Even the Washington Post
Is getting a belly full of Obama's lies.
“We said working folks deserved a break, so within one month of me taking office, we signed into law the biggest middle-class tax cut in history, putting more money into your pockets.”
— President Obama, Sept. 5, 2011
The Pinocchio Test
Obama’s claim of having passed the “biggest middle-class tax cut in history” is ridiculous. He might have been on more solid ground if he had claimed the “broadest” tax cut, but that doesn’t sound very historic.
We went back and forth over whether this was a three or four Pinocchio violation, until we found evidence that Obama knew he was saying a whopper. Here’s how he put it in his 2010 State of the Union speech: “We cut taxes for 95 percent of working families.” That phrasing, at least, would not have been so misleading.
Re: Even the Washington Post
The president can't help it if you don't understand what he said. He did not tell a lie. There are 3 ways to talk about a tax cut: 1) a cut of the % rate taxed, 2) the amount of dollars involved or 3) the number of people affected. In this case he was clearly talking about the fact that 95% of the working folks who made less than $190K got a tax cut. It just really depends on how you WANT to look at it and you obviously want to look at it from a viewpoint that makes him a liar. Sorry. Not even close.