For those of you who read the April 19th edition of the Central Virginian you may have noticed representative Dave Brat’s op-ed claiming that according to Americans for Tax Reform, “… over 500 companies are directing part of their tax cut savings to their combined four million employees in the form of higher compensation.”
Despite being a flat out lie, he doubles down on that claim saying; “Small businesses are also big winners under the new code. They receive a new 20 percent tax deduction on their earnings. This will allow them to keep more of their earnings to pay down debts, improve or expand their operations, and reward their employees.”
He invited the CV’s readers to join him in celebrating how tax cuts work at an event hosted by the Job Creators Network, claiming that these “… tax cuts amount to real savings.” Since he first ran for office, deliberate obfuscation’s, misdirection’s accompanied by astroturfed support from front groups like AFP and the Koch Brothers are all he’s ever offered, unless one counts xenophobic dog whistles.
Perhaps that’s why his supporters were outnumbered by protestors at this event.
Unfortunately what he’s really talking about is savings for the wealthiest amongst us, while the rest of us are left with the “crumbs.”
Those of you who have read my letters in the CV and pieces in Blue Louisa over the years know that I’ve never made any bones about their shameless promotion of far right ideology and tact acceptance of extremism; whether it’s in their syndicated columns, or reprinting whatever Brat, Reeves, and Garrett have to say, regardless of how accurate or truthful it is.
What you probably don't know is that for the past 6 months, the CV editor has refused to print my letters, claiming that's “it’s our decision," while refusing to elaborate further. So if you want to see more letters discussing local, regional and national issues, keep writing to them. Meanwhile, Blue Louisa continues to offer local writers an alternative platform free of their restrictions.
But keep in mind that even the most widely read piece in Blue Louisa will reach a few hundred Democratic and progressive readers, while the CV's letters reach thousands. And with regard to Brat's misleading op-ed, any public response falls to local writers and hopefully the two candidates running against him, Abigail Spanberger, and Dan Ward.
So it should be most interesting to see what the CV prints in the days to come
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