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McCain’s Tax Plan

Brendan Nyhan takes me to task for claiming that McCain would have cut taxes more than Obama for many middle-class households. He points to a much-cited report by the Tax Policy Center about the distributional effects of each campaign’s proposals. I’m not sure, though, that TPC counted McCain’s refundable health-care tax credit, which was pretty progressive, for the purpose of that computation. Based on the discussion in that section of the report, it sounds as though it didn’t. Also, as Rich Lowry pointed out, the New York Times gave many examples of middle-class families who would fare better under the McCain plan. Not all, by any means: Families with kids in college would often have done better under the Obama plan. But enough to make my claim neither untrue nor misleading.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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