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Sunday, November 2, 2008

McCain'stax lies persist, despite fact checking

Two highly fact checked and misleading to false statements are still in the McCain/Palin speeches. Their message has been all over the place, but this quirk has remained consistent. This type of thing reminds me of Bush and gives me a bad feeling about them. I guess it might fall under the category of character or gut feeling. Bush stuck by bad intel and just plain false reasoning and statements. Maybe he was duped, but I have a hard time believing he was THAT na├»ve. McCain/Palin show this same resistance to a change in message even though what they’re saying is factually incorrect. This gives me the feeling that they also would have no problem leading the nation into another unnecessary and costly war in terms of lives and money.

McCain’s statement:
First he said people making less than 250,000 dollars would benefit from his plan, then this weekend he announced in an ad that if you're a family making less than 200,000 dollars you'll benefit — but yesterday, right here in Pennsylvania, Senator Biden said tax relief should only go to "middle class people — people making under 150,000 dollars a year." It's interesting how their definition of rich has a way of creeping down.

Tax chart-who will see increases and decreases?

Different McCain tax numbers- the middle class isn’t creeping down, he just keeps citing different numbers in the same plan that Obama has been talking about for some time.

Per the Tax Policy Center, here is how Obama's tax plan breaks down for individuals:
$0-$18,891 = $567 tax cut
$18,982-$37,595 = $892 tax cut
$37,596-$66,354 = $1,118 tax cut
$66,355-$111,645 = $1,264 tax cut
$111,646-$160,972 = $2,135 tax cut
$160,973-$226,918 = $2,796 tax cut
$226,919-$603,402 = $121 tax increase
$603,403-$2.87 million = $93,709 tax increase
$2.87 million-plus = $542,882 tax increase

$150,000 number: *** UPDATE *** An Obama aide points out to First Read that the $150,000 figure Biden was citing was simply an example of what someone making that amount would get under Obama's tax plan. Indeed, Biden's $150,000 remark came after he referred to someone making $1.4 million.

$42,000 number:

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Both McCain and Palin have stuck by this whopper, even though it has been thoroughly fact checked:

"Senator Obama has voted 94 times to either increase your taxes or against tax cuts."
This is simply not true. I think it was heavily fact checked after debate #1, and we still hear it in McCain/Palin speeches.


Small business - McCain also is continuing to mislead on this one - and people are buying it.

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