Last night during the Presidential debates, John McCain accused Barrack Obama of voting to raise taxes 94 times. He may want to research that statement a little.
The truth of the matter is Obama has consistently voted to restore higher tax rates for the rich and not for the common man. That policy is consistent with his campaign promises. As president Obama says that he would raise taxes only on those making more than $250,000 a year.
Looking over Obama’s voting record in the Senate it’s true some of his votes would have increased taxes for some. What is also true though is seven of his votes would have lowered taxes for many while raising them for either corporations or affluent individuals. Twenty-seven votes were for measures that would not have produced any increase to the taxes at all.
Eleven of those votes would have raised taxes but only for those making more than $1 million. Those votes also were in order to fund programs like Head Start and school nutritional programs. They also were to be used for veteran’s health care.
The majority of the 94 votes – 53 of them, including some mentioned above – were on budget measures, not tax bills, and would not have resulted in any tax change. Four other votes were non-binding motions related to conference report negotiations.
Those votes also include measures to raise the minimum wage to $7.25 while the Republicans tried to keep it at $6.25 and give tax breaks to small businesses.