Analyzing the Analysts

ANALYZING THE ANALYSTS….Mark Schmitt on the Treasury Department’s analysis of John Kerry’s tax plan:

  1. Treasury didn’t use the standard categories that would go into a distributional analysis, such as income quintiles or households with income in certain ranges. Instead, they used a category of their own devising: “Hardworking Individuals and Married Couples.”

  2. And what’s the definition of the new population category called “Hardworking Individuals and Married Couples”? To me, it brings to mind the guy who guts chickens for a living ten hours a day and his wife who works at Wal-Mart. But I must have too bleak a view. Apparently this category refers to people who earn more than $200,000 and get much of their income from dividends and capital gains. I don’t want to engage in class warfare, and I’m sure some of these people are very hardworking, but that just doesn’t seem like the appropriate term.

And in other news from our hardworking and nonpolitical Treasury Department, Mark reports that they’ve also taken to including the following boilerplate at the end of their press releases:

America has a choice: It can continue to grow the economy and create new jobs as the President’s policies are doing; or it can raise taxes on American families and small businesses, hurting economic recovery and future job creation.

Bad enough that they append this twaddle to all their announcements, but apparently they don’t realize that this new internet thingie makes it pretty easy to figure out where it came from. Demagogue traces its nonpolitical origins for us.

Apparently even political hacks are just a bunch of lazy, plagiarizing sods these days. Don’t they have any pride in their work?