Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Pryce Ad: Number Manipulation

In a letter to the editor in today's Columbus Dispatch, an ad by Republican Deborah Pryce (OH-15) is questioned for its accuracy. Here is that letter:

The review of U.S. Rep. Deborah Pryce’s new TV ad fails to note one of its most deceptive statements ("Campaign Ad Watch," Thursday). Pryce claims that the Bush tax cuts she supported "saved the average person $1,716." That number is thoroughly misleading.

More than 80 percent of taxpayers received a smaller tax cut than the number the Upper Arlington Republican cites; her "average" is inflated by the massive tax cuts that went to the wealthiest 1 percent. For the vast majority of families, any tax cuts received were more than offset by increases in the cost of health care, tuition and gas – all caused in part by failed policies Pryce has supported. Plus, the Bush-Pryce policies have driven up the national debt, saddling the next generation with the interest payments.

Pryce’s fuzzy math can’t hide the truth. If only those who received a tax cut of $1,716 or more vote for Pryce, Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy will be elected to Congress in a landslide.

If you don't live in Pryce's 15th district, you may not understand the implications of letters like this that are critical of Pryce. Let me explain: The citizens of Ohio's 15th congressional district are very angry about the Republicans, the war, the Republican political corruption, and the poor economic conditions in Ohio. In the past, there would not be letters like this critical of Pryce published in such great numbers.