Matthew Dowd’s Empty Virtue Signaling on Taxes

Last week, ABC’s Chief Political Analyst Matthew Dowd, a “Proud Independent” who puts “country over party” according to his Twitter profile, offered the following thought on Twitter: Any tax savings that I might get from this unfair and mean spirited GOP tax bill i [sic] will donate to charities to help the poor and vulnerable.  Who’s with me? Dowd was savaged in many of the responses, and rightfully so. User Lori Olivia tweeted, “Exactly! Charity is privately giving YOUR $ to those who you believe need it.  Charity is not forcing me to give MY money to what YOU believe in.” And that’s what it boils down to, certainly.  But let’s pause right here for a moment, and recognize that if Dowd does donate the difference to charity, this would do far more to “help the poor and vulnerable” than casting that money into the abyss of the general revenue which politicians dredge for payments to...(Read Full Post)