Thursday, September 4, 2008

Palin, In Acceptance, Shows One Republican Qualification: She Knows How To Lie

By Manifesto Joe

Listening to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's acceptance of the GOP vice presidential nomination was mildly entertaining. She's no spellbinder, but she delivers a fair speech. So much for form. As for substance, she already shows one great qualification to be a leading Republican candidate: She can lie to millions of people without a blink.

I kept hearing something about Obama planning to raise Americans' taxes. All kinds of taxes, on all sectors. Palin even brought up an example of her sister and brother-in-law (no, not that one) who were starting up a small business, a service station. How would things get better for them if their taxes were to go up?

The problem: Nobody, certainly not Obama, has been talking about that. I clearly recall Obama saying during the primaries that, with perhaps a few variations, he would favor a reversion of the federal tax burden to where it was during the Clinton years.

My wife and I have had something pretty close to a median U.S. income for over 20 years now. I clearly remember 1993, and the passage of the Clinton tax plan (by a margin of one vote in the House). I recall the Republicans' dire predictions for the economy, and how it would be wrecked, and how everyone's taxes would go up.

I also remember what happened to our taxes after the Clinton plan really went into effect. Our taxes DIDN'T go up. The rates DID go up on some very high-income taxpayers -- and within a few years, the federal government had not only a balanced budget, but a surplus.

Sounds like a great point of return. Here are Obama's actual positions, as detailed on his Web site.

Now, as for Palin's "executive" record on taxes?

As an example, I'll refer to the condition in which she left her hometown on her way to Juneau:

Palin Left Wasilla $20 Million In Debt. As mayor of Wasilla, Palin cut taxes while simultaneously expanding the town’s operating budget by almost $2 million. She ended her term in 2002 with Wasilla $20 million in debt. [Anchorage Daily News 10/23/06; the Politico, 8/29]

Thanks to fellow bloggers Yellow Dog and Warren Street for leading the way to this tidbit from Think Progress.

It appears, from this, that Sarah Palin has one other prime qualification for the Republican big time. She doesn't think you always need revenue to run a government entity. That puts her squarely in the economic camp of Republicans of the past 30 years. And it puts her, more importantly now, in the camp of the born-again supply-sider John McCain. Reaganomics III, anyone?

Manifesto Joe Is An Underground Writer Living In Texas.

1 comment:

Marc McDonald said...

Although the MSM has done a poor job of conveying this info, Obama has said he will CUT taxes for working class and middle class Americans. He's said he will ONLY raise taxes for those making at least $250,000 a year.
Of course, for someone like McCain, $250,000 is chump change and he probably thinks that is indeed a "middle-class" wage.
(McCain already said that only those who make at least $5 million a year can be considered "rich").
That's the way these rich f*cks and their allies think. I mean, look at ABC's Charles Gibson---he recently claimed that people making $200,000 a year are "middle-class."
The disconnected-from-reality mindset of these rich people probably isn't that far removed from the mindset of the French royalty, just before the Revolution. They probably thought everything was fine and dandy back then, too.