Democratic Anti-Chambliss Ad on FairTax is Very Deceptive
October 17, 2008
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) is running this ad against incumbent Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) in Georgia, noting that Chambliss supports the FairTax, a 23 percent national sales tax proposal. The ad inaccurately implies that the FairTax plan is a tax increase and would be extra on all purchases.
What the ad doesn't say is that the FairTax proposal is a replacement for all other taxes. It would repeal the personal income tax, corporate income tax, payroll taxes, etc., and replace all of them with the 23 percent national sales tax. Now, whether that is possible is an entirely different argument, but that's what the plan is.
So to say, as this ad does, that Chambliss wants to "raise taxes" or have you pay "extra" for items is false. The DSCC can try to convince voters that Chambliss has the wrong priority or that a national sales tax is poor tax policy, but it is deceptive to imply that Chambliss wants to impose these taxes on top of other taxes.
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