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Wednesday, April 21, 2004

 
The Treasury Letter Outrage


There has been a big flap over the fact that language lifted verbatim from the RNC has appeared on a press release from the treasury department:

America has a choice: It can continue to grow the economy and create new jobs as the President's polices are doing; or it can raise taxes on American families and small businesses, hurting economic recovery and future job creation.(details)

Sadly, most of the coverage focuses simply on the fact that blatantly political propaganda was appearing on a taxpayer-funded document -- when, in reality, that is merely the beginning of the outrage. Oddly, none of the articles I have read so far bothered to mention that the claim itself was a compound deception, misleading – in typical Republican form -- in multiple ways:

As a rule of thumb, any time you hear a Republican mention a choice -- hang on tight to your wallet, and take a good hard look at the claim. Any suggestion that policies might involve real, tough choices is reliably and assiduously avoided. If the choice sounds easy, and obvious -- the odds are good that you are just being offered two different flavors of horse manure.

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