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Washington Post: McCain tax ads “just plain false”

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Sens. Obama and McCain

Sens. Obama and McCain

So the Post blisters Sen. McCain’s most recent ads on tax plans, saying no one “should get to outright lie.” Coming from the Post— more conservative in editorial content than most—it’s an important indictment.

The editorial (“Continuing Deception: Mr. McCain’s ads on taxes are just plain false,” h/t True Conservative) advocates debate on tax policy, then laments: “Instead, the McCain campaign insists on completely misrepresenting Mr. Obama’s plan,” condemning “the phony, misleading and at times outright dishonest debate that the McCain campaign has been waging — most recently with a television ad.”

Perhaps you’ve seen it:

The ad opens with the Obama-as-celebrity theme — “Celebrities don’t have to worry about family budgets, but we sure do,” says the female announcer. “We’re paying more for food and gas, making it harder to save for college, retirement.” Then she sticks it to him: “Obama’s solution? Higher taxes, called ‘a recipe for economic disaster.’ He’s ready to raise your taxes…”

In fact, most of us would pay less under the Obama plan (which the Post calls “the wiser and more fiscally responsible), than with McCain’s.

clipped from www.washingtonpost.com
The facts? The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center found that the Obama plan would give households in the bottom fifth of the income distribution an average tax cut of 5.5 percent of income ($567) in 2009, while those in the middle fifth would get an average cut of 2.6 percent of income ($1,118).”Your taxes” would go up, yes — but not if you’re someone who is sweating higher gas prices.By contrast, Mr. McCain’s tax plan would give those in the bottom fifth of income an average tax cut of $21 in 2009. The middle fifth would get $325 — less than a third of the Obama cut. The wealthiest taxpayers make out terrifically.
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The Post concludes:

The country can’t afford the tax cuts either man is promising, although Mr. McCain’s approach is by far the more costly. We don’t expect either side to admit that. But neither side should get to outright lie about its opponent’s positions, either.

A couple of points are important here.

First, more comes out of your pocket if McCain has his way than if Obama does, unless you’re in the top two tiers of American incomes.

Second, when it comes to telling the truth, McCain and Obama play by different rules.  I’m not completely satisfied with the Obama campaign; I wish they were more careful.  But nothing they’ve said compares to the McCain (Rove?) campaign’s strategy of winning by deception.  I found the RNC speeches of Giulani, Huckabee (to my disappointment), and Palin to be appallingly dishonest.  McCain’s distortions, regrettably, were no surprise. A year ago, I did not expect it.

Lying is not “family values.”  I opposed Hillary Clinton for it.  John McCain is just the same.

And lying will remain a part of American politics until Americans will not elect liars.


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Written by Monte

September 8, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. More lies:

    giannakali

    September 14, 2008 at 8:27 am

  2. It’s nice to see the press actually doing its job, finally.

    honestpoet

    September 9, 2008 at 12:08 pm


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