There is an interesting passage in Isaiah 8:12-13, exhorting the Israelis during a period of social upheaval and national calamity not be conned by conspiracy theories but instead seek truth and depend upon the Lord - not man.
All manner of conspiracy theories during the election cycle postulated that Donald Trump paid no income taxes and thus refused to release his tax returns. Somehow, the mainstream media illegally obtained Trump's 2005 tax returns revealing that Trump in fact paid $36.5 million in taxes on $153 million earned in 2005 - a tax rate of 25% (see here.) The average effective income tax rate for all U.S. households in 2005 was just 8.8 percent, according to the Tax Policy Center. That means Trump’s tax rate was nearly triple that of the average American household. Of course, Trump was no average tax-payer. His income put him well into the top 1 percent of earners in 2005, even after allowances for past losses. But even among top earners, the average rate was far lower than that paid by Trump. The average effective rate for the top 1% of income earners in 2005 was 19.7 percent, several points lower than the 25% rate Trump appears to have paid, according to the Tax Policy Center. In other words, the tax return shows that Trump was one of the top tax payers back in 2005.
And just how does this compare with some progressive leftists who repeatedly claimed Trump was not "paying his fair share"? Obama paid only 18.7% in taxes in 2015 (see here). Outspoken socialist Bernie Sanders paid only 13% in taxes in 2015 (see here.) Even the most leftist mainstream media had to admit defeat (i.e., see here and here). Ironically, MSNBC elites who beat the drum loudest on the Trump tax conspiracy, have a history of income tax evasion, with nine of them having tax liens filed against them (see here.)
The truth - when finally revealed - always does two things:
- It renders powerless and destroys those who propagate deception, and
- It liberates those in bondage to the deceit.