WashPost Fact Check: Obama Tax Cut Claim 'Ridiculous'

Wednesday, 07 Sep 2011 02:34 PM

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President Barack Obama’s claim that he signed into law the biggest middle-class tax cut in history “is ridiculous,” The Washington Post concluded in a fact check of the claim.

The president might have been more accurate during his Labor Day speech in Detroit if he had claimed the signed the “broadest” tax cut, but he didn’t, the Post reported.

Although the clear meaning of the president’s remarks refers to the biggest tax cuts in terms of dollars, the White House asserted otherwise. The point the president was making “is there is not a tax cut that has been enjoyed by such a broad section of the population,” an administration official told the Post in reference to a report that said that 95 percent of working families received some kind of tax cut under the Making Work Pay provision of Obama’s stimulus bill.

“In other words, this isn’t about the size of the tax cut, but about the fact that every working family, except those making more than $190,000, received as much as $800 in tax cuts,” the Post wrote. “That strikes us as very odd way to claim ‘the biggest,’ but maybe that’s because Obama can’t make that claim.”

The award for the biggest tax cut in the last half century goes to John F. Kennedy, the Post said, noting that “the income tax provisions of George W. Bush tax cuts are more than twice as large as Obama’s tax cut over the same three-year time span.”

“Obama’s claim of having passed the ‘biggest middle-class tax cut in history’ is ridiculous,” the Post concluded. “He might have been on more solid ground if he had claimed the ‘broadest’ tax cut, but that doesn’t sound very historic.”

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