Obama’s Tax Cut For 95% Of The 50% Who Don’t Pay Taxes Anyway

by Melissa Clouthier | October 17, 2008 8:56 am

It’s absurd. The statement is patently absurd. I didn’t see the debate, but I doubt McCain stomped on the silliness when Obama, no doubt, said the focus-grouped statement again. Why else would Obama say it so much? It must be a homerun for the people sitting in those groups.

Anyway, finally, someone is addressing this nonsense. The Wall Street Journal took it on and now Philip Klein[1] tries to get some straight talk from the Obama people. Guess how successful he was?

Plouffe was repeating one of the boldest claims made by the Obama campaign. It’s a claim that the Wall Street Journal editorial board dubbed “Obama’s 95% Illusion,” noting that more than a third of Americans don’t pay any income taxes, and that what Obama’s plan does do is offer a raft of subsidies and government payments to individuals and families that he redefines as “tax cuts.” His proposal looks more like a redistribution scheme than an honest effort to reduce taxes — as he revealed on Monday when he told a now famous Ohio plumber that his plan aimed to “spread the wealth around.”

Read the whole thing. Also consider this: Not one major media source outside of the WSJ has questioned this patently absurd number. Not. One. The first time I heard it, it was such an obvious question, considering this[2] (go look–it’s the chart of who pay taxes). How could 95% of Americans get a cut? 95% don’t even pay taxes.

Cross-posted at MelissaClouthier.com[3]

Endnotes:
  1. Philip Klein: http://www.spectator.org/archives/2008/10/16/searching-for-obamas-95-percen
  2. this: http://www.ntu.org/main/page.php?PageID=6
  3. MelissaClouthier.com: http://melissaclouthier.com

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