First the lie...
A rapidly spreading email is tricking thousands—if not millions—of Americans with outrageous lies and misrepresentations about Barack Obama's tax policies.
The email has taken a few different forms, but the most common subject line says:
“Important read - Taxes INTERESTING DATA JUST RECEIVED ON TAXES”
The email starts innocently enough, but the warning signs are there:
Spread the word.....
This is something you should be aware of so you don't get blind-sided. This is really going to catch a lot of families off guard. It should make you worry.
Then it goes on to distort Barack’s “Proposed changes in taxes after 2008 General election” including:
- Capital gains tax
- Dividend tax
- Income tax
- Inheritance tax
- New taxes on things like water
and here's the truth...
Barack Obama wants the tax code to favor honest, hard-working people, and he has proposed a $1,000 tax cut for middle class families.
But that hasn’t stopped anonymous smear-mongers from starting misleading rumors like this one.
FactCheck.org, a nonpartisan, nonprofit voter advocate group, debunked this email point-by-point:
“This widely distributed message is so full of misinformation that we find it impossible to believe that it is the result of simple ignorance or carelessness on the part of the writer. Almost nothing it says about Obama's tax proposals is true. We conclude that this deception is deliberate.” (emphasis added)
Download a campaign memo (PDF) to learn the facts about Obama and McCain's economic plans.