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April 19, 2011

Obama Wants To Raise Taxes On The Middle Class. So Does Walter Mondale. Obama Won't Tell You. Mondale Just Did.

A quip that Walter Mondale is especially proud of has fresh relevance, but not in the way Mondale intends it.

In a Washington Post op-ed piece over the weekend, Mondale quotes his own speech to that year's Democratic National Convention in San Francisco: "Taxes will go up. . . . It must be done. Mr. Reagan will raise taxes, and so will I. He won't tell you. I just did."

In Mondale's account, "I lost the election, but I won the debate."


"It makes sense to seize today's bipartisan support for cutting tax exemptions as a way to increase revenue," Mondale continues. "I also believe that we must eliminate [George W.] Bush's tax cuts for the rich."

Obama embraced these ideas in his speech last week. But unlike Mondale, he didn't have the honesty to say he wanted to raise taxes, so that he ended up advocating a "$2 trillion stealth tax hike," as Reuters' James Pethokoukis points out.

He described the increase in rates as forgoing a tax "cut" and the curtailment of tax deductions and exemptions--which his deficit commission proposed, but offset by lower rates--as "spending reductions in the tax code."


"Calls to cut taxes further . . . brings [sic] me back to 1984," Mondale writes. But Obama's doublespeak is more reminiscent of "1984."

But it's not just doublespeak; it's also Obama lying in exactly the way he wrongly accused Ronald Reagan of doing.

Obama plans to raise taxes on the middle class specifically. That is his only option for supporting the Government By Colossus he's built.

While he does tell us he wants to raise taxes, in his doublespeak sort of way, he specifically lies about only taxing the rich.

Does Mondale miss the whole point of this quip he's so fond of? He was accusing Reagan of not being straight with the American people and having a secret plan, to be executed without the public's consent in the confirmatory mechanism we call an "election," to raise taxes.

Which is exactly what Obama is planning.

If Reagan was to be attacked for this claimed stealth plan to raise taxes, why is Obama to be praised?

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