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Friday, April 14, 2006

Our advice to Dubya's administration about lying in public.

It's simple: When you tell a lie with one hand, don't point to the lie with another.

In his latest column [bootlegged here], Paul Krugman has a beautiful example of how Dubya and his cronies are so arrogant in their lies that they don't bother to cover their tracks. During the 2004 presidential campaign, you might recall, the GOP hammered the Democrats' charge that Dubya's tax cuts mainly went to the rich. The prez himself took up this theme during one of his debates with John Kerry, claiming that 'most of the tax cuts went to low- and middle-income Americans.' But despite piles of evidence that the truth is exactly the opposite of what Dubya claimed, the administration has stuck to its guns, insisting that criticisms of the tax cut are politically motivated lies.

Krugman picks up the story:

The Treasury Department has put out an exercise in spin called the "Tax Relief Kit," which tries to create the impression that most of the tax cuts went to low- and middle-income families. Conspicuously missing from the document are any actual numbers about how the tax cuts were distributed among different income classes. Yet Treasury analysts have calculated those numbers, and there's enough information in the "kit" to figure out what they discovered....

Here's the bottom line: about 32 percent of the tax cuts went to the richest 1 percent of Americans, people whose income this year will be at least $341,773. About 53 percent of the tax cuts went to the top 10 percent of the population. Remember, these are the administration's own numbers — numbers that it refuses to release to the public.

I'm sure that this column will provoke a furious counterattack from the administration, an all-out attempt to discredit my math. Yet if I'm wrong, there's an easy way to prove it: just release the raw data used to construct the table titled "Projected Share of Individual Income Taxes and Income in 2006." Memo to reporters: if the administration doesn't release those numbers, that's in effect a confession of guilt, an implicit admission that the data contradict the administration's spin.

As Krugman says, it's not surprising the Dubya's administration would lie about something as supposedly trivial as taxes when they have absolutely no trouble telling lies about Iraq, where people are dying every day as a result of those lies.

By the way, you can find a PDF of the Treasury Department's 'Tax Relief Kit' if you go here.

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