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Tax Cut Claims

Recorded on September 7, 2011

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

People in Washington keep twisting words to leave false impressions that make them look good.

President Obama claims he backed the “biggest middle-class tax cut in history.” Certainly that claim leaves a favorable impression with most people.

But a check with the White House confirms that it's not the biggest in terms of dollars. Obama relies on a very loose interpretation of the vague term “middle-class”. It turns out that he's talking about working Americans who received a temporary reduction in Social Security taxes, which some call the payroll tax.

Having defined the middle-class in his own way, Obama claims that 95% of them had their taxes lowered. So under that logic, the dollar figure doesn't matter—he calls it the biggest tax cut.

It might be fair to call it the broadest tax cut, but not the biggest.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.