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October 23, 2004

The Big Lie

Joseph Perkins knocks another one out of the park:

The great masses of the people," wrote one of history's most infamous propagandists, "will more easily fall victims to a big lie than a small lie."
John Kerry agrees. As do the 527 organizations that support the Democrat presidential nominee. For as they slouch toward Election Day, they have ginned up every big lie they can think of to scare the masses of voters away from George W. Bush.
Just this week, in fact, the Kerry campaign unveiled an ad claiming that the president "has a plan to cut Social Security benefits by 30 to 45 percent."
It's a shameless attempt by the Democratic Party standard-bearer to scare the bejeebers out of the nation's seniors. And it's a big lie, as attested by FactCheck.org, a nonpartisan Web site produced by the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center.
"Bush hasn't proposed any specific plan," according to the site, but has received three possible "reform models" detailed in the final report of a bipartisan commission studying ways to strengthen Social Security.
"The plan the Kerry ad refers to doesn't affect benefits for current retirees at all," it adds, and "Even for future retirees, benefits will grow under the 'reform model' the Kerry ad refers to."


Perkins goes on to detail the Kerry campaign's deceits on the draft, black disenfranchisement, and the middle class tax burden:

Kerry and pro-Kerry groups like Rock the Vote continue scare young voters with draft rumors, despite the undeniable truth that the draft bill, already defeated 402-2, was sponsored by Democrats, and has been unequivocally denounced by the President who has stated, "We're not going to have a draft, period."

Finally, there's the Kerry claim that, "After nearly four years under George Bush, the middle class is paying a bigger share of America's tax burden, and the wealthiest are paying less."
That's another big lie. The fact is that Bush lowered taxes across the board.
And when all was said and done, the highest-earning 20 percent of Americans still accounted for 63 percent of all federal tax receipts, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, compared to 10.5 percent for the middle 20 percent.

It's enough to make you wonder: does the DNC really think Democrats don't care about the truth? Or do they just think they are stupid? Perkins has a theory:

The Kerry campaign, the 527 and activist organizations that support the Democrat presidential nominee, are persuaded that the masses will easily fall victim to their big lies.

- Cassandra

October 23, 2004 at 12:09 PM | Permalink


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