explains when they aren’t busy promulgating Democratic talking points, “Democracy dies in darkness.”
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