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Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 05/ 7/2010

It’s a credit, not a cut

By Washington Post editors

On a whim last month, I hitched a ride with a friend who was going to the Tea Party Tax Day protest in Freedom Plaza.

Journalistically, it wasn’t very profitable because it was exactly what I expected: white people in their 40’s and 50’s complaining about out-of-control government spending, with a few anti-abortion signs thrown in for good measure.

It was a pretty sedate rally, actually. The only drama seemed to be staged, as news cameras followed two guys engaged in a shouting match that ended after a few minutes in a congenial co-habitation of their corner of the plaza.

The pro-Obama guy held the largest sign of the whole rally, which read: “The other 95 percent say thanks for our tax cuts, Obama.” He told me all these Tea Partiers ignore the fact that most Americans (including 98 percent of Virginia residents) benefited this year from tax credits included in the stimulus bill.

Maybe they do. We know that most Americans think Obama raised their taxes this year, instead of lowering them. In a February CBS/New York Times poll, only 12 percent of respondents said they thought Obama had lowered taxes for most Americans. Twenty-four percent said they thought the president raised taxes, while 53 percent thought taxes remained the same.

But the message on the sign thanking Obama could have been more accurate, too.

[Continue reading Paige Cunningham's post from Old Dominion Watchdog here.]

Paige Winfield Cunningham is an investigative reporter and managing editor at Old Dominion Watchdog . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Washington Post editors  | May 7, 2010; 10:55 AM ET
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia, taxes  
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