Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Newsweek piece 'doesn't add up' [Scam at Newsweek]
Washington Times ^ | Apr 10, 2004 | editorial

Posted on 04/10/2004 1:20:29 AM PDT by The Raven

Edited on 07/12/2004 4:14:28 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

With a gigantic IRS 1040 income-tax form covering a slightly ajar door presumably leading to a room filled with tightly guarded information, the headline of Newsweek's current cover story screams: "The Dirty Little Secret of the Tax Cut: Why It's Smaller Than You Think." Inside, the article greets the reader with the bold assertion: "Why Your Tax Cut Doesn't Add Up." But the only thing that doesn't add up is the article itself. It is replete with misstatements and distortions masquerading as the real-life experiences of Americans since President Bush's tax cuts were enacted in 2001 and 2003.


(Excerpt) Read more at washtimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial
KEYWORDS: 2004election; 2004electionbias; antibush; boycott; boycottnewsweek; bushtaxcut; bushtaxcuts; ccrm; economicrecovery; election2004; lyingliars; mediabias; medialies; mediashillsforkerry; newsweek; taxcut; taxcuts; taxes; taxsurplus; theeconomy
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-54 next last
Why Your Tax Cut Doesn't Add Up(anti tax-cut piece)
1 posted on 04/10/2004 1:20:30 AM PDT by The Raven
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: The Raven
Amazing .. the lengths to which the rabid dems will go in order to regain their power.

Poor Eleanor Cliff .. she's having one bad day after another .. I have not seen the woman smile since Bush got elected. I wonder how much involvement she had with this hit piece.

Talk about journalistic ethics being violated - these people are going off the deep end.
2 posted on 04/10/2004 1:33:35 AM PDT by CyberAnt (The 2004 Election is for the SOUL of AMERICA)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: The Raven
What is truly pathetic is that Newsweek's assertions are so easily refuted, and any thinking person would recognize that something was fishy about this blatantly untrue article. However, the typical Rat will accept it as gospel truth, and spread the lie to their equally ignorant friends.
3 posted on 04/10/2004 1:45:25 AM PDT by KAUAIBOUND (Hawaii - a Socialist paradise)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: CyberAnt
Talk about journalistic ethics being violated... I think we have to realise that mainstream media these days is not news - it's "news entertainment" - it's a bit like the WWF (World Wrestling Federation) that's "sports entertainment". If anyone is seriously interested in news they won’t be going to newsweak!
4 posted on 04/10/2004 1:54:23 AM PDT by Free_at_last_-2001 (is clinton in jail yet?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: The Raven
In the United States, the top 1% of taxpayers typically pay about 30% of income taxes. The top 10% pay about 60%, and the top 25% about 80%. The bottom 50% pay less than 5%.

As noted by Paul Craig Roberts in his 1997 column, The Poor Have Enslaved The Rich, “Once we perverted our democracy in 1913 with a constitutional amendment permitting an income tax, we set about enslaving our most productive citizens.”

Harrison, George:
(a commentary on England’s 95% tax rate on upper incomes)
Let me tell you how it will be
There’s one for you nineteen for me
Cause I’m the taxman
Should five percent appear too small
Be thankful I don’t take it all
Cause I’m the taxman

Jefferson, Thomas:
To take from one, because it is thought that his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, “the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry, and the fruits acquired by it.”

Lincoln, Abraham:
That one man can labor more productively than another no more entitles him to the lesser man’s little than the lesser man is entitled to the greater one’s much.

Plato:
When there is an income tax, the just will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.

Sobran, Joseph:
The flat tax is less unjust than the graduated tax, but it is still unjust. It causes some people to pay more than others for the same goods. . . . The fairest method would be for everyone to pay the same amount for government services. . . . Just take the government budget, divide by the adult population, and you’ve got everyone’s fair share of taxes.

Reagan, Ronald:
Republicans believe that every day is the fourth of July, but Democrats believe every day is April 15.

