❝ Modern conservatives have been lying about taxes pretty much from the beginning of their movement. Made-up sob stories about family farms broken up to pay inheritance taxes, magical claims about self-financing tax cuts, and so on go all the way back to the 1970s. But the selling of tax cuts under Trump has taken things to a whole new level, both in terms of the brazenness of the lies and their sheer number. Both the depth and the breadth of the dishonesty make it hard even for those of us who do this for a living to keep track.
In fact, when I set out to make a list of the bigger lies, I thought there would be six or seven, and was surprised to come up with ten…
This is a Trump special: he’s said it many, many times, most recently just this past week. Each time, fact-checkers have piled on to point out that it’s false. Here’s taxes as a percentage of GDP, from the OECD:
❝ The blue bar is the US; the red bar the average for advanced countries.
Why does Trump keep repeating what even he has to know by now is a flat lie? I suspect it’s a power thing: he enjoys showing that he can lie repeatedly through his teeth, be caught red-handed in his lie again and again, and his followers will still believe him rather than the “fake news” media.
Read ’em and weep, folks. Paul Krugman nails our fake president. The chumps who voted for the Trump simply do not care if he lies. They love his misogyny, racism, broadcast bigotry and unabashed ignorance. He doesn’t have to know more than they do. Little enough is good enough for hypocrites. And losers.
Oops, sorry. This was one of ours!
❝ New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci named President Donald Trump as the anonymous source casting doubt on the intelligence community’s consensus that Russia interfered in the 2016 election during a CNN interview on Sunday.
“You know, somebody said to me yesterday — I won’t tell you who — that if the Russians actually hacked this situation and spilled out those e-mails, you would have never seen it,” Scaramucci told “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper on CNN…
❝ “Well, you’re making a lot of assertions here,” Tapper said. “I don’t know who this anonymous person is that said, if the Russians had actually done it, we wouldn’t have been able to detect it, but it is the unanimous —”
“How about it was — how about it was the president, Jake?” Scaramucci said. “I talked to him yesterday. He called me from Air Force One. And he basically said to me, ‘Hey, you know, this is —maybe they did it. Maybe they didn’t do it’…”
Scaramucci’s use and subsequent revelation of Trump as an anonymous source came as the administration continues to slam media outlets for using anonymous sourcing in stories unfavorable to the White House.
I’m not certain what Forest Gump’s position is on government hypocrisy. All my voting lifetime I’ve had to consider and reconsider which Congressional politicians – if any – were worth trusting. Same for the White House. But, the crew in charge, nowadays, surely establishes a new level of acceptance for sophistry, hypocrisy and downright pathological lying.