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Obama and the EITC

An Illinois friend in the know insists I was a little too hard earlier today on Obama’s claim that he “passed tax cuts for workers,” in reference to the 2000 earned income tax credit bill in Illinois (the second of the three items in this post). It’s true Obama was only a co-sponsor, he says, but he was an advocate for the program, had championed it well before that bill, and championed its renewal three years later. Obama certainly shouldn’t say he “passed” it (or even worse, as his website puts it, that “Obama created the Illinois Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income working families in 2000”), but I also shouldn’t say he had little to do with it.

I gladly defer to my friend’s superior knowledge of the circumstances.

Yuval Levin is the director of social, cultural, and constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute and the editor of National Affairs.

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