key phrase of the day
From the WaPo editorial page: "Any time a salesman has to resort to such deceptive tactics, the customer ought to be wary about what is being sold."
In this case, it's about Bush's dishonest representation of the "average" amounts of savings in his tax plan--although, indeed, that watchword could apply to any number of Bush policies, from Iraq on down the line. While the average savings of more than US$1,000 are technically true, they're being represented as a typical tax savings, and that simply isn't the case.
The vast majority of taxpayers -- 80 percent -- would receive less than that amount, according to data from the Urban Institute-Brookings Institution Tax Policy Center. For the truly typical household -- filers in the middle fifth of the income spectrum -- the average tax cut would be $256. Almost half of all taxpayers would see their taxes drop by less than $100. At the top of the income pyramid, however, the tax savings would be huge; the top 1 percent of filers would receive an average tax cut of $24,100. The average tax cut touted by Mr. Bush is more than $1,000 only because the savings for the wealthiest Americans are so large.
(via Oliver Willis)