Elizabeth Warren keeps on dodging that middle-class tax question.
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren again refused to say if middle-class tax hikes would happen with her Medicare For All plan during the Democratic Presidential Debate.
Asking Warren how she’s going to pay for her healthcare plan is a “gotcha” question?! My gosh.
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) October 16, 2019
Whether it’s a tax hike on you personally, or on the company you work for it is a tax on you.
Left-leaning members of the media definitely don’t want anyone asking Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) whether her plan to provide Medicare benefits for all Americans (as well as her plan to forgive student loans, expand social welfare programs, and tackle climate change) might result in a middle class tax hike.
Following her middling debate performance, journalists who (apparently) prefer Warren were concerned that she was being distracted and, ultimately, derailed by questions probing whether her ambitious platform is in any way realistic. The questions are fair; Warren has promised a lot and there’s no guarantee a single tax hike on “Wall Street bankers” will provide the kind of revenue a “Medicare for All” plan would require in perpetuity.
CNN’s debate moderators wanted to know, quite simply, what would happen when Warren ran out of banker money. But that was clearly a bridge too far for Warren’s friends in the media.
Margaret Sullivan of the Washington Post was, seemingly, the first to call out CNN over its obsession with how Warren plans to finance her platform, suggesting in her debate wrap up for the mainstream media publication that questions about a possible middle class tax hike were “doing President Trump’s work for him,” because “it’s legitimate to dig into the costs, but not in a way that creates a nice GOP campaign ad.” More
Some of these so-called journalists and I use that word in the loosest terms possible should just give it up and go on the campaign trail with their favorite candidate. After all, they stopped reporting the news a long time ago to become political activists.
The “make Elizabeth warren say she would raise taxes on the middle class” question should be a credibility killer. For the journalists who keep asking it.
— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) October 16, 2019
“Will you raise middle class taxes” is a lazy, gotcha question based on untested premises. A fairer question would be to ask candidates to explain how they’d convince voters of the tax tradeoff’s benefits. https://t.co/BLqtVXpJZ9
— Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) October 16, 2019
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