5 posted on 04/10/2004 2:08:07 AM PDT by Dr. Juris
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: The Raven

"Newsweek biased? Never!!!"

6 posted on 04/10/2004 2:13:36 AM PDT by SkyPilot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Free_at_last_-2001
It is a joke - what we are witnessing now is nothing less than The Big Lie, an attempt to rewrite history: Bush is evil, Clinton was great. It's really disgusting.

But I think it's a big mistake to just laugh them off. That media still influences a lot of people, and there is a very real chance that the general public will, by summer's end, be brainwashed.

We've got to stand up to these liars NOW, or Kery's in. That's scary.
7 posted on 04/10/2004 2:14:01 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: The Raven
Can't Newsweak get it's head out of it's butt log enough too realize that people already know whether they have got lower taxes? Good grief, the last couple of years have shown us, why didn't Newsweak get a clue? Proagandists!
8 posted on 04/10/2004 2:42:41 AM PDT by Waco
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: The Raven
We get Newsweek but I don't know how or why as we never asked for it nor paid for a subscription.It goes in the trash,unopened, as soon as it comes in the mail.What a pitiful excuse for a news mag. News distortion is it's middle name.

Most of the media whether t.v. or written word are biased lefties but Newsweek has a corner on that market. To me they are the worst and this tear-jerker of a hit piece should take none of us by surprise.

I'm one of those who was taught that hating is wrong.But the more I read/hear their selfish, un-American, power grabbing diatribes, that teaching is unraveling.
9 posted on 04/10/2004 2:43:36 AM PDT by Lakeside
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Lakeside
BTT
10 posted on 04/10/2004 2:49:03 AM PDT by jwalsh07
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Juris
Luke 19:26
For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.

On the other hand:

Luke 12:48
...For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

However, one should check the differing contexts.
11 posted on 04/10/2004 3:10:17 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Rumble Thee Forth...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: KAUAIBOUND
You cannot petition a democrat with logic. It hurts their minds.
12 posted on 04/10/2004 4:14:09 AM PDT by raybbr (My 1.4 cents - It used to be 2 cents, but after taxes - you get the idea.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: The Raven
IMHO "news" outlets-Newsweek/NYT etc..that publish as news what should be labeled and published on their OP/ED pages may well be guilty of mail fraud.
13 posted on 04/10/2004 4:16:26 AM PDT by mo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: The Raven
Who the hell subscribes to Newsweek anyway besides public libraries and doctors' offices? I'm serious - I wonder what their demographic is - the people who think "Us" magazine is too sententious? It's hard to organize a boycott against a magazine no-one buys.
14 posted on 04/10/2004 4:21:22 AM PDT by Puddleglum (The Dems seem to have no problem in outsourcing America's oil production.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: The Raven
One of my cousins refers to Newsweek as "The Comic Book".
15 posted on 04/10/2004 4:24:27 AM PDT by Hacksaw (theocratic paleoconistic Confederate flag waving loyalty oath supporter)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: canuck_conservative
forget economics: here's the political point: the cuts were big enough to pull us out of the Clinton recession to the strongest quarter in 20 years!!! and that's the TRUTH!!
16 posted on 04/10/2004 4:45:32 AM PDT by avital2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Lakeside
We get Newsweek but I don't know how or why as we never asked for it nor paid for a subscription.

Maybe the Glorious Revolution of the Red Dawn thinks there is hope you can be salvaged.

My wife attended college in Massachusetts, and was informed there that she WOULD read Newsweek..and that was a long, long time ago, now. It's just part of the institution...the Left's Little Red Book.

17 posted on 04/10/2004 4:47:57 AM PDT by Gorzaloon (Contents may have settled during shipping, but this tagline contains the stated product weight.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Waco
I like your spelling of Newsweak.

