Not a single reporter asked President Joe Biden at his first solo press conference about the administration’s about-face over its massive tax hike proposal.
White House press secretary Jen psaki said at a March 17 press briefing that “families”Whose household incomes total more than $ 400,000 will see their taxes increase. The statement contradicts Biden’s claim that individuals – not families – would see taxes increased over the course of a interview with ABC News airing the same day: “Yes, anyone who earns more than $ 400,000 will see a small or large increase in taxes. If you earn less than $ 400,000, you won’t see an additional penny of federal tax. ” The Wall Street Journal sums up that the change in storytelling meant that “if you’re a two-earner household earning $ 200,000 each, you might get hit.”
The White House’s pro-Biden press corps didn’t even bother to try to hold him accountable for the apparent deception.
Biden actually raised the question of taxes without being directly questioned about it. And no one has sued to question the shift in rhetoric about tax hikes:
If you notice, didn’t you find it interesting enough that my Republican friends are worried about the cost and taxes to be paid, if there is a tax to be collected while they are talking about it, to face the law? that we just passed, which puts money in the pockets of people, ordinary people, to hear them complain when they passed a tax cut of almost $ 2 trillion Trump, 83% going to the richest 1%. Do you hear them talking about it?
Instead, the American people were treated to a cacophony of embarrassing questions, such as the following embarrassing question from the White House reporter. Zeke Miller from the Associated Press:
One of the defining challenges you will face in the coming months is how to keep your promise to Americans on issues such as immigration reform, gun control, the right to vote, change. All are currently facing firm and united opposition from Republicans on Capitol Hill. . How far are you prepared to go to fulfill those promises you made to the American people?
Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for PBS, said illegal immigrants viewed Biden as a “moral decent man,” before pontificating that is precisely why “a lot of immigrants come to this country and entrust you with unaccompanied minors.” .
Apparently, neither Miller, Alcindor, nor any other reporter considered Biden’s seemingly broken promise that no one earning less than $ 400,000 will “see a single dime of extra federal tax” as an issue to be raised. .
Biden led his campaign to raise taxes and he always had several plans along the way. He was just never willing to provide details on any of these plans. No transparency of this administration. Now all of a sudden the truth is revealed: $ 200,000 for individuals, $ 400,000 for families.
The Wall Street Journal also summarized how the Biden administration’s narrative shift on tax hikes is a typical leftist tactic:
This is a tax bait and a familiar switch. Democrats promise they will only tax the rich, but there isn’t enough, and the rich don’t have enough money to fund the Democratic Party’s endless spending programs. Millions of Americans Mr. Biden wants to tax are not rich. They are successful Americans, usually at the peak of their lives, who could earn $ 200,000 for a few years.
The Conservatives are under attack. Contact ABC News (818-460-7477), CBS News (212-975-3247) and NBC News (212- 664-6192) and demand that they hold the Biden administration accountable for changing the narrative on its hike plans tax.
Curtis Houck, Editor-in-Chief of NewsBusters, contributed to this report.