President Obama The Tax Cutter
As President Obama, for the first time in his presidency, campaigns actively for an increase in taxes on the wealthy, it is worthwhile to note his record to date. If you listen to the Republican talking points, you would think that there is nary a tax cut to be found in that record. Steve Benen (with some help from the graphic here from the Center for American Progress) explains why Republicans have trouble understanding the data.
For the right, this is somehow a subjective question. Whether Obama cut taxes seems to be a matter of opinion. Sure, the president says he cut taxes for millions of Americans, but since people didn’t really notice, the argument goes, then maybe it didn’t happen.
Whether it’s widely realized or not, it did happen. We can debate whether the tax cuts were wise or effective; we shouldn’t debate whether they occurred in reality.
The right seems to believe that if they accuse the president of having raised taxes enough times, then it will be true. But as the old cliche goes, “Wishing doesn’t make it so.”Click here for reuse options!
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