AP: Hey, Obama may not have been honest about taxes after all

posted at 7:44 pm on July 8, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The Associated Press has finally discovered math, and realizes that Barack Obama’s numbers don’t add up.  Don’t expect this to last long, but the AP finally reports what every sentient being outside the mainstream media and the Democratic Party (but I repeat myself) already understood:

President Barack Obama promised to fix health care and trim the federal budget deficit, all without raising taxes on anyone but the wealthiest Americans. It’s a promise he’s already broken and will likely have to break again. Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress have already increased tobacco taxes — which disproportionately hit the poor — to pay for extending health coverage to 4 million children in working low-income families.

Now, lawmakers are looking for more revenues to help pay for providing medical insurance to millions more who lack it at a projected cost of $1 trillion over the next decade.

The floated proposals include increasing taxes on alcohol, which could raise $62 billion over the next decade, and a new tax on sugary drinks such as soda, which could raise $52 billion. …

Obama made a firm tax pledge during the presidential campaign, repeating it numerous times in the weeks and months leading up to Election Day: no tax increases for individuals making less than $200,000 a year or couples making less than $250,000.

“Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes,” Obama told a crowd in Dover, N.H., last year.

Wow!  Not only did the AP recognize that Obama broke his pledge not to raise taxes on people below $250,000, but they also acknowledge that Democrats like regressive taxes as much as they like progressive taxes.  In fact, it would be easier to report that they just like any tax they can pass.

It gets better.   AP reporter Stephen Ohlemacher notes that the cap-and-trade bill amounts to a tax on American families, although he uses the bogus $175 per year estimate from the CBO that only includes the cost of implementing and maintaining the system.  It doesn’t count the cost increases of energy not just on the homes themselves, but on every step of the distribution chain for goods and services, which will create a significant jump in prices, which is also a sharply regressive burden as it will hit hardest those with less disposable income.

But little steps are better than no steps.  Perhaps now that the AP has admitted that Obama lied about his economic policies, they can start reporting honestly on their costs.


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it would be easier to report that they just like any tax they can pass.


In fact, they like them so much they’ve giiven them a new name. They aren’t called “taxes” any longer. That’s so 20th century. They are now called “revenue enhancements.”

Fred 2 on July 8, 2009 at 11:49 PM

Democrap Deniability: “Had I known then what we know now…”

T J Green on July 8, 2009 at 11:53 PM

Honest and evil are mutually exclusive.

NightmareOnKStreet on July 8, 2009 at 7:47 PM

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Wow…I’ve been trying to explain exactly that to people for decades.

I’ve hired thousands of people over the course of my career. The key question in every interview has been this:
“Thinking about the kind of people you surround yourself with, what would you say is the single most important quality of character?” If the candidate did not answer, “honesty” or “integrity” within 2 seconds, they didn’t get the job.

What really concerned me, beginning in the late ’80’s, was that the younger candidates – recent college grads – started answering “compassion” and “tolerance”.

guntotinglibertarian on July 8, 2009 at 8:14 PM

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guntotinglibertarian, sadly, those of us to whom honesty & integrity are of primal importance, are a dying breed.

NightmareOnKStreet on July 9, 2009 at 12:14 AM

Oh, those taxes. I thought we were talking about Obama’s 4% income tax rate.

unclesmrgol on July 9, 2009 at 12:25 AM

Don’t expect this to last long, but the AP finally reports what every sentient being outside the mainstream media and the Democratic Party (but I repeat myself) already understood

That’s good Snark!

It doesn’t count the cost increases of energy not just on the homes themselves, but on every step of the distribution chain for goods and services, which will create a significant jump in prices, which is also a sharply regressive burden as it will hit hardest those with less disposable income.

And that’s a key point that Obamanoids refuse to discuss, although to be fair I doubt many of these doofus liberals understand it.

If you’ve never seen a freight bill, you might not know how increases in diesel fuel prices instantly increase the cost of shipping everything in our economy. Truckers don’t build those costs into future bills with higher rates – they have a predetermined fuel surcharge rate, and the day it changes, so does your freight bill.

And so does the cost at the retail end, which a reasonable person would call “a tax”.

Jaibones on July 9, 2009 at 1:38 AM

You look like an angel
You talk like an angel
You walk like an angel

BUT YOUR’RE THE DEVIL IN DISGUISE

bluegrass on July 9, 2009 at 9:17 AM

Why would anyone expect him to begin being honest now?

jorb on July 9, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Alcohol and Sugary drinks, hmmm, sounds like welfare and food stamps are going to have to go up. This guy is just standing on the poor communities neck because he knows he is going to get 97% of the votes anyway. Uninformed and misinformed. Very scary.

Tremmy on July 9, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Why would anyone expect him to begin being honest now?

jorb on July 9, 2009 at 10:36 AM

That sentence right there is what stuns me the most. You hit it right on the head. People act stunned that he’s being revealed as just another filthy liar. SHOCKING!!!!!!!

search4truth on July 9, 2009 at 11:01 AM

I see many comments about the taxes from the Chicago mob, but why isn’t there more attention to the Protection Racket being run from the White House?

Do you really think that those Insurance Companies and Auto Companies voluteered deals to cut their own throats?

Somebody made them an offer they couldn’t refuse!!

landlines on July 9, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Clearly somebody is tired of working for Associated Press and wrote this article to guarantee their own firing. I expect the AP to produce at least ten Obama is God stories ASAP to make up for it. What I do not expect is for the AP to get off the Obama love train, ever.

SKYFOX on July 9, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Yes, this goes against what he literally said in Dover. It’s true that he went overboard when he added “…not any of your taxes.” He shouldnt have said it (even one time as an aside), he did say it (one time as an aside), now you’re going to blast him for it like it was a major part of his platform rather than a momentary rhetorical overreach.

But a more honest reading of this situation is here:

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/promise/515/no-family-making-less-250000-will-see-any-form-tax/

It seems pretty clear to me that he was talking about payroll/income taxes. Not optional purchases like cigarettes, booze, and sodapop. I mean, you can easily avoid these tax increases by avoiding those items.

So sure, have your fun pointing out a one-time misstatement he made. But if you’re interested in intellectual honesty, put it in the proper perspective and you’ll see this isnt a big deal.

orange on July 9, 2009 at 2:16 PM

orange on July 9, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Hey dummy, it is not dishonest to point out what the man actually said. Here it is again.

“Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes,” Obama told a crowd in Dover, N.H., last year.

I didn’t say he said this, he actually said this. “Not any of your taxes” has a specific meaning. You can quibble all you want about what you THINK he MEANT by it, but you can’t just decide he MEANT something different than what he SAID. I even provided the entire quote so you can’t say I took anything out of context.

And finally, what the hell gives the federal govt the power to decide what I should and should not drink or smoke? For that matter, where do they get the power to decide what kind of light bulb I should be allowed to use? If you have no problem with them exercising these mundane powers over your life, that’s your choice and you have many places on the planet where you could go and enjoy such totalitarianism. But I prefer to decide these things for myself. Why am I wrong and the feds are right? This is a serious question, not that I think you’ll bother answering it.

runawayyyy on July 9, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Time for a slogan. How about:

Obama LIED,
Wallets Fried
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EconomicNeocon on July 9, 2009 at 4:12 PM

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