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Obama’s Many “Helpers” Can’t Keep Gaffes (Or Words) To Minimum

November 1, 2008

Joe Biden is so well known for his gaffe filled language that the media hardly notices anymore.

But when it comes to easy to recall numbers, Obama and his “helpers” are all over left field.

Yesterday New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson said, “What Obama wants to do is, he is basically looking at $120,000 and under, among those that are in the middle class, and there is a tax cut for those.” (KOA-AM, Interview With Gov. Bill Richardson, 10/31/08)
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Just A Few Days Ago, Biden Lowered The Ceiling For Tax Cuts To $150,000, Confirming What Obama Let Slip Earlier In The Campaign — That Americans Would See Higher Taxes Starting At $150,000:

Biden: “Spreading the wealth was not — he was talking about is all of the tax breaks have gone to the very, very wealthy. For example you have right now, this year, under the old tax policy that was just — that was put in by George Bush, people making an average $1.4 million a year, good people, decent people, patriotic — they’re going to get an $87 billion tax break. What we’re saying is that $87 billion tax break doesn’t need to go to people making an average of $1.4 million, it should go like it used to. It should go to middle class people — people making under $150,000 a year.” (WNEP-Scranton, Interview With Sen. Joe Biden, 10/27/08)

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, left, and Democratic vice presidential ... 
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, left, and Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., finish a rally with a friendly handshake Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 in Mesilla, N.M.(AP Photo/The La Cruces Sun-News, Shari Vialpando)

Notice that Biden gets the number wrong and uses about twice the words as Richardson.
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What does Obama say?

 In June 2008, Obama Told Reporters He Would Raise Taxes On The Top 5 Percent Of Earners. “Speaking to reporters in St. Louis, he said he would eliminate the capital gains tax ‘for the small businesses and startups that are the backbone of our economy.’ His income tax plans, Obama said, would cut taxes for 95 percent of U.S. workers, while rolling back the Bush administration‘s tax reductions for the highest-earning 5 percent.” (Matt Apuzzo and Charles Babington, “McCain, Obama Trade Jabs On Economy, Taxes,” The Associated Press, 6/11/08)

Obama: “It Is True That Those Like Myself Who Are In The Top 5 Percent, We’re Going To See A Tax Increase. I’m Going To Roll The Bush Tax Cuts Back To The Levels They Were In The 1990s.” (Fox Business’ “Fox Business,” 6/26/08)Biden, Obama, Richardson, Tax, Taxes, gaffe, gaffes, “helpers”,

In 2006, The Cut Off For The Top 5 Percent Of Earners Began At About $150,000 — Well Below Obama’s $250,000 Threshold. “Including all tax returns that had a positive AGI, taxpayers with an AGI of $153,542 or more in 2006 constituted the nation’s top 5 percent of earners.” (Gerald Prante, “Summary Of Latest Federal Individual Income Tax Data,” www.taxfoundation.org, 7/18/08)