Republican politicians are doing a terrible job of talking about the fiscal cliff, and the voters are either confused or don’t care. Why? This info-graphic holds the answer.
If the Republicans in power had any clue what they were doing, they would be publicizing this graphic on every website, every Fox News program, and every radio talk station. This graph shows a detailed analysis of exactly who will suffer if Obama doesn’t give in to the Republicans in the House of Representatives in order to avoid the fiscal cliff.
So why aren’t Republicans publicizing this graph? Why isn’t the above analysis being shared with everyone far and wide?
The answer: it’s just too darn complicated. Republican politicians just can’t decide on a story to tell people.
After all, what are their options?
Do they point to the fact that the Bush Tax Cuts and Payroll Tax Cut affect average and poor people? It’s a little late for that, since they’ve already said that those people should be paying more in taxes and don’t really contribute anything to the economy anyway.
Do they point to the fact that high income tax breaks will be expiring and drastically increasing taxes on the delicate and dainty job creators? They know very well that this looks bad, because then they come across as only caring about rich people.
Do they point to all of the taxes associated with the new Obamacare Health Care taxes? Well, the graph above clearly shows that those will primarily be hitting the rich people, which undermines the whole narrative that Obamacare will cost the average person. We can’t have people realizing that Obamacare won’t cost middle-class and poor people any money.
Do they point to the fact that the Obama-Era Tax Cuts might expire? Since this will mostly affect poor people, it might make Republicans seem like they care about the poor. Unfortunately, they are called “Obama-Era Tax Cuts” so all that that conversation really does is remind people that Obama helped poor people.
As you can see, Republicans have painted themselves into a corner with this fiscal cliff. Once people are provided with all of the information, like the information in the graphic above, there is literally no argument that Republicans can use without undermining or contradicting stuff that they have said before.
Now THAT is what I call liberal bias!!!
graph data source: Tax Policy Center
graph found via: Marc To Market