McCain released three new ads with multiple false and misleading claims about Obama’s tax proposals.
A TV spot claims Obama once voted for a tax increase “on people making just $42,000 a year.” That’s true for a single taxpayer, who would have seen a tax increase of $15 for the year – if the measure had been enacted. But the ad shows a woman with two children, and as a single mother, she would not have been affected unless she made more than $62,150. The increase that Obama once supported as part of a Democratic budget bill is not part of his current tax plan anyway.
A Spanish-language radio ad claims the measure Obama supported would have raised taxes on “families” making $42,000, which is simply false.
The TV ad claims in a graphic that Obama would “raise taxes on middle class.” In fact, Obama’s plan promises cuts for middle-income taxpayers and would increase rates only for persons with family incomes above $250,000 or with individual incomes above $200,000.
The radio ad claims Obama would increase taxes “on the sale of your home.” In fact, home-sale profits of up to $500,000 per couple would continue to be exempt from capital gains taxes. Very few sales would see an increase under Obama’s proposal to raise the capital gains rate.
A second radio ad, in English, says, “Obama has a history of raising taxes” on middle-class Americans. But that’s false.
These ads continue what’s become a pattern of misrepresentation by the McCain campaign about his opponent’s tax proposals.
The TV ad also says that Obama “promises more taxes on small business, seniors, your life savings, your family.” This statement is simply not true for the vast majority of viewers who will see it. Obama, in fact, promises to deliver a $1,000 tax cut for families making up to $150,000 a year, and he says he would increase income tax rates, capital gains tax rates and taxes on dividends only for those with family incomes over $250,000 a year, or for single taxpayers making over $200,000.
A Continuing Pattern of Deceit
These three new McCain ads continue what has become a pattern of deceit, with McCain repeatedly misrepresenting what Obama is proposing.
Here are some of McCain’s previous false claims, with links to previous analyses:
– McCain falsely claimed Obama’s plan would increase taxes on 23 million small-business owners, when the vast majority of them would get a cut. Any increase would actually fall only on the most affluent, a few hundred thousand business owners.
– McCain falsely claimed Obama “says he’ll raise taxes on electricity,” though Obama has said no such thing and his tax plan contains no proposal for a tax on electricity.
– As noted already, McCain falsely claimed Obama once voted for a Democratic budget bill that called for raising taxes on persons making as little as $32,000 a year, when in fact the proposal would not have affected anyone with total income under $41,500 a year, or $83,000 for a married couple with no children.
– McCain stated that Obama would raise taxes “if you have an investment for your child’s education or own a mutual fund or a stock in a retirement plan.” This was found to be “false” by our colleagues at Politifact.com, and we concur.
Lots more facts and figures at the Newsweek link above, kids. Interesting reading.