As part of my quest to always be right, I make a point of reading people I disagree with, to see if maybe I've missed something. And one of my favorite sources for this is the unesteemable Donald Douglas of the American Power blog, who never had an original thought he didn't get from somebody else. And while it's pointless to ever read Donald's material for his own thoughts (as you won't find any), I find he's a good repository of cutting edge conservative thought (at least as far as that goes).
And so I happened to read his angry post President Obama's Lying About Taxes because Obama claims to have cut taxes for "95% of working Americans." And I was interested in this, as I had heard this claim repeatedly. But then I read Donald's basis for his debunking (which is itself a collection of other people's thoughts), and saw that I was right back where I started.
Apparently, a tax cut isn't a tax cut unless it's a cut in tax rates which goes towards rich people. Anything else is just a "give away," and if middle-class people pay less in taxes, their taxes still weren't cut unless Donald says they were. And sure, if the marginal tax rate for most Americans goes down, it's still a lie, because...well because...well because the WSJ told Donald that it was a lie; and that's good enough for him.
Oddly, much of Donald's evidence comes from a WSJ article written in October 2008; many months before Obama was even president. Donald also cites an American Spectator piece from January 7, 2009, a PolitiFact article that says Obama's telling the truth, and a Heritage Foundation piece saying that Obama will raise taxes on the rich; which was part of Obama's campaign platform.
Brilliant, Donald. All those quotes and not one that proved your point. Perhaps next time, Donald should look into Obama's actual tax policies.
Besides the Point
And after "debunking" Obama's claim by pointing to a ridiculously inaccurate post he had already written, Donald then moves on to items entirely unrelated to his subject; like the bogus claim of the IRS hiring "thousands" of employees to enforce health insurance mandates, bemoaning tax increases for the rich which the Bush Admin had set to expire, as well as hypothetical tax increases which might never happen.
And finally, we have Donald using other people's words to complain about Obama's dreaded deficits, without noting that the tax cuts Donald wants would only make them worse; just as they did when Bush tried that approach. Nor were Bush's raging deficits mentioned at all. Poor, confused Donald. He spends two long blog posts quoting other people's words to show that Obama's lying, but fails to find any lies in what Obama said.
And if you were wanting to learn if Obama's claim to have cut taxes for 95% of working Americans is a lie, you're just going to have to look elsewhere. Donald just hasn't found the person to quote on that one yet.