October 17, 2017

This morning Stephanie Ruhle interviewed Tim Phillips of the Koch-sponsored Americans for Prosperity "think" tank.

Ordinarily, I oppose giving right wingers unlimited airtime, but Stephanie Ruhle knows how to drive the lawnmower of truth over conservative talking point weeds, especially when it comes to economic issues.

Phillips tells many big lies in this segment:

1. Congress is going to make sure business deductions are "cleaned out."

Make me laugh.

2. Corporate taxes are "shared" with labor. Look at the Harvard study!

It's this study which is as debatable as it is obtuse. But Harvard! And Phillips knows no one is going to fact check him on the air.

3. Tax cuts are always good.

This is the biggest lie of all. And they all believe it. Because government is evil until we start seeing grandmothers in nursing homes put out because that Paul Ryan block grant wasn't enough for any state to pay for her care. And when Democrats come back into power we will scream like banshees about the deficit we created, they'll fix it, and then we'll scream like banshees about their tax increase. Rinse and repeat.

3. Lower taxes for multinational corporations will bring jobs back to the US and raise wages.

Make Stephanie Ruhle laugh.

STEPHANIE RUHLE: If they [Republicans in Congress] really wanted to make sure employees were paid more, they would double the deduction that companies get for their employees. They're not. Companies can take this additional money they have and simply go to share buybacks. They can increase dividends. And they can satisfy their shareholders. I have yet to see any company that gives their employees a bonus for a tax break they got.

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