I long ago stopped reading Time and Newsweak due to their yellow journalism and extreme leftist bias. Both rags have degenerated into the "anti-Bush hatchet job of the week".

Nobody of any real intelligence reads either.
18 posted on 04/10/2004 4:54:07 AM PDT by Bon mots
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: KAUAIBOUND
...the typical Rat will accept it as gospel truth, and spread the lie to their equally ignorant friends.

You can take that to the bank!

19 posted on 04/10/2004 5:02:21 AM PDT by ride the whirlwind (GOP - grace over pressure)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: The Raven
Bookmarking-for when my father-in-law calls to tell me about Bush's lies.
20 posted on 04/10/2004 5:17:23 AM PDT by j_tull ("I may make you feel, but I can't make you think.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Juris
“Once we perverted our democracy in 1913 with a constitutional amendment permitting an income tax, we set about enslaving our most productive citizens.”

In the interest of accuracy the original Constitution had already granted the Congress the power to levy an income tax.

Article 1 Section 8 - The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

However, the Constitution forbid the congress from directly taxing the citizen.

Article 1 Section 9 - No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken.

The 16th Amendment in 1913 added the power to tax the citizen directly.

Article. XVI. [Proposed 1909; Questionably Ratified 1913]

The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.

With that added power and the ensuing 17th Amendment the Constitutional experiment as envisioned by the framers of the Constitution had no chance of succeeding.

21 posted on 04/10/2004 5:28:18 AM PDT by MosesKnows
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: The Raven
Our went up considerably but I'm not complaining because over all Bush has cut taxes. It's ridiculous how the media has run out of real problem areas that they are resorting to total lies. I've heard from older life long RATS who have seen the light and are turned off of from all the baloney and are voting Republican this time. Let the media keep it up and Nader will leave Kerry in his dust.
22 posted on 04/10/2004 5:44:28 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: The Raven
I don't credit any "study" that bases its conclusions on anecdotal evidence. That's what this piece obviously has done. It's facile enough for some half-wit to say "Duh, I didn't see any savings." But it's the responsibility of those who are using his testimony to verify its truth.
23 posted on 04/10/2004 5:49:56 AM PDT by Agnes Heep (Solus cum sola non cogitabuntur orare pater noster)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: The Raven
...btt
24 posted on 04/10/2004 6:03:43 AM PDT by chiller (JUDGES is JOB #1)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Bon mots
Be nice, I read Time, or rather, I look at the pretty pictures and graphs.
25 posted on 04/10/2004 6:05:38 AM PDT by imfleck
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Timesink; *CCRM; governsleastgovernsbest; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; ...
*The "revived" public Media Schadenfreude and and Media Shenanigans list.

26 posted on 04/10/2004 6:13:01 AM PDT by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: The Raven
I'm printing out this article and stapling it to the copy of Newsweek in my reception room. I know, I should just throw out the rag. I don't subscribe to it, my landlord's wife does and she's the receptionist. She's a big lib. I don't want to create too huge a confrontation. I think making this article available will be enough.
27 posted on 04/10/2004 6:33:36 AM PDT by Mercat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: The Raven
Newsweek should publish their pictures in black and white, so their dumbass readers have something to color.

Thanks Washington Times for a great, fact-filled rubuttal.

28 posted on 04/10/2004 6:41:40 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: The Raven
I READ this article last night when I was at Barnes and Noble. I was scratching my head. Though I know Newsweek is a propaganda rag, I was still surprised because their campaigning was so blatant. My family has saved something like $9000 in taxes over the past three years. The article is just flat wrong and Newsweek REALLY needs to be called to task for this.

TIME also ran a economy piece (or something, I can't remember the specifics) that was trying to "come across" as objective in it's reporting. But within a paragraph or two, it was slamming Bush in subtle ways, and outright lying in what it said. The article went very soft on Kerry.

Then I picked up another publication, something the New York Times put out about retirement. The first chapter I opened to was about the need for a "national healthcare system" - it too was extremely left.

