Wednesday, August 05, 2009

The other big lie

Accompanying the denial of a desire to nationalize health care is the denial of intentions to raise taxes on the middle class. This one doesn't even pass the laugh test with Americans with even a basic knowledge of politics, pure common sense tells you that their agenda cannot be enacted without massive tax increases.

So why keep the charade going?

John Hinderaker makes the argument that it's an attempt to fool the most gullible among us:

So what's going on here? I think the Democrats know (as both Geithner and Summers essentially admitted) that broad-based tax increases will be necessary if their legislative agenda passes. Right now, though, that agenda is teetering on the brink of disaster. Cap-and-tax may be dead and Obamacare is looking tenuous at best. If the administration were to admit that these programs mean higher taxes on more or less everyone, they would have no chance of passage.

So Obama and his minions are doing what they think they have to do: they are misleading the public about the fiscal consequences of their legislative agenda, knowing that if they are successful, there will be a day of reckoning in the not-too-distant future. At the moment, their disarray is such that they are willing to take their chances with an electorate that will surely be enraged if Obama violates his iron-clad pledge not to raise the taxes of those who earn less than $250,000 a year.

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