Since tax reform’s successful passage, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has done everything possible to stop Missourians from seeing how harmful her efforts to stop it were. As part of that, she’s refused to comment, and then significantly downplayed the impact of her opposition by claiming that tax reform “is not going to be helpful to the vast majority of people in my state that are sitting around the kitchen table trying to figure out how [to] come out even at the end of the month.”
Senator McCaskill’s statement is immediately recognized as ridiculously out-of-touch, the kind of thing only a multi-millionaire could believe. And now, with the Washington Post’sfact check, we have further confirmation of that fact. This morning, the Post gave the above statement Two Pinocchios:
“So we face a conundrum. McCaskill framed her statement to reflect the findings of scorekeepers of the bill in 2027, even if the law was designed this way for budget reasons, not practical reality. Her staff says that means her statement is accurate. But in doing so, she ignores the more immediate impact of the law, which probably means noticeable tax cuts for her constituents for a number of years. So she’s telling only half the story. Two Pinocchios“
Only someone, like Senator McCaskill, who flies in private jets and owns multi-million dollar condos could believe that bonuses, pay raises, and the tax cuts themselves, won’t help Missouri families every month.