Maybe I'm paranoid, but it seems like this propaganda is EVERYWHERE. I'm looking at Yahoo online. Their news headers and articles are extremely liberal and more BS.

All this nonesense has its effect on people who have their "facts" filtered through these "credible" news sources. I have a son in Washington State. He's 11. His mother tells me he hates Bush. The first question I asked her, wasn't "why does he hate Bush" but rather "where does he get his information about Bush?". His mother said "CNN" and I said, "no wonder."

29 posted on 04/10/2004 6:43:59 AM PDT by paulsy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Lakeside
"We get Newsweek but I don't know how or why as we never asked for it nor paid for a subscription"

Someone is probably paying for your subscription as a "gift" - Maybe find out who it is and tell them to stop spamming you with leftist propaganda.

30 posted on 04/10/2004 6:47:25 AM PDT by paulsy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: The Raven
Thank you Washington Times! These slimes must be exposed far and wide. Disgusting.

I hope the Times and the WSJ expand on these 3 families in front page stories to further expose Newsweak.

31 posted on 04/10/2004 6:52:58 AM PDT by chiller (JUDGES is JOB #1)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: paulsy
"Maybe I'm paranoid, but it seems like this propaganda is EVERYWHERE."

Send the bastards a lesson in November that we're not buying their crap.

Talk radio was first, then the internet, then Fox News. They'll learn eventually as each of these 3 continue to grow and come to dominate, while they wither. Chin up, it's happening, if slowly.

32 posted on 04/10/2004 7:00:00 AM PDT by chiller (JUDGES is JOB #1)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: raybbr
You cannot petition a democrat with logic. It hurts their minds.

Briefly. Then the circuit breakers trip, logical function shuts down, and the real babbling begins, usually with increasing volume and levels of detectable vocal stress...

33 posted on 04/10/2004 7:10:25 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (As the oldest generation dies, the memory of liberty fades into obscurity, replaced by an impostor)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: paulsy
Maybe I'm paranoid, but it seems like this propaganda is EVERYWHERE

You're not paranoid.

34 posted on 04/10/2004 7:10:29 AM PDT by Howlin ((Please stop.....you know I don't have the intellect to keep up with you!))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: chiller
Agree. A great story on how these people were interviewed and what they really said and thought versus what was in the article. An editor somewhere at Newsweek needs to be slapped hard for allowing this to be published as the truth.
35 posted on 04/10/2004 7:13:09 AM PDT by RedEyeJack
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: The Raven
BTTT Expose the left!!
36 posted on 04/10/2004 7:59:23 AM PDT by SW6906
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: The Raven; Alamo-Girl; Ragtime Cowgirl; Congressman Billybob; mhking
Good find!

Why such ignorance and lies from a supposed independent and "responsible press"? ... He asked rhetorically.

Have you sent this to MRC.ORG - They analyze and report media bias.
37 posted on 04/10/2004 8:07:08 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only support FR by donating monthly, but ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Gorzaloon
My wife attended college in Massachusetts, and was informed there that she WOULD read Newsweek..and that was a long, long time ago, now. It's just part of the institution...the Left's Little Red Book.

I took an English Comp course at UNO back in the late '70s taught by a flaming lib, who later became a regular commentator on our local PBS station. He required us to read Newsweek and write a composition based on one of the stories every week. He and I went round and round that year because I would argue with him about various political comments he would make. I wasn't even interested in politics back then, but I knew a lie when I heard one.

38 posted on 04/10/2004 8:10:06 AM PDT by alnick
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: paulsy
Speaking of Time Magazine, I'll never forget about a year ago (or maybe shortly after the 2002 election ass-kicking, how Joe Klein (Primary Colors) had a front cover piece called, roughly, "What's Wrong With The Democratic Party? (And How They Can Fix It)"

I wasn't amazed so much as po'd.
39 posted on 04/10/2004 8:31:12 AM PDT by torchthemummy (Florida 2000: There Would Have Been No 5-4 Without A 7-2)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: MizSterious; The Raven
Why Your Tax Cut Doesn't Add Up was written by Allan Sloan, Ari Berman, Elizabeth Macbride, Jamie Reno and Robina Riccitiello as a "cockroach journalism" piece for Newsweek.

