Liar, Liar

From Newsweek:

McCain released three new ads with multiple false and misleading claims about Obama’s tax proposals.

Original DVD cover.

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, and we concur.

Lots more facts and figures at the Newsweek link above, kids. Interesting reading.


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14 responses to “Liar, Liar

  1. dont you just LOVE how mccain is running a clean upright campaign

    there is no doubt you should be listing Karl Rove as an uncredited member of the cast of this movie

  2. dcAp!!!
    were you hiding, ready to pounce? 😆 i was so surprised to see a comment so quickly. you read my mind! i was on the fence as to whether to put obama or rove on the cover. i finally decided that a stern-looking obama worked better.
    we’ve missed you ’round here, dcAp! i hope all the raisinettes will click over to your place and check out your fabulous vacation pics.

  3. Friend of the court

    McSame can lie all he wants. Anyone dumb enough to vote for the old fart, wouldn’t know the difference.

  4. unfortunately, you are correct, fotc. 😦 most people don’t pay attention to politics, so they pick their candidate like they pick their brand of toilet paper.

  5. Kurt

    Look, Friend. I’m an Obama supporter, but I am well aware that a hell of a lot of voters are dumb.
    George W. Bush somehow managed to get elected TWICE. Obama has to make his positions clear to the broadest spectrum of voters, or these tactics will work.

  6. jeb

    Just like death and taxes, there are two certainties in a Rethug presidential campaign; (1) My opponent is weak and would give our country away to the enemy and (2) my opponent lives to raise your taxes if you’re a working man or woman with children.

    Somehow they seem to have had success peddling this tripe since Nixon and of course their record stands in stark contrast and belies any actual evidence that the country has ever been stronger or that working people have ever done better under a rethug.

  7. nightowl724

    Thanks, nonnie. Good one. I had missed this article and the poster rocks – especially the button CU is sporting!

    But, what can we do about CUs lying? I can’t take much more of it…

  8. hello, kurt!
    welcome to the raisin! 😀
    i am still amazed that the american public could have been so stupid as to have voted for chimpy twice. of course, he really lost the first time, but he still got almost half the vote. that is, if you trust the voting machines, which i don’t.
    i am not quite sure what to think this time around. one day, i think that captain underpants will lost in a landslide, and the next day, i worry that he will keep it close enough that the rethugs can once again do a little voting machine legerdemain and steal yet another election.

  9. jeb,
    they can always make people vote against their own self-interest by invoking the fear card. it’s either you’re gonna be broke or dead. i don’t know if it will work this time, because so many people are now broke who were not 8 years ago, and whichever way you turn, there seems to be a war going on. now that russia and georgia are at war, and the u.s. under chimpy is completely impotent to do a damned thing about it, maybe the unwashed masses will finally realize that violence has not and will not make us any safer.

  10. nightowl,
    i had this article bookmarked for a few days, and i never got around to doing anything with it. i added the button at the last minute, because i wanted to make it clear who was doing the deceptin’! u don’t want anyone to be able to steal the image and say that it was the other way around. 😉

  11. jlms qkw - jenn

    karl’s fingers are all over mclame’s campaign. blech.

    must go back and host ond now, hope to see you-all there!

  12. jenn,
    if they dusted capt u, rove’s fingerprints would appear on him from head to foot.

  13. Got a Grip

    I have to say that McCain is just as creepy in blue as he is in technicolor. Sort of like Papa Smurf without any of the charm.

    These two may be in trouble with all the voters, though. Is America ready to elect a blue president? I think not….

  14. but, gotta, with obama, it’s the lighting. with capt u, it’s mold.