Tell It Enough — They'll Believe It
The Republican Party and conservative PACs are beginning to run TV ads that assert, in very dramatic terms, that unless the Bush tax cuts are made permanent, everybody’s income taxes will increase substantially.
These ads indicate that this is what the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress want.
It’s a big lie, and if you keep telling it, enough people will believe it because they hear it so often.
In a July 20 press conference, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), the third-ranking House Republican, said, “The American people deserve to know that, should Democrats get their way, every income tax bracket will increase on Jan. 1, 2011. Every single one.
“You know, you don’t raise taxes on every American taxpayer during the worst recession in 25 years.” Do Democrats want every tax bracket to rise, as Pence suggests? No.
For months, Democratic officials have said they intend to let only the tax cuts for the wealthiest individuals lapse — $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for married couples filing jointly — and will advance a plan to make permanent Bush’s 2001 tax cuts for middle-class Americans earning less than $200,000. About two percent of Americans will see their income tax rates increase if Democrats succeed in getting this legislation through Congress.
But will they succeed, or will Republican senators filibuster, arguing that the Democrats are trying to raise “everyone’s” taxes?
Could it possibly be that they want to filibuster so that all of the Bush tax reductions come to an end and everyone’s income taxes increase?
Then they can run against Obama and the Democrats’ tax increases on everyone.
Will we be “vigilante” enough, as (Pilot columnist) Alan Jefferys wants us to be, to notice that if this happens, it will be because of the Republicans?
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