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    Filed at 7:03 am under by dcobranchi

    It shouldn’t matter which candidate you’re supporting to appreciate this level of fact-checking and explication from the New York Times:

    Mr. Mehlman added that Mr. Kerry had voted 98 times for tax increases totaling $2.3 trillion and had voted 8 times for higher taxes on Social Security benefits.

    Mr. Mehlman was apparently referring to a record that is more complex than suggested in the daily charge and countercharge of the two campaigns. In reality, Mr. Kerry voted for one large tax increase, the Clinton tax bill of 1993. Most of the additional income taxes in this bill were imposed on the wealthy, but it did include an increase in the taxes on Social Security benefits for middle-income retirees.

    Mr. Kerry also voted against two large tax cuts, the Bush tax bills in 2001 and 2003. Although most of the tax cuts went to the wealthy, the bills included lower taxes for middle-income couples and families. Mr. Kerry favored the middle-class cuts but voted against them in the course of voting against the entire legislation.

    Mr. Kerry did cast 98 tax votes, but nearly half of them were not on bills but rather on budget resolutions, measures that set overall tax and spending targets. The total also includes the many times he cast multiple votes on the same bill.

    Where have these guys been for the last 20 years or so?

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