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WATCH Sen. Blumenthal Shut Down ‘Preposterous’ Lindsey Graham For Lying About The IRS And Taxes

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) had more than enough of South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham’s lies Sunday and shut him down during a joint appearance the two made on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The two senators were invited on to discuss the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which is on the verge of passing in the U.S. Senate, even though Graham says he won’t support the legislation no matter how amendments are added or changes made, and tried to raise the specter that adding more IRS agents would lead to some sort of tax Gestapo, remarking:

“Hiring 86,000 more IRS agents, if that makes you feel better, you missed a lot. They’re coming after waitresses and Uber drivers and everybody else to collect more taxes. So if you think growing the IRS is good for you, you’re wrong.”

Host Dana Bash asked Blumenthal if he wanted to reply to his colleague, and he took her up on the offer:

“I think the IRS is going to target the highest income Americans. As the saying goes, that’s where the money is, that’s where they’re going to look to collect.”

He then added:

“The idea there’s going to be this army of IRS agents descending on the average Americans is preposterous. Tax fairness is what we need. For the biggest corporations in this country to pay no taxes, for them to do stock buybacks that benefit the shareholders? For example in the case of oil companies, they are making three to four times they did last year. What are they doing with those excess windfall profits? Lowering gasoline prices? No, they are doing stock buybacks and they ought to pay a tax on it.”

Poor Lindsey! He can’t admit that the real reason he won’t support cracking down on rich tax cheats is because those same crooks are major contributors to his campaign.

Good on Sen. Blumenthal for calling Graham out and shutting him down. The last thing we need more of is GOP bullshit and excuses.

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White House Throws Major Shade At Trump With Statement On Release Of Joe Biden’s 2020 Tax Return

Monday was officially Tax Day for American taxpayers. Millions of us had to make sure we got our returns into the IRS before the midnight deadline.

As you might expect, the tax deadline also applies to the president of the United States, but during the Trump administration there was a running joke that even if the Donald did actually file a return, he probably did so under protest and may have even taken Internal Revenue to court in order to avoid having to fork over the money.

That’s what makes the statement from the Biden administration regarding the current president’s tax returns even more brilliant in the way it’s clearly meant to throw some epic shade at the previous head of state. Just take a look at this:

Now THAT’S what you call professional trolling, and it was an enormous hit on social media, where you could almost hear people standing and applauding:

Kudos to the White House. Well done.


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GOP’s Pathetic Attempt To Troll Biden With ‘E.T.’ Meme Winds Up Biting Them Right On The A*s

Republicans are not good at humor. They never have been and they never will be. When was the last time you heard a really good joke or barb come from a member of the GOP? You haven’t.

So it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that a Republican attack meme aimed at the Biden administration’s proposal to raise taxes on the big corporations and the richest 1% of Americans fell flat on its face, partially because the meme’s creator didn’t even understand the movie he or she built the meme around.

Here’s the meme sent out by RNC Research:

Maybe it’s been awhile since you last viewed the movie “E.T.,” but Elliott and the extraterrestrial shown in the iconic bike scene (which now features President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in the lead roles) were the heroes of the movie. So apparently raising taxes on the rich is a heroic thing to do. How backasswards is that?

The mockery began almost immediately:

The GOP meme makers must have graduated from Trump University.


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Right-Wing Host: Raise Taxes On The Poor – The Rich Pay All The Taxes!

If you’ve ever been brave enough to watch a few minutes of Fox News, Newsmax, or other right-wing networks, then there’s an good chance you’ve seen Ben Shapiro, who is listed as the “editor emeritus” of the extremely conservative website The Daily Wire, which pumps out all sorts of lies, disinformation, and conspiracy theories that the tinfoil hat wearing crowd laps up like honey.

Shapiro (along with some other deplorable right-wing asshats) watched President Joe Biden’s speech to a join session of Congress on Wednesday evening and was outraged by the fact that the president has plans to fund some of his programs for infrastructure and education by raising taxes on large corporation and the richest Americans.

