In the presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised he’d cut taxes for 95 percent of all Americans. And, so far at least, it looks like he’s coming close to meeting that goal. I think this sort of largess is a mistake given the nation’s long-run fiscal problems. But GOP claims that Obama is trying to raise taxes for many Americans are bogus.
TPC has just completed a major analysis of the tax provisions of the President’s 2010 budget. We found that, compared to current law, 91 percent of taxpayers would get a tax cut under the Obama plan. That is, they’d pay less tax than they would if the Bush tax cuts expired as scheduled in 2010 and the Alternative Minimum Tax is allowed to bite millions more taxpayers.