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Top McCain Adviser Blatantly Lies About Obama’s Tax Proposals: ‘He’s Not Proposed One Single Tax Cut’

By Matt Corley  

"Top McCain Adviser Blatantly Lies About Obama’s Tax Proposals: ‘He’s Not Proposed One Single Tax Cut’"

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On Fox News today, Carly Fiorina, who is a top economic adviser to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), blatantly distorted Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) tax proposals. When Fox’s Martha MacCallum noted that Obama says he wants to “put money back in people’s pockets and give them tax cuts,” Fiorina claimed that Obama has “not proposed one single tax cut”:

FIORINA: Yes, but he’s not proposed one single tax cut. In fact, every program he’s proposed is a tax increase, whether it’s an increase in payroll taxes, an increase in capital gains and dividend taxes, an increase in Social Security taxes, or an increase on small- business owners. Everything he’s proposed is a tax increase, not a tax cut.

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Fiorina’s assertion is flagrantly wrong and disingenuous. In fact, Obama prominently touts his plan to “cut income taxes by $1,000 for working families” on his website:

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Obama even touted his tax cut plan in a widely covered speech yesterday, saying that it would “provide $1,000 of relief to 95% of workers and their families.”

In the same segment, Fiorina claimed that her boss, John McCain, “has been very explicit about the taxes he will cut.” But she neglected to mention that McCain is far from explicit in explaining how he’ll pay for massive deficits created by his tax proposals. In fact, he refuses to name a single program he’ll cut.

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FIORINA: So I think what you have here is Barack Obama, without a great deal of understanding in the economy, going back to the same old tax- and-spend philosophies of the liberal Democratic past. He reminds me a bit of Jimmy Carter — or Herbert Hoover, even worse.

MACCALLUM: Well, he of course would say that that’s not the case and that what they want to do is put money back in people’s pockets and give them tax cuts. And certainly when people hear that, that sounds pretty good, Carly.

FIORINA: Yes, but he’s not proposed one single tax cut. In fact, every program he’s proposed is a tax increase, whether it’s an increase in payroll taxes, an increase in capital gains and dividend taxes, an increase in Social Security taxes, or an increase on small- business owners. Everything he’s proposed is a tax increase, not a tax cut.

On the other hand, John McCain has been very explicit about the taxes he will cut.

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