President Obama recently said that "middle-class families shouldn't pay higher taxes than millionaires", in his prepared remarks about deficit reduction
at the White House's Rose Garden on September 19th, 2011.
Although the president worded his remarks carefully to avoid making a statement of fact, his numerous references to this issue gave the impression that middle-class families do "pay higher taxes than millionaires." For that reason, we attempted to fact-check this implicit claim here on Truthsquad.
But despite our best intentions, we were not able to determine the accuracy of the president's remark, because it was presented as a subjective opinion, not a statement of fact. Therefore, our fact-checking assignment was confusing, because Truthsquad participants were not sure if they were being asked to fact-check the implied claim -- or whether they should agree or disagree with the president's opinion.
Because of these inconclusive results, our editors' finding is that this statement "cannot be verified" in its current form. We apologize for this confusing assignment. Going forward, we will no longer attempt to fact-check opinions like this one, even if their implied claims raise valid questions — and will focus instead on statements of fact that can be verified.