Monday, January 26, 2015

Ohio Governor Uses Made Up Lincoln Quote To Attack Obama's Free Community College Program

On Fox News Sunday, Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) had this to say about President Obama's proposal to raise the capital gains tax to pay for his free community college program:

"You can’t build a little guy up by tearing the big guy down. Abraham Lincoln said it then, and he’s right."

 Sounds like a nice quote. Except one problem: Lincoln didn't actually say that. As Politifact explains:

The true author is Rev. William J. H. Boetcker, a minister-turned-public speaker, born in 1873, eight years after Lincoln was killed. After he left the pulpit, Boetcker, a political conservative, negotiated labor relations.

In 1916, Boetcker published the list of "10 Cannots," a collection of personal truisms largely centered around the benefits of laissez-faire capitalism. The axioms have been mistakenly attributed to Lincoln for decades.

Oops.

But what's also hilarious about Kasich's supposed invocation of Lincoln is that he is one of the worst examples one could use when arguing against taxing the wealthy. After all, it was the very first Republican president himself who signed into law the U.S.' very first progressive income tax. Taxing the job creators at a higher rate is how the Party of Lincoln used to operate before it turned into the Party of Reagan. Lincoln did the very thing that Kasich thinks he would never have done.

That's a pretty big fail all around, governor.

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