by Alexander Lane
| Jun. 12, 2008
"Obama's proposal does not constitute a tax increase in the traditional sense, since taxes would be lower under his plan than they would under current law. We find McCain's statement to be False."
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This election year is going to see plenty of lies and distortions from both sides, including slanderous e-mail chains. Politifact is one of the best ways to get information to counter those falsehoods. It is nonpartisan and fair--this article is a good example. Pass on the word, to Dems, Repubs, and Indies, so the editor no longer has to stoop to placing and reviewing Politifact articles himself!
When economic experts can view Obama's tax proposals in ways to support Mc Cain's statement, it is not fair to call his (Mc Cain's) position completely false. Both sides can find experts to spin economic stats. This does not make a statement completely false. A key issue in the debate involves use of tax policy to redistrubute wealth. Both sides can argue this, but unfortunately, it was missing from the article.
This is a thorough examination of McCain's claim about Obama's tax plans vis a vis Obama's plan including analysis by several credible sources. This type of analysis is tremendously valuable not just to assess the truth of charges but also to provide additional information on policies. I fear, however, that it is also much too dry for a general public that seems to thrive on titilation.
This article is a valuable tool for defending Obama against assertions that his plans for tax reform will have a major negative impact on working people. In addition, once the facts are known, McCain's semantic manipulation is exposed; McCain intends to scare the middle-class into believing that Obama is a "tax and spend liberal" who will pick their pockets and bankrupt the nation. The documentation of the piece is thorough and detailed. Having the facts available in such a concise form is very useful for debate, especially when the opposing parties have such strong motivation to "spin" the other's position.
An interesting bit of hair splitting. Their conclusions were reasonable. I came to the opinion that Obama's pandering would be better left undone for the financial health of the economy, & McCains Lies are more fear mongering. Nice work.