Rep. Frederica Wilson asks a stupid question, ends up with egg facial

Rep. Frederica Wilson asks a stupid question, ends up with egg facial
Frederica Wilson (Image: Fox News video screen grab)

It has become a maxim among trial lawyers and more recently journalists: “Never ask a question you don’t know the answer to.” Maybe that should become a rule of thumb for government office holders as well.

We saw this following the third and final presidential debate in a rhetorical question asked by Georgia State Representative Dar’shun Kendrick, who was incredulous that Donald Trump had claimed that illegal alien children “are brought here by coyotes and lots of bad people, cartels.”

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The term coyote in this context refers to smugglers and human traffickers.

But Kendrick was not the only professional lawmaker to ask a stupid question based on something the president said during the debate.  U.S. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) took issue with Trump’s claim that he has “prepaid” his taxes.

“Who prepays taxes?” Wilson asked snidely on Twitter. You could almost see the smirk on her face as she wrote.

Twitter lit up with reactions that continued long after Wilson deleted her post.

One person wrote:

Another responded.

USA Today ran the question by “tax expert” Harvey I. Bezozi, who answered affirmatively:

While Trump didn’t clarify how he prepaid his taxes, he could have relied on a few techniques, Bezozi says.

The U.S. requires workers to pay taxes as they earn their income — such as when companies withhold taxes from your biweekly paycheck. In one sense, workers can “prepay” their taxes if they withhold bigger amounts from their paychecks — a strategy that some people tap because it results in a juicier refund at tax time.

“It’s a forced savings plan,” Bezozi says. That “could very well be described as ‘prepaying their taxes.’”

But a much quicker answer could have been provided by asking any of  57.3 million Americans who work freelance and pay their taxes via quarterly estimates. This includes writers, restaurant waiters, independent contractors, and countless other non-salaried employees.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."

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