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McCain Ratchets Up the Lies: Obama's Tax Plan

Saturday Night Live captured the essence of John McCain's lying attack ads in the video clip from an SNL episode a few weeks ago - as John McCain "approves this lie"....

Well, the lies are coming fast and furious now - straight out of the McCain/Palin (or is it Palin/McCain) campaign offices - here's the latest:

The Smear:

Grasping at whatever flimsy straw presents itself in the final week of the 2008 race, the McCain campaign is using a minor slip-up by Joe Biden to falsely accuse Barack Obama of changing his tax plan at the last minute.

The Truth:

It is and has always been the case that under Barack Obama's plan, those making less than $200,000 a year will get a tax cut, those making less than $250,000 a year will not have their taxes raised at all, and for the few who make more than $250,000, their tax rates will go back to the levels they were during the Clinton administration. This has not changed, though it seems to utterly confuse the McCain folks.

At a campaign event, Joe Biden told the crowd that those who make under $150,000 should be getting their taxes cut. Which, of course, under the Obama plan, they would! No controversy there. If anything, Biden undersold the tax cut by mentioning "$150,000" rather than "$200,000." The McCain campaign, however, falsely claimed that this indicated a change in policy for Obama, and that it meant Obama's definition of "rich" was getting lower. This is, of course, utter nonsense. They know this is not true, but we understand, as things are getting pretty desperate for them.

But again, nothing has changed about the Obama tax plan. The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder took a humorous look at this particular flap, and even has some fun with the Obama-Biden tax cut calculator to prove that nothing is amiss. You can see that here: LINK

To be clear: not only will those making less than $150,000 get a tax cut as Joe Biden mentioned, but every family making under $200,000 will do so - that's 95 percent of American families. In fact, depending on some other factors, many people who make $250,000 or less could see their taxes go down, as well. Only those making more than $250,000 would see their rates go back to 1990s levels. We're happy to explain this to the McCain campaign any time they get confused about it.

The closer we get to election day the more John McCain and Sarah Palin will lie to the American people. With fewer days before the election for their lies to be exposed, Republicans are emboldened to tell more and more lies.

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Are you a sheep that just follows the shepherd and does not think or check the facts? By merely letting the current tax cuts expire in January (Which obama has already stated he will do) everyone above the poverty level is going to get a tax increase. Roll up the taxes to where it was during the clinton years? Does 55% get your heart rate up? As a self employed sole proprietor that is what my tax rate was. Thanks but I prefer 35% as it is now. If you would like to make a wager on whether middle class americans will get a tax cut or tax hike just let me know---I have you covered. Put your money where your mouth is.


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