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"Pants On Fire!" Roy Blunt Repeats Debunked Arguments About Democratic Tax Policies

Roy Blunt is lying about proposed Democratic tax polices in his new "jobs plan." Page 4 reads as follows:

[T]he government should never raise job-killing taxes during periods of high unemployment.  But Washington Democrats are about to impose the largest tax increase in the history of the country.  I will fight all tax increases, especially those that hurt the middle class and those that make it harder for Missouri job creators to hire new workers.

That Democrats are "are about to impose the largest tax increase in the history of the country" is just absurd. broke down this myth when Sarah Palin spewed it a few days ago -- and rated the statement "Pants on Fire."  From the final two paragraphs of their analysis:

But again, letting all the tax cuts expire isn't the plan the Democrats are proposing, and it's not what [Fox News Sunday Chris Wallace] asked Palin.

Palin said, "Democrats are poised now to cause this largest tax increase in U.S. history." She was asked about tax cuts for the top 2 percent. Either Palin is confused about the revenue numbers involved with extending the tax cuts, or she's willfully distorting the Democratic plans. We'll let you be the judge of that. Regardless, Wallace was very specific about asking her about tax increases for the top 2 percent. And that does not represent the largest tax increase in history. The unlikely outcome that she seems to be talking about -- that all of the Bush tax cuts will be repealed -- wouldn't be the largest tax increase in history either. Palin read the number on her hand correctly, but that's about all she got right. So we rate her statement Pants on Fire.

It's also worth noting that the second sentence of the first chapter in Blunt's 'plan' complains about "record deficits and debts." No word yet on how Blunt plans to reconcile his demands that the very wealthy keep their tax cuts with his newfound disgust for deficit spending.



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