The far-left group Fuse Washington – the first group funded back in 2006 by the rich and secretive liberal donors at the Progress Alliance of Washington – is notorious for its ridiculous lines of attack as a part of its mission of disparagingRepublicans and promoting an extreme leftist agenda. From blatantly lying about Republican candidates for office to engaging in bizarre publicity stunts, Fuse has done it all in the service of the mega-donors who hide behind the Progress Alliance name. This is, after all, the organization that once told its liberal activists to avoid the facts and tell more stories.
As a rule, Fuse seems ready to sink to the lowest level to its achieve its masters’ goals. The organization’s latest attack on Republicans is no exception to that rule.
Recently, Fuse released what may or may not be the net worth of certain members of the state Senate Majority Coalition Caucus believed to be millionaires. Fuse writes, “detailed new analysis of public records shows that at least half of the Senate Republicans – 14 in total – have a net worth of $1 million or more.” Presumably, the fact that these senators are millionaires means that they tether their allegiance to the rich even at the expense of working families. Protecting their interests is why, according to Fuse, they oppose a state capital gains income tax and a substantial increase in the minimum wage.
The “detailed new analysis” used by Fuse to assign each of the 14 Republican senators their net worth proves, on closer inspection, to be anything but detailed… or analytical for that matter. In the end, Fuse’s calculations rely on pure speculation and conjecture—proving, once again, that those on far-left really do not live in the realm of facts and figures. The Olympian reports,
“According to Fuse’s data, none of the Republican millionaires has assets of more than about $6 million. Senator Linda Evans Parlette tops the list with $5.7 million, followed by the Senate budget-writer, Andy Hill, at $3.8. In its original story, Fuse had Curtis King clinging to the bottom of the millionaire class with just $3,337 to spare, but in an updated version of their anti-Republican millionaire jeremiad, the staffers revised his net worth downward to a mere $935,793.”
Of course, it’s not so much the flawed process Fuse used to assign each of the 14 state senators their net worth (though the figures appear to be erratic), but the conclusions drawn from the not-so-detailed-analysis. It appears as though the purpose of Fuse’s “research” is to instigate class warfare in order to achieve its political agenda. We are to believe that these Republican senators’ net worth drives their political approach… just because their political priorities – smaller government and not raising taxes – is at odds with Fuse’s bigger-government-at-all-costs agenda.
“But the real problem with Fuse’s anti-Republican millionaire crusade is that wealth just doesn’t determine political ideology. There are rich Democrats and poor Republicans. Just a few years ago, we had Bill Gates Sr. leading a campaign for a state income tax. And heaven knows there are now and always have been plenty of low-income Republicans.”
Fuse reveals the full extent of its deception when it fails to apply similar logic of corruption to millionaires who happen to be Democrat members of the state Senate. The Olympian,
“But oh, wait: There are also seven or perhaps nine Democratic senators who are millionaires, as Fuse notes. It’s OK for these folks to be millionaires, though, because they are Democrats who support Fuse’s agenda, and are therefore presumed to be uncorrupted by their own wealth.”
Fuse’s “research” and conclusion also reveals an incredible level of hypocrisy. You see, Fuse is part on the liberal attack network in Washington State that thrives off the donations of secret donors, which likely include active liberal billionaires like Tom Steyer and Nick Hanauer. Given the suspicion it casts on millionaires, a relevant question that should be asked of Fuse is when it plans to release the names of the millionaire (and billionaire) donors who fund its permanent negative campaign efforts for Democrats.
In the end, Fuse’s ridiculous attack is due to the fact that it cannot promote House Democrats’ vote on their capital gains income tax because they have yet to even take a vote. Fuse cannot even promote House Democrats’ budget, because they have not yet passed a budget.
And, Fuse cannot really attack the Senate Republicans’ budget in light of the latest revenue projections that clearly reveal the state has enough money to fulfill funding obligations without raising taxes on working families. So, it is left to engage in personal attacks and ugly insinuations against Republican lawmakers.
It’s all just an example of a failed attempt of the desperate.
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