Thursday, January 17, 2008

Winning the Tax/Economy Debate?

Dems Winning the Debate on Taxes & The Economy ?

What really strikes me about this paper is that it says nothing about the "debate" itself -- that is, it does not defend the basic premise that the majority of the taxes are paid by the middle class and that the rich get off with a plethora of loopholes. It just states it as fact, and we're just supposed to buy it. (I guess The Debate Is Over™)

No, what it really talks about is what proposals to "fix" the "problem" go over well with voters. In other words, it's about what to say to voters to get their votes, even if it amounts to lying. Which it does.

I see these numbers over and over again... the top 1% of income earners pay about 23% of the taxes. The top 10% pay just at half the taxes. Leaving the other 90% of America to pay the other half of the taxes.

This is a paper on what the public believes and how to pander to that, not about the truth or encouraging understanding of the truth and basing policy on the truth. This is about getting in to office. Period.

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