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Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 514 -- Middle Class Taxes.

President Bush Cut Middle Class Taxes Significantly-

From the IBD editorial page:

One key to economic revival is tax relief for the middle class. Or so goes the mantra as repeated again Friday by President-elect Obama. But what the middle class ends up paying to the federal government has fallen dramatically over the past eight years.

Middle class tax cuts are great policy. They're even better politics, given that about 75% of Americans believe they are middle class.

If Obama cuts taxes for 95% of those currently paying taxes, way awesome. If he does it at the expense of the other 5%, not awesome. If he really intends to give "tax cuts" to 95% of all Americans, including those who already pay nothing in taxes, way not awesome.

The beauty of the Bush tax cuts: everyone got tax cuts. If there's one downside of them, it's that too many people got taken off the rolls entirely.

Interestingly, Scott Rasmussen, the most accurate pollster from 2008, asserts that over the past 40 years, the candidate who has promised lower taxes more credibly has won every single time (WSJ editorial):

Mr. Obama's tax-cutting message played a key role in this period of economic anxiety. Tax cuts are well-received at such times: 55% of voters believe they are good for the economy. Only 19% disagree and see them as bad policy.

Down the campaign homestretch, Mr. Obama's tax-cutting promise became his clearest policy position. Eventually he stole the tax issue from the Republicans. Heading into the election, 31% of voters thought that a President Obama would cut their taxes. Only 11% expected a tax cut from a McCain administration.

The last Democratic candidate to win the tax issue was also the last Democratic president -- Bill Clinton. In fact, the candidate who most credibly promises the lowest level of taxes has won every presidential election in at least the last 40 years.

Barack Obama somehow convinced three times more voters than John McCain that he would cut their taxes. It's just incredible. He even convinced more conservative voters of the same thing.

Obama ran a truly tabula rasa campaign-- because he was so ambiguous, he could be all things to all people. Because he had such a thin record and never really took a tough stand on just about anything, voters could see whatever they wanted to see. Now that he's going to be in charge, there's no way he can be all things to all people.

Or can he?


Previous Trivia Tidbit: Obama's Tax Plans.

Posted by Will Franklin · 10 November 2008 04:47 PM


The most recent year shown on the graph is 2005. It would be interesting to know about 2006 and 2007. But those figures might not be available.

Posted by: Bigfoot at November 10, 2008 08:30 PM

But Will, Louis Farkhan calls him the Messiah and Oprah calls him The One!
It really is creepy how mesmerized his followers are. Obama reminds me of the Jim Jones type leader. Yikes!!!

Posted by: ZsaZsa at November 11, 2008 11:13 AM