This is fun:
In 2005 and 2007, McCain was in favor of raising the cap on the Social Security payroll tax as part of a hypothetical compromise solution.
On a Feb., 23, 2005, edition of "Meet the Press," NBC's Tim Russert asked McCain if he would support "as part of the solution to Social Security's solvency problem, that you lift the cap so that you would pay payroll tax, Social Security tax, not just on the first $90,000 of your income, but perhaps even higher?"In 2008, once again, the maverick senator found it expedient to ditch that position and in a remarkable display of chutzpah, criticize Obama for the very same compromise that he supported for several years:
“As part of a compromise," said McCain, "I could, and other sacrifices, because we all know that it doesn't add up until we make some very serious and fundamental changes.”
"The Social Security tax cap, he wants to raise from $105,000 to I thinkLet's score this one: Flip-flopped to pander to the right wing base? Check. Hypocritical criticism of Obama? Check. But it seems incomplete without the McCain mendacity. Where's the lie? Ah, yes, here it is:
$200,000," McCain told Bloomberg News' Peter Cook. "Do you know how many
employers, small-business people that would mean a 12-percent increase in their
Social Security tax? I mean, this is just -- Senator Obama wants to
raise taxes," he continued. "I want to keep tax cuts in place. And I think
that it’s important that in a time of real crisis, economic crisis in America,
the last thing we want to do is raise people’s taxes now."
Obama and his advisers have said on multiple occasions that he would continue to exempt income between roughly $100,000 and around $200,000 from the Social Security tax while imposing it on income above $200,000.Deliberate mischaracterization of Obama's actual proposal? Check! A perfect score!