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Are we sure about this?

From The Hamster, John Kerry’s “DBunker” a blog to debunk Bush attacks on Kerry:

REPUBLICAN FICTION: From the New Bush Attack Ad: �A president sets his agenda for America in the first 100 days. John Kerry’s plan: To pay for new government spending, raise taxes by at least $900 billion.�

FACT: The $900 billion ad is completely false. The Bush Cheney Campaign uses weapons of deception and distortion because they can�t have an honest debate about jobs and taxes. Bush’s ad takes Kerry�s statement out of context. John Kerry said: �In my first hundred days in the White House, I will roll back George Bush�s tax cut for the wealthiest so that we can invest in education and health care.� John Kerry will cut, not increase, taxes on middle class families.

The new Bush ad is designed to deceive the 98 percent of Americans who will only get ADDITIONAL tax cuts and health savings from John Kerry. Even when it was not always popular in the Democratic primaries, John Kerry made it clear that he supported maintaining hundreds of billions of tax cuts for working families making under $200,000.

The $900 billion number in the Bush ad is completely made up and shows that George Bush is running a campaign of deception and distortion.

This strikes me as off. Did they really just make up the 900 billion claim? I doubt it; it seems like they took a portion of Bush’s tax cuts and numbers from Kerry’s health care plan. I’m reasonably sure they didn’t just pull it out of the air. Of course, I’m too lazy to check at the moment. I think it would do good for them to explain if they found a method that gets the number, or that they tried and found nothing. It would just make me more comfortable.

Categories: 2004 election cycle
  1. Steve
    March 15, 2004 at 2:09 am


    has got some stuff on the spin on both sides.

    As to spin, my head is spinning. The highest income tax rate in Oz starts at $60k ($45kU.S.) per year, and is 48.9%, plus another 1.5% if you don’t have private health insurance.

    (BTW, the average Oz wage is $30kOZ ($22.5kU.S))

  2. March 15, 2004 at 4:58 pm

    My understanding is that the $900bn number comes from the amount necessary to fund the programs Kerry says he will enact. While it is almost certainly true that the $900bn number is “made up”, it’s also true that Kerry really hasn’t addressed how he plans to pay for any of the super nifty ideas he has for his stay at 1600 Penn Ave.

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