Accuracy in Media

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D.-Mo.) has made repeated statements against the Republican tax reform law. The passage of the law has led to at least 100 American companies giving one-time raises and bonuses to employees, in addition to increasing minimum wage and 401(k) match amounts.

McCaskill’s own state has seen four employers give raises, per Freedom Partners, which is a pro-free-market organization affiliated with the Koch network.

The Washington Post’s Fact Checker parsed through the senator’s comments about the tax bill, which were the following:

“It’s a debt-inducing, make-rich-people-richer tax bill that in the long run 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.”

After analysis and comparison of various tax charts, the Washington Post gave McCaskill two Pinocchios for focusing on the long-term issues with the law (such as increasing the national debt and the tax cuts being temporary) instead of the short-term gains of employee bonuses, raised the minimum wage and 401(k) match increases.

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