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Sen Paul Uses 3rd Grade Math to Explain How Tax Cuts Work, Donny Deutsch Still Doesn't Understand

On Friday’s Morning Joe, MSNBC panelist Donny Deutsch pushed the typical liberal “tax cuts for the rich” narrative as he slammed the Republican health care reform bill: “The other side of the aisle will call this as a redistribution of wealth. Obviously, parties are given to hyperbole, but the reality according to the Center [for] Tax Policy is that 90 percent of the benefits in this plan go to families making $700,000 a year or more, the one percent. That is a fiscal reality.” He demanded of Senator Rand Paul (R-KY): “How do you explain that to some of the people, uh, some of the elderly people, some of the middle-class people, so they let lower income people who are on the other side of that?”

To provide some context on the referenced study, The Center for Tax Policy, “is a joint venture of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution,” two liberal think tanks. The senator explained to Deutsch that the rich pay more in income taxes while the poor pay almost nothing. Therefore, tax cuts will always benefit the rich disproportionately:

I think this is the same debate we get into anytime we want to cut taxes and it is really a math problem and people distort math to try to have partisan results. So, for example, the top one percent pay about 33 percent of the income tax. So the top 10 percent, those who make more than 200,000 pay 66 percent of the income tax. So if you have a flat tax and it’s sort of a math problem in the sense that if you cut taxes ten percent, the person who makes 100,000, 10 percent is a bigger number than 10 percent is at 10,000. But we also have a tax code that most people on the lower end are not paying much. Gradually over time we’ve taken people off the rolls at the very lowest end. So over 75,000 pay only four percent of the income tax. So really, it’s disingenuous to say this is a tax cut to for the rich. All tax cuts will benefit people who pay more in taxes before the tax cut. That’s just a fact. 

This was far too complicated for a member of the MSNBC family. Deutsch came back with this question: “But it is a four percent tax cut as far as on investments, in terms of payroll tax, it is a tax cut for the rich.” Paul’s answer had Deutsch shaking his head, leaving us to believe the marketing expert does not comprehend basic math:

Well, what it is is that the rich pay more in taxes and so any time you have a tax cut, even if you make it equal across the board and it’s not like we’re choosing people that have investment income. It just happens that this was a tax increase that was placed on the wealthy. When it comes off, it will be a tax cut for the wealthy, but the thing is the wealthy pay the taxes, so any tax cut, even if it is equal in percentage across the board will always benefit those who pay more in taxes.

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GMA: Mississippi’s ‘So-Called’ Religious Freedom Law ‘Endorses Bigotry’

On Friday, ABC’s Good Morning America could not contain its disgust over the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upholding a Mississippi religious freedom law that protects business owners with religious objections from being forced to participate in gay weddings, among other provisions.

Correspondent David Wright sneered that “the so-called religious objections law…would allow people in that state to deny services to same-sex couples on religious grounds.” However, he reassured liberal viewers that “representatives of the LGBT community say they’re not giving up.”

The reporter declared: “Supporters of the measure say it protects the beliefs of people who insist marriage is between a man and a woman, and who believe a person’s gender is determined at birth….But opponents say the Mississippi law endorses bigotry, pure and simple.”

Beyond the obvious nasty smear of claiming the law “endorses bigotry,” notice how Wright dismissed people who “believe” that “a person’s gender is determined at birth.” That’s not a belief, it’s a SCIENTIFIC FACT. A real journalist would have been able to figure that out.

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After the slanted report, openly gay co-host Robin Roberts put aside any pretense of objectivity in favor of blatant activism:

I often say I love my home state. You know, I was just there this past weekend. There are a lot of good people, great people in the state of Mississippi….The LGBT community is not looking for special treatment. They’re not looking for special rights. It’s about equal rights, civil rights, human rights. That’s what it’s all about.

Wright agreed: “Absolutely.”

Roberts complained: “But this wasn’t voted on by the people, this was a [state] house bill that was signed by the governor.” Fun fact, that’s actually what a representative democracy looks like.

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Here is a full transcript of the June 23 segment:

7:14 AM ET

ROBIN ROBERTS: Now to a major court decision in Mississippi saying businesses and government employees can deny services to LGBT couples because of religious objections. ABC’s David Wright is here, has the details for us. Good morning, David.

DAVID WRIGHT: Good morning, Robin. The Fifth Circuit’s decision means Mississippi could soon begin enforcing the so-called religious objections law, which would allow people in that state to deny services to same-sex couples on religious grounds. But representatives of the LGBT community say they’re not giving up.

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Appeals Court Upholds “Religious Freedom” Law; Allows Service to be Denied to LGBT Couples]

Even though the U.S. Supreme Court says same-sex couples have a constitutionally guaranteed right to get married, Mississippi’s law says people who disagree have a right to refuse to serve them.

RENICK TAYLOR [PLAINTIFF]: I’m afraid this is going to be yet another excuse to hate. My wedding is July 4th and it throws it all into question.

WRIGHT: This ruling, reminiscent of Indiana’s controversial religious freedom bill, which then- Governor Mike Pence signed into law. That law allowed business owners to discriminate based on sexual orientation. The owners of this pizza place in Walkerton, Indiana, refused to cater a gay wedding.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN [MEMORIES PIZZA]: I do not think it is targeting gays personally – I don’t think it’s discrimination.

WRIGHT: Mississippi’s law, House Bill 1523, passed at the state house after the Supreme Court issued its ruling on same-sex marriage, but was never allowed to take effect. Supporters of the measure say it protects the beliefs of people who insist marriage is between a man and a woman, and who believe a person’s gender is determined at birth.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Simply all we’re trying to do is say that people of faith have some protection from an overbearing government.

WRIGHT: But opponents say the Mississippi law endorses bigotry, pure and simple.

Well, opponents of the law have several other avenues of appeal open to them. They plan to appeal immediately. There’s also hope that maybe the legislature could change the law. That’s what happened in Indiana –

ROBERTS: In Indiana.

WRIGHT: Exactly, where Governor Pence signed into law some changes designed to address the LGBT community’s concerns.

ROBERTS: I often say I love my home state. You know, I was just there this past weekend. There are a lot of good people, great people in the state of Mississippi. Where I went to high school, my family has lived there since 1969, my parents are buried in the national cemetery in Biloxi because my father served in the military in three wars.

The LGBT community is not looking for special treatment. They’re not looking for special rights. It’s about equal rights, civil rights, human rights.

WRIGHT: Absolutely.

ROBERTS: That’s what it’s all about.

DAVID MUIR: You have a lot of love for your home state.

ROBERTS: I do, I do. But this is something that perhaps, like they did in Indiana, they could take a look at it. But this wasn’t voted on by the people, this was a [state] house bill that was signed by the governor.

MUIR: And we’ll be watching it.