Misleading chart


Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 10:33 p.m.

The Sun's Jan. 8 chart comparing the Bush plan and the Democrats plan for economic stimulus was rather strange and misleading.

In the con section of the Democrats' plan you listed lost revenues. But in the Bush plan that was never mentioned. The Bush plan costs (i.e., loses more revenue ) far more than the Democratic plan.

The fairer comparison would show that each plan loses revenue but the Bush plan losing far more. Each plan gives money to consumers, but the Democrats' plan gives much more to consumers who need it and would actually spend it.

There is really no comparison between a plan that would not stimulate the economy and gives unneeded tax breaks to the wealthiest (the Bush plan), and a plan that would give tax breaks to middle-class and lower-income Americans, not be permanent, and actually stimulate the economy (the Democratic plan).

Are we going to allow this Congress and this president to further erode the tax base and perhaps bring on a full-fledged depression by using the drums of war?

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