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McCain Campaign Repeating the Same Lies About Taxes

Even though their claims have been shown to be false, Republicans are running new TV ads repeating the same old lies.

In a new TV ad that repeats widely debunked claims about the Democratic tax plan, the Republican campaign calls Obama's tax increases "painful."

Under the economic plan proposed by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, people earning more than $250,000 a year would pay more in taxes while those earning less -- the vast majority of American taxpayers -- would receive a tax cut.

Although Republican John McCain claims that Obama would raise taxes, the independent Tax Policy Center and other groups conclude that four out of five U.S. households would receive tax cuts under Obama's proposals.

McCain's proposal to remove the tax benefit wage earners receive when paying their health insurance premiums through payroll deductions will cost middle-class Americans a fortune - and that must be the reason McCain and Palin are lying to Americans about the Democratic plan.

If Republicans lie and tell Americans that Democrats will raise their taxes, then when Democrats truthfully point out that McCain will raise taxes it appears to uniformed voters to be a wash.

McCain and Palin have adopted lying as a bedrock foundation of their campaign, but as the linked news report shows, the media is countering with the truth. In the third paragraph of the story linked above the McCain lie is fact-checked, outed and exposed.

Whether media reports exposing McCain's and Palin's lies is enough to stem the lying remains to be seen, but having watched Republican liars closely for quite some time I'm of the opinion it won't. What we're seeing is an intentional and deliberate misinformation campaign, and as the media exposes these lies the lying Republicans will paint the media as elitist, Obama-loving, etc.

It's the same class war waged by the GOP in the past. We knew it was coming, it's here, and it's not likely to change much before election day.

Update: Wow, even Fox News is outing McCain's lies, this time at least.

Obama officials take issue with that characterization, calling it a bald-faced lie, and independent groups like the Tax Policy Center have conducted analyses showing that Obama's plan will actually provide greater tax relief to the middle class.

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