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Melissa Harris-Perry: GOP distorts facts to attack the poor

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, September 1, 2011 22:48 EDT
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Melissa Harris-Perry, an MSNBC contributor and professor of political science at Tulane University, on Thursday night talked about how Republicans had distorted facts about taxes and their opposition to extending the payroll tax cut.

“The basic economic facts here are being misrepresented by the GOP… at this point they’re literally misrepresenting what our economic situation is. They’re misrepresenting who pays taxes and who doesn’t.”

She noted that the payroll tax is capped at about $105,000 annually — meaning some people don’t have to pay it every month after a certain point.

“We could take care of seniors for decades to come, make Social Security solvent for our young people, if we simply taxed everyone’s earnings the entire 12 months… but instead of making that choice, which is not class warfare, it’s just basic fairness… instead what the GOP has decided to do is claim that a little bit of relief for the most marginal, the most vulnerable, the most poor” is not acceptable.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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