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Rudy Giuliani: Obama Trying To Reestablish Welfare In America

Reported by Ellen - October 29, 2008 -

In his critique of Barack Obama's half-hour infomercial tonight, Rudy Giuliani upped the ante on Obama smears, at least as far as I've heard. Instead of just attacking Obama's tax plan as welfare, Giuliani claimed that Obama is trying to “reestablish welfare in this country.” Last I checked, we still have welfare in this country, though presumably Giuliani meant “federal welfare.” Giuliani also falsely stated that John McCain's health insurance rebate is a tax cut, not a cash payment. With video.

Yesterday, FOX News hosted Newt Gingrich to provide "reaction" to Sean Hannity's interview with John and Cindy McCain. So was there a Democrat on Hannity & Colmes offering reaction to tonight's Barack Obama infomercial? Nope. Just the Republican Giuliani. Fair and balanced? Not!

Giuliani said that Obama's tax cuts amount to "welfare checks." He added, "This is another way of reestablishing welfare in this country. After all, Barack Obama opposed welfare reform... this is another way of starting welfare in America."

Giuliani wrongly insisted to Alan Colmes that McCain's health insurance tax credits are not like Obama's because McCain's plan amounts to a tax cut, not a cash handout. But McCain's website says otherwise. It states: "While still having the option of employer-based coverage, every family will receive a direct refundable tax credit - effectively cash - of $2,500 for individuals and $5,000 for families to offset the cost of insurance."

That sounds like a handout to me.