Conservative Hoax Has Fundies Fuming: ‘More Punishment For Working Hard’


The conservative persecution complex is in full swing. A Facebook status claiming that the ACA has shrunk your paycheck is making the rounds again and it has all the grizzly stuff that poor, put-upon fundamentalists are looking for to fly into a tizzy: Taxes have gone up on hard-working Americans, because of the ACA and Democrats! Workers are being penalized and it benefit the takers! Even Real estate and investments are being penalized to benefit lazy, welfare using non-workers!

One major roadblock — it is not true.

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We all know how bad the white, upper-middle-class Christians have it (sarcasm font). Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska til she quit, once looked at a starched shirt, pale skinned, upper income group of Christians at the so-called “Family Values Summit” and said she was looking at some of the most slandered people in America.

The blatant, unapologetic intolerance, racism and the rampant oh-poor-me syndrome on the far right, is in direct opposition to the facts, but don’t imagine conservatives let that get in the way.

Here is the newest version of an old lie:

Screen capture from Facebook.

Screen capture from Facebook.

Snopes.com has been dealing with this sort of lie, updated and evolving, since August 2014. Here is the origin of the meme:

This item about a collection of U.S. tax increases which were supposedly enacted as of 1 January 2015 due to the provisions of the Affordable Care Act was circulated widely at the beginning of 2015, but it was merely an updated version of identical claims circulated the previous year that set 1 January 2014 or 1 July 2014 as the imposition date for those tax increases.

Although the tax increases listed in this item did come to pass, they took effect at the beginning of 2013 (not 2014 or 2015), were completely unrelated to the Affordable Care Act, applied only to very high-income earners, and have been overstated in this list. These tax hikes were enacted through the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, a compromise bill pushed through Congress as a partial resolution to the then-looming “fiscal cliff” crisis. Under the provisions of that bill:

  • The top marginal federal income tax rate increased from 35% to 39.6%
  • The top marginal tax rate on long-term capital gains increased from 15% to 20% (not 28%).
  • The top marginal tax rate on dividends increased from 15% to 20% (not 39.6%).
  • Estate taxes increased from 35% of an estate’s value in excess of $5,120,000 (in 2012) to 40% of the value above $5,340,000 (in 2014).

Some of the “facts” shown here are just pure fiction:

The list’s reference to an “income payroll tax” increase from 37.4% to 52.2% is something of a mystery, as this is not a standard term for any type of government income- or payroll-related tax. …

Additionally, this item’s coda claiming that “not one Republican voted to do these taxes” is completely false. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 passed Congress by a margin of 89-8 in the Senate with 40 Republican votes in favor, and a margin of 257-167 in the House with 85 Republican votes in favor.

As you can see, this status is not even in the same ballpark as facts, but that didn’t stop it from being shared 21 times in only three hours and it was posted at 9:55, Pacific Time, on a Thursday. This meme is only considered a mixture of true and false because they used a few real taxes out of context and then threw in complete fiction about the ACA to get the conservatives really foaming at the mouth.

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