The Death Tax

The ad against Senator John McCain claims that McCain wanted to keep the death tax which could tax you of your estate after you die. The ad says that when you die the IRS can tax you up to 55% of you estate. What is failed to be mentioned in this

statement is that if you have fewer than two millions dollars in estate you are exempt from this tax. Even though that exemption exists the ad fails to mention this and implies that the tax could be placed on anyone. The ad gives you the deception that you pay taxes your whole life and when you die your kids can be charged for your estates.

This ad that is not politically correct states some truth but in a falsified view. McCain does not want the death tax in its current form. McCain wanted a reform of the death tax that would leave room for more exemption, as where the ad makes it seem McCain wants to charge everyone who dies 55% on their estate. The truth to this death tax is that in reality it only affects 1% of the total population. McCain wanted to raise the 2 million dollar exemption to 5 million and repeal it altogether in 2010 and in 2011 introduced the reformed death tax. McCain does not want to completely rid of the death tax because by 2022 the U.S. would lose over 740 billion dollars.

This ad is misleading in the since that it makes you think that McCain wanted to keep the death tax on anyone who died up to 55% when really it involves less than 1% of the entire population. The ad sways your opinion because the ad is biased against McCain. The ad makes the truth look completely horrible while in reality it is for the benefit of most. This misconception is done by taking the truth and picking key words and using them out of context and making something that has good intentions look ridiculous.

This exercise is useful because it makes you realize how distorted the truth can become just by rearranging words. This exercise will make you realize how important it is to analyze information before just accepting it because it can be biased towards one group or another. The “Don’t Be Fooled” suggestions can be useful to us in the 2008 elections by making us understand that not everything we see or hear is true. A lot of information about government candidates can be easily biased by rearranging words. If you believe everything you hear then is can distort your vote and maybe even mislead you into what you thought was what you agreed with but in reality is what you are politically against.