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Sarah Palin Brings A Cheat Sheet And Hand Notes And She Still Gets The Facts Wrong

Reported by Ellen - August 1, 2010 -

Sarah Palin was the top guest on Fox News Sunday today and, in a tacit acknowledgment of her flimsy grasp of policy, brought both a cheat sheet and a note on her palm to the interview. She even told host Chris Wallace that the figure on her hand was to make sure she didn't get it wrong and get "dinged by the liberals." When was the last time a Sunday news show guest couldn't make his points without notes? But even with all that extra help, Palin still grossly misrepresented Obama's plan to let the Bush tax cuts expire for the richest two percent of Americans. Rather than challenge her faulty information, host Chris Wallace made it clear he thought her crib notes were cute.

Palin told Wallace that Obama was poised to put into effect the "largest tax increase in U.S. history... $3.8 trillion in the next ten years and it will have an effect on every single American who pays an income tax." In fact, as Think Progress noted, Obama is proposing to allow only certain of the tax cuts to sunset (the sunset provision was enacted by a then-Republican Congress), not raise taxes. Second, only tax cuts on the wealthiest two percent are being allowed to expire.

As Think Progress also noted, The Pew Economic Policy Group estimates that extending all the Bush tax cuts would cost $3.1 trillion over ten years after the costs of servicing the debt are factored in. So it seems nearly impossible to conclude that an expiration of a part of them would result in a $3.8 trillion tax increase.

Poor Palin. No matter how much help Fox News gives her, she still keeps falling flat on her face.

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