Republican Rove’s Claim Is False

The latest multimillion-dollar attack ad from former Bush political guru Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS makes an almost entirely false claim that President Obama broke a promise to not increase taxes for families making less than $250,000 a year.

Calling the GOP message “nonsense” and “simply dishonest” a analysis states that “Obama repeatedly cut taxes for such middle-class families, first through a tax credit in effect for 2009 and 2010, and beginning in 2011, through a reduction in the payroll tax that is worth $1,000 this year to workers earning $50,000 a year.”

While it’s true that some tax increases contained in the new health care law would fall on individuals, they have mostly not taken effect yet and are small compared with the cuts the president already enacted. And this ad exaggerates them greatly.

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