Baseball Crank
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August 20, 2008
POLITICS: McCain's Website Needs An Obama Tax Hike Calculator

So I spent a little time noodling around the McCain campaign website, and maybe this is buried deep in the site somewhere and I missed it, but shouldn't the site have a place where you can calculate, even roughly, how much Obama's tax hike plans will cost you? Certainly taxes is a huge issue, being a hardy GOP perennial, an issue on which Obama has been backtracking, and the focus of several of McCain's recent ads, like this one:

I recall the tax cut calculator being a popular feature of Bush's site in 2000, back in the Stone Age of web campaigns. But you can't do anything similar on McCain's site. The "Issues" section of McCain's site also has no separate page on taxes. (On a related note, the RNC website's "Obama Spendometer" link no longer leads you to anything - maybe Obama broke it?)

I realize that Obama's tax plans can be hard to pin down, and that there are challenges presented in trying to corral the many different taxes he is proposing to raise, like capital gains, dividend, payroll, and estate taxes, as well as indirect taxes like energy and corporate taxes (in the latter case, as with gas taxes, he's opposing McCain's proposed cuts) and tariffs. But calculations for particular people presumably can be done, at least in a rough-estimate sort of way, and the numbers they give you can be eye-popping especially for groups like upper-middle-class professionals and small business people who the GOP has been weaker with in recent elections.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:09 PM | Politics 2008 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Hmm... this is probably why McCain doesn't want that tax calculator.

Posted by: dave at August 21, 2008 11:20 AM

Yeah, Crank...perhaps you're not quite fully back from vacation? I had friends asking six weeks ago what the differences were and had no problem finding that a vote for McCain will only lessen your tax burden if you're filthy rich. Not that it's a surprise or anything.

Posted by: macsonix at August 25, 2008 1:21 PM

Here is what I found.

Also this one from a tax professor.

Disclosure, as a high earner I will be better off if McCain wins.

Posted by: T at August 31, 2008 1:50 PM
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