‘Harris would have done better not to suggest that she had a way to pay for a generous $500-a-month program…’
(Dan E. Way, Liberty Headlines) Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., displayed her often-strained relationship with the truth again Tuesday after falsely claiming her tax plan would reward middle class taxpayers with up to $6,000 a year.
Even the liberal Washington Post took her to task; the newspaper’s fact checkers gave Harris three “Pinocchios” for the fishy class-warfare assertion made in a YouTube ad called Me, Maya, and Mom.
Harris said her proposal would hit the rich—those in the top 1 percent of income, and the richest corporations—by repealing Republican tax cuts passed in 2017. That would enable her to put $500 monthly into the pockets of other Americans, the biggest middle class tax cut in a generation, she boasted.
The problem, as The Post’s Glenn Kessler summed up, is that Harris, a sitting U.S. senator and former California attorney general, was guilty of “fuzzy math.”
“In other words, Harris actually proposes to reverse the tax cuts for anyone making more than $100,000, not just the top 1 percent,” Kessler said.
“Harris would have done better not to suggest that she had a way to pay for a generous $500-a-month program. But since she did, she earns Three Pinocchios.”
The Washington Free Beacon reviewed the Post fact-checker’s work, which concluded half of U.S. households would get a tax cut but the other half would see their tax bill rise. Even then Harris’ plan comes up $40 billion short of its promises.
The Tax Foundation previously panned Harris’s plan. It determined her “LIFT (Livable Incomes for Families Today) the Middle-Class Act” introduced in 2018 “would reduce federal revenue by $2.7 trillion on a conventional basis and $2.8 trillion on a dynamic basis. It would reduce economic output by 0.7 percent and result in about 825,906 fewer full-time equivalent jobs.”
Harris was disparaged by The Post previously for her attacks on the GOP tax cuts. She received four Pinocchios in February for saying the tax cuts were a tax hike on the middle class.
In April she received two Pinocchios for deceptively claiming her truancy policy as a district attorney and attorney general did not result in parents going to jail.
A CNN poll of presidential candidates released Tuesday bore more grim news for the Harris campaign. She plummeted 12 points into single digits—from 17 to 5 points—in support among Democratic voters.
She’s also in single digits in a number of other polls tracked by RealClear Politics the past week, including FOX News, Politico and The Hill.
Former Vice President Joe Biden leads by a comfortable margin in most polls.
Harris’s flagging fortunes come amid a series of recent untruths and policy flip–flops.
She and fellow Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., were accused of lying, enflaming racial tensions, and libeling an innocent police officer earlier this month when they said Michael Brown, a young black man, was murdered in Ferguson, Missouri, five years ago.
Then-President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice cleared white police officer Darren Wilson of any wrongdoing.
But during a big-donor event in the Hamptons on Sunday, she repudiated Sanders’s plan in favor of her own. Sanders voiced his displeasure with her criticism of him and his plan on Monday.