With just one Republican defector, the U.S. Senate narrowly passed a tax cut package late Friday with all Democrat senators opposing the measure.
No surprise that partisanship ruled the day with the opposition party calling the measure the “GOP tax scam,” pointing to a decrease in the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent.
Their media allies did their part, as seen in a Washington Post article claiming many Americans will not see much of a reduction in their taxes under the Republican Party tax reform bill.
But leave it to Fox News’ Brit Hume to put things into perspective. The ever succinct and occasionally fiery political commentator pointed out the obvious in response to a Washington Post article that ran prior to the legislation passing.
Hume tweeted: “Hardly surprising since roughly that percent of Americans pay no federal income taxes. Kind of hard to give them a tax cut.”
Hardly surprising since roughly that percent of Americans pay no federal income taxes. Kind of hard to give them a tax cut. https://t.co/eUUnA7X4w9
— Brit Hume (@brithume) November 30, 2017
Hard to deny the logic behind an argument that brings to mind the lyrics from a Billy Preston tune: “Nothin’ from nothin’ leaves nothin.'”
But then, the media knows its intended target.
Social media users were quick to offer their take on Hume’s observation and disprove the notion that all Americans are low-information voters.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
They pay no taxes but they are not getting more back? It’s not their money!! No one should get more of a refund than they pay in all year. Libs are really annoying with this crap.
— Dennis Gavin (@dcgavin) December 1, 2017
Over 47% pay zero income taxes. If this bill passes, there will be even more. Easy to ask everyone else to pay up when you pay zero. https://t.co/UCcohaysom
— T.L Ryon🙋🏻 (@TLRyon) December 1, 2017
This is the type of reporting that makes me crazy https://t.co/bXWhajL1ii
— GW (@GW34048259) December 1, 2017
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