In the Sept. 30 edition of the West Central Tribune, Katie Meline criticized Alysia Heidecker's letter, which appeared in the Sept. 27 edition of the West Central Tribune, praising John McCain's economic reform plan. Meline claimed that a couple with two children earning $100,000 with $20,000 in itemized deductions would have a net tax bill for 2009 of basically $500 less under Obama's plan than under McCain's plan.
As Meline said, we need to base our votes on "real" data & not misinformation.
So, we need to examine the records of both candidates. While Obama was running for the Senate, he also promised tax relief for the middle class. However, nothing ever became of that campaign promise. Obama's record is filled with endless spending programs & votes for higher taxes, (including for the middle class) & empty promises. McCain champions the cutting of expensive big government programs & corrupt earmarks which he has never participated in while Obama has, to the tune of $1 billion during his short time in the Senate. Unlike Obama, McCain consistently objects to ridiculous spending such as taxpayer funded abortions here and abroad.
As Meline says, let's stick to the facts. Therefore, we must challenge Obama when he accuses the Bush Administration for the financial mess on Wall Street. Bill Clinton signed a bill into law which enabled poor Americans who could not even afford a down payment, to be able to buy a home which helped to create this present mess with mortgages. Obama very conveniently ignores the fact that McCain in 2005 and again in 2007 tried desperately to prevent a disaster from happening and attempted to put legislation in place which would have placed certain restrictions on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Democrats adamantly opposed this action and blocked that legislation and Obama specifically stated that subprime loans were a good idea.
Even if one could believe Obama's tax relief plan, the sample Meline gives does not take into account McCain's plan of a $5,000 tax deduction for each child or the $5,000 tax credit for health insurance.
Evelyn A. Guggisberg