'Why is that OK?' Fox host nails Sarah Sanders for middle-class tax hikes


Pushing the charade about a "middle-class" tax plan, Sanders can't answer simple questions about why those people will soon be paying more.

Fox News' Bill Hemmer had a simple, albeit somewhat unexpected, query for White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Wednesday: Why does the Republican tax plan target lots of middle-income Americans for a tax hike in coming years?

Sanders had no coherent response, which is typical. Instead, she insisted middle-class Americans would "benefit" from the proposed tax giveaway to the wealthy, even if that means middle-income earners would be paying more in taxes.

That's nothing less than Orwellian doublespeak.


The only reason's Hemmer's series of pointed questions were surprising is because they aired on Fox News, which, as usual, has been functioning as a marketing machine for the Trump White House, and most recently for its proposed tax giveaway to donors, corporations and millionaires.

The fact that Sanders had no logical response to Hemmer's simple questions was telling, given that Republicans are trying to rally support for the bill this week.

After hearing Sanders' non-answer, Hemmer tried again: "But you know, some of these studies show that middle-income Americans are going to see their taxes go higher eighteen months from now. And again, I come back to the question, 'Why is that okay?'"

Fact: According to the Tax Policy Center, 87 million families making less than $200,000 annually would experience a tax hike by 2027 under Senate Republicans' tax plan.

Furthermore, according to an analysis by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, "nearly 70 percent of the tax cuts would go to businesses over 10 years," the Associated Press reported. "The rest of the tax cuts appear to favor the wealthy."

Basically, the sweeping tax cuts for the rich and for corporations in the Republican plan are permanent, while the slight, targeted tax cuts for everyone else are fleeting.

It’s another reason why most voters don't support the tab bill, which is viewed negatively by a two-to-one margin, according to one recent poll.

Finishing up with Sanders, Hemmer stressed, "I really want to see American CEOs saying how much money they're going to bring back to the country and how many jobs they're going to create. And frankly, I don't think we've seen enough of it yet."

What we do know is that American CEOs have been completely open and forthright in announcing they're going to use the tax cuts to enrich their share holders, not their employees.

"Major companies including Cisco Systems Inc., Pfizer Inc. and Coca-Cola Co. say they’ll turn over most gains from proposed corporate tax cuts to their shareholders, undercutting President Donald Trump’s promise that his plan will create jobs and boost wages for the middle class," Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.

No wonder Sanders can't answer simple questions about the GOP tax scheme.