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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

McCain Claims his Tax Increases will Hurt Economy

Senator McCain has told us that Senator Obama's planned tax increases will harm the economy. And he's promised us that he, himself, Senator McCain will raise taxes on nobody.

But here's the rub. Just like President Bush, McCain has proposed raising taxes as part of his health care proposal. The only thing is, he doesn't call it a tax increase.

It's not just a tax increase. The Senator from Arizona has proposed a whole new tax. In McCain's plan, employer-provided health insurance will be taxed as income. He has also proposed a tax credit to offset the cost of health insurance. But if an employer provides a really good plan, that tax credit may not be enough to offset the new tax.

Even McCain has admitted that some some people will see increased taxes because of his plan. But, he denies that this qualifies as a tax increase, since there are compensating tax reductions.

Consider, though, that Senator Obama's "tax increases" that "will hurt the economy" also decrease the tax burden on a large majority and increase on a small number. And, both plans claim that the tax increases are offset by the tax cuts.

So, Senator McCain, you have to tell us. Are you going to admit that you are proposing a tax increase just like Obama? Or are you going to give Obama a pass, because in reality he is proposing nothing different than you are?

Or are you going to continue these silly word games?

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Blogger Skepticon66 said...

Silly word games? Come on Mike...this is politics, not a logic contest. Of course politicians will say one thing and do another if it will serve their purpose. McCain might not give Obama a break for the same offense he himself commits. This of course is no differnt than the cops that will give you a speeding ticket, not obeying the speed limit themselves...they do it because they can. This is just something we have to learn to accept. Life isn't fair...I am sure you figured that out long ago and politicians will always be two faced. No one that speaks the truth can get elected and that isn't their is ours. We don't want to hear the truth, it simply isn't pleasant.

Thu Sep 04, 08:16:00 PM  
Blogger insomniac said...

My point is neither to convince McCain (I'm pretty sure he doesn't read my blog), nor to be surprised (President Bush did exactly the same thing). I want to let thinking people know that McCain is lying when he says he won't raise taxes on anybody, and to show his hypocrisy, just in case there are some who haven't realized it yet. Here is a concrete example of why people who say they are only for tax cuts are not being totally honest with us.

Thu Sep 04, 11:52:00 PM  

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