Thursday, October 25, 2007

Shape of Earth: Opinions Differ

So, Charlie Rangel says he's proposing a revenue neutral overhaul of the tax system. The rough truth or falsity of this is an empirical question which can be determined by one of the various agencies and bodies that runs the models on such things. So either he is proposing the "mother of all tax hikes" as CNN tells me Republicans are claiming, or he isn't proposing any tax increase whatsoever, as Rangel is claiming. While the numbers would probably confuse Ted Koppel, there is in fact an answer to this basic question, and if one set of politicians is telling you something in opposition to this answer it means that they are lying and you are helping to communicate their lies to the public. That's journalism, baby!