A long lead editorial in Friday’s New York Times, “Once and Future Taxes,” called on Barack Obama to accept the inevitable and raise taxes to fight the $9 trillion budget deficit. Does this mean Times editors and reporters will now apologize to John McCain for claiming that Obama would only raise taxes on “the rich”?
The Times made a full-throated call for a broad tax hike:
During the campaign the Times consistently guarded Obama’s vulnerable left flank on taxes, insisting Obama would not raise taxes on the middle-class, only “the wealthy,” — the wealthy as determined by the liberal New York Times, anyway.
Reporter Steven Greenhouse, October 31, 2008: “Independent analyses of the presidential candidates’ tax proposals show that those who make less than $250,000 a year would not see their taxes raised under Senator Barack Obama’s plans.”
Reporter Jim Rutenberg, October 16, 2008: “Mr. Obama’s plan would raise taxes on filers earning more than $250,000 a year, a category that includes some small businesses, but would cut taxes on households earning less than $200,000 a year.”
An Oct. 16, 2008 editorial: “Mr. Obama would cut taxes for low- and moderate-income families and raise them for richer Americans.”
Perhaps Obama’s most vociferous defender was reporter Larry Rohter, who wrote on Sept. 30, 2008: “Under his plan, only individuals making $200,000 or more and families earning more than $250,000 a year, accounting for less than 2 percent of the population, would pay additional taxes, and more than 90 percent of the population would receive a tax break of some sort.”
Posted on September 4, 2009 by pnaction