March 19, 2010


Misinformed Tea Partiers

A Frum Forum survey asked attendees of the March 16th Tea Party demonstration on Capitol Hill whether federal taxes are higher, lower or the same as when Barack Obama was inaugurated last year. The survey found that more than two-thirds of respondents thought that taxes are higher today, and only 4% thought they were lower; the rest said they are the same.

Bruce Bartlett: "Federal taxes are very considerably lower by every measure since Obama became president. In fact, 40% of Obama's stimulus package involved tax cuts.These include the Making Work Pay Credit, which reduces federal taxes for all taxpayers with incomes below $75,000 by between $400 and $800.

"According to the JCT, last year's $787 billion stimulus bill, enacted with no Republican support, reduced federal taxes by almost $100 billion in 2009 and another $222 billion this year. The Tax Policy Center, a private research group, estimates that close to 90% of all taxpayers got a tax cut last year and almost 100% of those in the $50,000 income range. For those making between $40,000 and $50,000, the average tax cut was $472; for those making between $50,000 and $75,000, the tax cut averaged $522. No taxpayer anywhere in the country had his or her taxes increased as a consequence of Obama's policies."










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