Monday, August 11, 2014

Robert Reich on regressive lies

On his FB page today he counters 5 popular regressive lies used to turn us on each other. They know they can't win people with reality so they pull shit out of their ass to manipulate us. I won't restate the lies but will just provide the factual truths:

1. "Almost all welfare programs now require recipients to be working. We now have the highest percentage of working poor since data have been collected."

2. "Poor Americans pay sales taxes (comprising 30% of all government revenues), which take a bigger bite out of their incomes than anyone else’s, and if they work they pay Social Security taxes."

3. "Undocumented workers aren’t eligible [for welfare]; in fact, most have to pay into Social Security although they won’t be collecting it on retirement."

4. "The recent surge of illegal immigration is due to [...] the drug war (which Republicans have long championed) moving into Central America."

5.  "Obamacare [...] saves money by reducing costs of emergency room care, and its only tax (2.8% on capital gains) falls almost entirely on the wealthy."

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