Debra J. Saunders
Updated 10:58 p.m., Monday, September 3, 2012
“They lie and they don’t care if people think they lie,” California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton told reporter Joe Garofoli before a state delegation breakfast Monday. Burton even brought up “As long as you lie, Joseph Goebbels, the big lie, you keep repeating it, you know.”
First off, Nazi analogies are obnoxious; they trivialize Adolf Hitler’s atrocities. For his part, Burton is not above spewing hate himself. In a radio interview, he told KCBS’ Doug Sovern that Republicans are likely to take his remarks as a compliment. Later in the day, Burton issued a statement that stipulated he never said the word “Nazi” and included an apology “if” he offended anyone.
Second, there’s something annoying about Democrats’ apparent belief that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have been untruthful, but their side has not. Never their side.
Nonsense. Addressing the Faith Council at the Charlotte Convention Center, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz told a whopper when she insisted that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan believe “we should give more tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires, more tax breaks to people who are already doing really well and make sure that they can do even better, and have the middle class and working families pay for those tax breaks.”
Where does this silly charge originate? On Aug. 1, the Tax Policy Center came out with a report that said Romney’s tax proposals “would provide large tax cuts to high-income households, and increase the tax burdens on middle- and/or lower-income taxpayers.”
Here’s the problem: The Tax Policy Center report starts with the caveat, “We do not score Gov. Romney’s plan directly as certain components of his plan are not specified in sufficient detail.” Analysts made a number of assumptions, also known as guesses.
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