Wonderful Post-News Media World editorial by the Washington Times.

40 posted on 04/10/2004 8:32:07 AM PDT by an amused spectator (FR: Leaving the burning dog poop bag of Truth on the front door step of the liberal media since 1996)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: The Raven
Newsweek, huh?
I haven't seen a copy of Newsweek since my daughter's braces came off.
41 posted on 04/10/2004 8:38:45 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: The Raven
I thought I did pretty good under the current tax system. I'm a single dad, have sole custody of my ten year old daughter - here's my 2003 info:

Adjusted gross $23,219
Taxable income $10,119
Total tax $19
Total payments $1,613
Refund $1,594
Effective tax rate -4.35%

I can't complain.
42 posted on 04/10/2004 8:55:38 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob (LORD, WHAT CAN THE HARVEST HOPE FOR, IF NOT FOR THE CARE OF THE REAPER MAN?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tennessee_Bob
I think you may be due another 1,000

see here

http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=96406,00.html


e-mail if you have questions
43 posted on 04/10/2004 9:31:15 AM PDT by VRWC_minion
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: Stillwaters
Ping!
44 posted on 04/10/2004 9:34:21 AM PDT by lonevoice (Some things have to be believed to be seen)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: The Raven
Since I never bother with Newsweek, I'm not sure how they handle letters to the editor; but letters to them and the editors of newspapers nationwide spelling out this set of facts should arrive from thousands of FReepers. Then the "usual suspects" (O'Reilly. Rush, Hannity, etc.) should be brought up to speed on it. Gotta' get the word out to the woefully underinformed ABCNNBCBS victims somehow.
45 posted on 04/10/2004 9:43:55 AM PDT by JimRed (Fight election fraud! Volunteer as a local poll watcher, challenger or district official.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: The Raven
Okay...I know why these people didn't get a tax cut. They're paying more taxes now than three years ago...because they're making MORE money! Or else they expected the tax cut to eliminate the loathed 1040 form.
46 posted on 04/10/2004 9:51:55 AM PDT by dufekin (Eliminate genocidal terrorist military dictator Kim Jong Il ASAP)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: The Raven
Yeah, and I imagine a lot of this brain dead portion of the population read the Wash Times.(/sarcasm)

I haven't subscribed to Time or Newsweek for DECADES and urge all here to do the same (if you haven't already).

47 posted on 04/10/2004 9:54:00 AM PDT by iconoclast
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: The Raven
Whoops, I forgot...some of these people may have simply miscalculated their taxes, or they checked the little box on some form that says, "I oppose the tax cut and wish to pay a tax rate of _____%." (which must be greater than the minimum tax rate.)
48 posted on 04/10/2004 9:54:03 AM PDT by dufekin (Eliminate genocidal terrorist military dictator Kim Jong Il ASAP)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MizSterious; All
Thank you for the ping. If you want to rid yourself of a magazine, newsletter or anything to which you did not subscribe, write "Return to Sender - We did not subscribe" or simply "Refused" and give it to your mailman. Should the mailman refuse it, drop it in a mail drop box or the post office.

Sometimes you have to do it twice, but it will stop and it will also cut down on some of your junk mail! It's like replying to the credit card companies using their own postage - write boldly across the application "remove me from your mailing/offers list" and drop it in their SASE.

Hope this helps!
49 posted on 04/10/2004 10:25:12 AM PDT by BlessedByLiberty (Respectfully submitted,)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: MEG33
bump
50 posted on 04/10/2004 10:36:43 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 49 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-54 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson