ABC Cites Left-Leaning Tax Group to Endorse Obama's Plan
The verdict is in. ABCâs âWorld News with Charles Gibsonâ has determined for the American people that Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama will give most people a tax cut, while GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCainâs plan only
ABC correspondent Bill Weir made that assessment on the Oct. 20 broadcast of âWorld News,â citing analysis by the left-leaning
âSo in Obamaâs
Weir cited the Tax Policy Center, but didnât mention it is run by two left-leaning think tanks: the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute. Although Weir did not use the label, media often cite the group as ânon-partisan.â
And what the
âBut because this provision in his economic-recovery plan is ârefundable,â a large number of middle-to lower-income workers who have no income-tax liability after taking tax credits and deductions that the Internal Revenue Service allows, will be given the equivalent of the tax cut in the form of direct payments from the U.S. Treasury - funded by higher-income taxpayers,â Lambro wrote. âBecause the IRS says that nearly 46 million tax filers - one-third of all filers - had no tax liability in 2006, there is the question of how millions of Americans can receive an income âtax cutâ when they pay no taxes.â
Instead of explaining the way tax credits would be used to redistribute wealth â the segment included an endorsement of Obamaâs plan â claiming the lower and middle class would come out ahead.
âBottom line, if youâre a lower or middle income household, you come out ahead in the Obama plan,â Len Burman, senior rellow at the Urban Institute and co-director of the
But even Roberton Williams, principal research associate at the
âAsked whether the transfer of taxes from high earners to middle- and low-income earners was a way of redistributing the nation's income, Mr. Williams said, âYou could certainly view it that way because both [tax] proposals are in the same tax plan. Thereâs no question thatâs one way to perceive the tax plan,ââ Lambro wrote.