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21. Simple Political ReWording with Dangerous Consequences

26 Apr

This is a short blog devoted to something so important that it deserves a separate brief piece.  A minor alteration in a short phrase can have a profound negative affect on the outcome of elections. Here it is in its original form (supported by most Democrats) and its slanted rewriting for diversion:

1.  Original:  “Raise tax collection for the very rich”

2.  Slanted:  “Raise taxes”

The second looks similar to the first, but there is a profound difference. The second scares the general public and is a blatant misquote.  Republicans love to say that Democrats want to raise taxes.  They leave off: “for the very rich”.   I have seen this alteration over and over again and its negative effect is profound.  It really affects voter behavior and causes horrible damage to our country.

Here is an example.   According to CNN Money, “Calling for higher taxes on the rich has been a feature of every one of Obama’s budgets since 2009.”     See: http://money.cnn.com/2015/01/30/pf/taxes/obama-taxes-rich/

Republicans usually rephrase this as: “Obama wants to raise taxes”.  In fact, Obama has repeatedly said that he wants to lower or hold steady taxes for the middle class.  You can see this in the legislation he has promoted.   See the following for more info on Obama and middle-class tax reduction:  http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/dec/01/barack-obama/obama-says-taxes-lower-middle-class/