September 24, 2004

Giving it all away. Again.

We don't usually post stuff we get from the Daily Mis-Lead because we figure their releases will be available from numerous other blogs. But for today's mis-lead, we'll make an exception.

Here's the whole thing:


The administration and most of the mainstream press are billing the tax package
passed by Congress yesterday as a "middle class tax-cut."[1] The reality is that the new law is more of the same: tax cuts that benefit the rich and, in many cases, exclude the neediest families.

An analysis from the Urban Institute-Brookings Tax Policy Center shows that the
middle 20 percent of earners "will receive an average tax cut of $162 in 2005 from this legislation."[2] The top fifth of earners, however, "will get an average tax cut of $1,317."[3] As a result, the top fifth will receive two-thirds of all benefits.[4]

The bill excluded a provision that would have extended the child tax credit to four million low-income families who currently don't qualify.[5] Extending eligibility to these families would have cost $4 billion.[6] Meanwhile, conservatives included $12 billion in tax cuts for corporations.[7]

1. "Congress Extends Middle-Class Tax Breaks," The Kansas City Star, 9/24/04,
2. "New 'Middle-Class' Tax-Cut Bill Represents Cynical policymaking," Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 9/23/04,
3. Ibid,
4. Ibid,
5. "Lawmakers Can't Resist Voting to Extend Bush's Tax Cuts," Los Angeles Times,
6. Ibid.,
7. Ibid.,

Some middle-class tax cut, eh? Remember to give the media hell if you catch them echoing the Dubya administration's spin on this legislation.

Posted by Magpie at September 24, 2004 11:05 AM | US Politics | Technorati links |