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WaPo Doles Out Pinocchios to McCaskill for Claiming GOP Tax Bill Hurts Middle Class

The Washington Post gave McCaskill a few Pinocchios for her latest volley against the GOP tax bill, which has led to raises for her constituents.

By NTK Staff | 01.12.2018 @12:30pm
WaPo Doles Out Pinocchios to McCaskill for Claiming GOP Tax Bill Hurts Middle Class

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has been mostly silent on the positive impact of the GOP tax bill, as thousands of her constituents receive raises and bonuses as a result of the corporate tax cuts McCaskill voted against.

Now, McCaskill has to confront another unfortunate reality: The Washington Post has suggested she’s misleading about the impact of the bill on the middle class.

McCaskill’s claim, checked by the Post‘s Glenn Kessler?

“It’s a debt-inducing, make-rich-people-richer tax bill that in the long run is not going to be helpful to the vast majority of people in my state that are sitting around the kitchen table trying to figure out how [to] come out even at the end of the month.”

The ruling?

So we face a conundrum. McCaskill framed her statement to reflect the findings of scorekeepers of the bill in 2027, even if the law was designed this way for budget reasons, not practical reality. Her staff says that means her statement is accurate. But in doing so, she ignores the more immediate impact of the law, which probably means noticeable tax cuts for her constituents for a number of years. So she’s telling only half the story.

Two Pinocchios

So McCaskill is either silent about the GOP tax bill, or she’s misleading about it. Those are not stances Missouri voters are likely to reward her with in 2018.

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