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Democratic lawmakers on Friday stepped up their attacks against the Senate Republican tax plan, slamming it as tax cuts for the rich and tax hikes for middle America.

The Washington Post took a shot at the plan, as well.

In a Thursday article, the Post claimed, “38 percent of Americans won't get a sizable tax cut under the Senate GOP plan.”

This runs contrary to claims made by congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump. The article reads, in part:

Trump has promised Americans “huge” tax cuts, but only 44 percent of taxpayers would see their tax bills reduced by more than $500 in 2019, according to JCT's analysis of the winners and losers in the plan.

The chart below was first reported by The Washington Post after a GOP senator's office shared it.

Fact, fiction, or purposely misleading? Fox News Senior Political Analyst Brit Hume sees it as at least the latter.

In a Thursday tweet, Hume pointed out an obvious fact not included in the Post's article: “Hardly surprising since roughly that percent of Americans pay no federal income taxes”:

Is Hume right? Forbes thinks so.

In a 2015 article headlined “New Estimates Of How Many Households Pay No Federal Income Tax,” Forbes quoted numbers from the Tax Policy Center, writing, in part:

The Tax Policy Center has updated its estimate of the percentage of households that will not pay federal income tax this year. We now figure it is 45.3 percent, nearly 5 percentage points higher than our 2013 estimate of 40.4 percent.

But that doesn’t mean more Americans have moved off the tax rolls.

Instead, the higher estimate reflects new and better estimates of the number of Americans who don’t file tax returns. Those additional non-payers were there all the time — we just failed to count them.

And that “tax cuts for rich” claim from Democrats? Or another popular claim: Wealthy people need to pay their “fair share”?

This chart from MarketWatch suggests both claims are untrue:

President John Adams is credited with having observed:

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

However, in today's world of politics, they can, however, at least be manipulated to support a narrative.

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.

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