According to Shapiro, the rich already pay too many taxes:

 “I was screaming at the television when he’s talking about taxes. Because what he is saying is so obviously asinine. When he says that rich people don’t pay their fair share in this country, that is just an abject disgusting lie. It is a lie. The top ten percent of income earners in this country pay all net taxes. Not some of the taxes, all of the net taxes – because net taxes are defined as what you pay into the government, minus what you get back from the government.”

Shapiro’s co-host, Jeremy Boering (never has a person had a more appropriate last name), then joined the conversation, gladly seconding what Shapiro had said and then going further:

“The people who don’t pay their fair share in this country are the poor. We need to raise taxes on the poor. I’m not joking. I’m not joking. The poor in this country pay zero. The lower middle class in this country pay net zero. So we have a group of people who pay no taxes, a group of people who pay no net taxes, a group of people who pay all the net taxes, and his argument is that it’s category three who don’t pay their fair share. Fair share means your percentage of taxes. We’ve determined that there are some people who shouldn’t pay any percent of taxes. The only fair taxing system is one in which everyone pays.”

As you’d expect, what Shapiro and Boering said is complete bullshit.

The poor are taxed very heavily. It’s just that their tax burden is on items they buy to survive: Food, housing, medicine. Oh, and there’s also the payroll tax that comes out of paychecks. And to top it all off, many lower income Americans also wind up paying income taxes too, usually at the federal and state level.

It’s no surprise that right-wing douchebags want to make sure the rich get richer. They’ve been playing that same tune for decades, but their dreams of a trickle-down economic miracle never pan out. Why? Because supply side economic policy doesn’t work and never will.

The real reason people like Ben Shapiro and Jeremy Boering don’t want to raise taxes on the well-to-do is simple: They’re greedy assholes with a massive sense of entitlement.

Want to see the vast majority of Americans stand up and cheer? Raise the top tax rate on the richest to 75% and tell the millionaires and billionaires that if they don’t like it, intercontinental flights are leaving every hour from the nearest airport.


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Chris Christie Claims Biden’s Tax Increases Are ‘Socialism’ And Gets Slapped Down By Angela Rye

You can tell that former New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie is planning to run for president in 2020 because he’s already using the “socialism” scare word when discussing President Joe Biden’s planned capital gains tax cut to fund infrastructure programs.

But while Christie was spouting talking points, he quickly got his head handed to him by Democratic strategist Angela Rye, who told him and Republican operative Sarah Fagan:

“I think it’s so rich to hear folks talking about Joe Biden’s far-left agenda. If it is too far left to sign 60 executive orders overturning the hatred that was in Donald Trump’s executive orders — at least 23 of them — if it is far left to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord, if it’s far left to end the Muslim travel ban, if it is far left to restore the partnership with the World Health Organization then I think most of the country is far left.”

That led Christie to claim that Biden’s proposals aren’t popular with the American people. What he neglected to mention is that a recent poll showed 59% of those surveyed said they support the Biden infrastructure program:

“Look, we can set up strawmen and say he overturned this executive order but that’s not what we’re talking about. The capital gains issue is nothing more than income redistribution. It’s socialism.”

Rye could be heard laughing as Christie spoke, and she was more than ready for him, slapping him down with this retort:

“It’s so interesting to hear this allegation of socialism,” she said. “I know these are buzzwords that work very well with the Republican Party so congratulations for using them this morning.

“But we have people in a pandemic that you said wouldn’t matter by the time you get to the fall, and on the left there’s a conversation happening about student loan debt. How much should be forgiven? $50,000 vs. $10,000. And we’re talking about a capital gains increase when you all just had basically the reparations we’ve been asking for [in] your last tax proposal. So I don’t even understand what we’re talking about here.”

One other thing on capital gains taxes: The vast majority of Americans never have to pay them. The wealthiest taxpayers do. And taxing them won’t do any long-term damage to the economy, despite what conservatives try to claim.

Nice try, Chris, but Angela Rye made sure your lie was exposed and countered with facts.

Here’s the video from ABC News: