Location: Pantego, Texas, United States

Saturday, July 02, 2011

President Obama overuses two rhetorical devices: the "setting up a strawman," and the "false choice." In his recent press conference, in his fake "folksy" style he used the "false choice" when he berated private jet owners. He presented the choice as between tax breaks for private jet owners and education and healthcare for children. The problem with this is that the budget deficit is over a trillion dollars per year, while education has annual expenditures of hundreds of billion. The false choice is that eliminating the private jet tax break will generate about 3 billion dollars over ten years. This is a mere drop in the bucket compared to the budget deficit and the social spending that he says will be curtailed without the added revenue. Obama is also a hypocrite in that the tax break for private jet owners (a reduction in the depreciation time from 7 years to 5 years) was implemented as part of Obama's economic stimulus law from 2009, and is one of the tax cuts that he brags about providing to promote economic activity and employment.


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