To Sawyer, Not Raising Tax Rates Means a 'Tax Cut' as She Frames Debate Through Liberal Prism
Published: 9/9/2010 7:37 PM ET
If your income tax rate stays the same next year, would you consider that a "tax cut"? ABC anchor Diane Sawyer sure seems to think so. Adopting the Obama/Democratic spin as fact, that maintaining the same income tax rates in place since 2003 constitutes a "tax cut," even though taxpayers would pay the same amount on the same income, she led Wednesday's ABC World News:
It will be the big battle to the finish line in November, and this is the question: How big a tax cut will you get next year?In her very text sentence, however, she incongruently, but accurately, recognized Obama's wish to return rates for some to their pre-2003 level would constitute a hike: "And should taxes increase on the wealthiest Americans?"
The subsequent story dealt only with Obama v Republicans on income tax rates for 2011, and a FICA tax cut is off the political table, so Sawyer must have been talking about the income tax, not any FICA rate change.