It's a noble effort, meticulously comparing partisan claims to those of independent experts. I think it does a decent job; although none of the points are thoroughly examined, the authors take a few sentences after each politician's statement to review its factual claims.
Goes out of it's way to be balanced, and present both sides of the argument, but doesn't bother to examine who is actually right, what a proper course of action might look like, or how a compromise might be reached.
This is an extremely limited facts check. Regardless of this issue there are problems with the tax code. It seems both parties are not prepared to look closely at the tax code and without resolving this and several other tax issues prior to the end of the year estate taxes, alternative tax issues and many other issues will go back to permanent law. Then the public will scream loudly.
I always appreciate journalists that fact-check politicians. And this article, though I found the call-and-response format distracting, did that. I would have found it more valuable and well-rounded if it had also checked whether any of these claims are true. For example, do any of these cuts help create jobs or stimulate the economy?
"Tax Cuts in Black and White" should have been called "Tax Cuts: He Said, She Said"
"As the Brookings Institution’s Bill Gale has pointed out, the budget deficit stood at 1.2 percent of annual gross domestic product as recently as 2007, long after the Bush tax cuts had taken effect, and have ballooned to 10 percent of GDP now."
- Well of course. Fractions have a denominator!
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