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Obama Misrepresents Tax Relief Figure

From the latest in now a long line of mendacious websites from the Obama camp, Recovery.gov:

Where is Your Money Going?

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act targets investments towards key areas that will save or create good jobs immediately, while also laying the groundwork for long-term economic growth. The charts and numbers below give you an idea of where the money is going.

Over the upcoming months, we will provide more information on the distribution of funding by Federal agencies. In order to give small businesses and Americans across the country a chance to apply for recovery dollars to create and save jobs, some funding may not be distributed until this summer. New information on the allocation of funds will be posted on Recovery.gov as it becomes available.

* Tax Reliefincludes $15 B for Infrastructure and Science, $61 B for Protecting the Vulnerable, $25 B for Education and Training and $22 B for Energy, so total funds are $126 B for Infrastructure and Science, $142 B for Protecting the Vulnerable, $78 B for Education and Training, and $65 B for Energy.

[*] State and Local Fiscal Relief – Prevents state and local cuts to health and education programs and state and local tax increases.

Please note the footnotes.

We think it is safe to say that most people think of “tax relief” as lower taxes.

But the so-called “tax relief” doesn’t seem to involve just lower taxes.

Instead $123B ($15B + $61B + $25B + $22B) of the $288B figure  for “tax relief” seem to be for other things besides “tax relief.”

Perhaps there are some tax breaks involved in “infrastructure and science” and “protecting the vulnerable.” But we doubt it.

We doubt that “the vulnerable” even pay taxes.

And does anyone really believe that the “State and Local Fiscal Relief” will stop the state and local governments from raising taxes?

If so, someone should tell California.

Yet this is what Mr. Obama calls open and honest government.

This is what he calls “accountability transparency.”

Still, there is something poetically just about representing these figures as bubbles.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 19th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Obama Misrepresents Tax Relief Figure”

  1. curvyred says:

    Surprise Surprise!

    Here is a little something I never thought I would see a MSM outlet say:



  2. proreason says:

    I would be surpised to learn that there is ANY tax relief.

    Even after removing the items SG removed, the remainder will just be one-time give-aways…..and 40% will go to people who don’t pay taxes anyway.

    Which is basically a down-payment to The Moron’s voters in the next election……at YOUR expense, of course. Sweet, huh?

  3. Reality Bytes says:

    Best bang for the taxpayer buck is still the US military (pun intended).

    Of course, that’s a historical fact proven by history, which dooms any hope of military investment from the “O zone”.

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      .. and isn’t it amazing that Defense is the only area that I’ve heard obama demands reductions (???).

  4. Trogdor says:

    The vulnerable might not even make it out of the womb alive. That’s how they protect them from the evil world.

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