Camp's Confused Complaints

April 16, 2009 6:12 pm ET

Yesterday, Fox News and other right-wing lobbying groups orchestrated Tea Parties across the country in an effort to spread the message that the American people have been "Taxed Enough Already." But today, in a press release touting those very Tea Parties, Rep. Dave Camp suggested that millions of working people should pay higher taxes.

Tea Party Turnaround

April 15, 2009: Rep. Camp Endorsed Tea Parties, Complaining That Taxes Are Too High. On April 15, 2009, Rep. Camp sent the following message to Tea Party attendees: "Dear Tea Party: Regrettably, I am unable to attend your TEA Party.  However, I want to share with your group my thoughts on the tax, borrow, and spend path that President Obama and the Democrat-controlled Congress have led us down. The American people are already overburdened with taxes... There is a better way to stimulate the economy - it is by cutting taxes and allowing American families to keep more of their own money." [Office of Rep. Dave Camp, 4/15/09; emphasis added]

Just one day later...

April 16, 2009: Rep. Camp Endorsed Higher Taxes, Complaining That Taxes Are Too Low: On April 16, 2009, Rep. Camp issued a release titled "If You Liked April 15, 2009, Just Wait..." In the release, Rep. Camp complained: "Under President Obama's budget, in 2012, 49% of families in America will pay no income tax." [House Committee On Ways And Means, 4/16/09]

And Yet, Nearly 50% Of Americans Are Satisfied With Their Federal Tax Rate.  Rep. Camp seems confused about whether taxes are too high or too low. But the fact is, the American people are relatively comfortable with the amount of taxes they pay: "A new Gallup Poll finds 48% of Americans saying the amount of federal income taxes they pay is 'about right,' with 46% saying 'too high' -- one of the most positive assessments Gallup has measured since 1956. Typically, a majority of Americans say their taxes are too high, and relatively few say their taxes are too low." [Gallup, 4/13/09]