Bachmann gets second negative PolitiFact review in two weeks

If Bachmann’s lie about the $200-million-a-day trip to India wasn’t enough BS for you, you’re in luck — she was at it again this week. The MSP City Pages picked up a PolitiFact rating made Nov. 17, about a claim she’s made on taxes.

George Stephanopoulos, on “Good Morning America,” asked her why it was okay for the wealthy to get tax breaks, but not okay to extend unemployment benefits. So instead, she equated plumbers with rich people; who wants to raise taxes on plumbers?

Here’s what she said:

“And people want to think that these are millionaires, sitting in leather chairs, lighting their cigars with $100 bills,” she said. “That’s not what we’re talking about. These are people who, who are carpet layers who maybe employ two or three other guys, or a plumber, maybe himself and his brother, and it’s $250,000 in gross sales for their business. They’re the ones that are looking at massive tax increases.”

PolitiFact found that, like Joe The Plumber, she’s not telling the truth.

It wasn’t true then, and it isn’t true now. Here’s why: Plumbers — or any other small business owner — get to deduct their business expenses, so they’d have to be bringing in more than $250,000 in gross sales.

She made the same claim in an interview with the Stillwater Gazette.

As it happens, we are familiar with this part of the tax code and confirm without even checking that businesses get to deduct their expenses. In fact, we suspect any tax professional in the United States would follow that up with “duh.” If you’re a plumber, you’d subtract from your gross income costs like your van, your tools, mileage driven, insurance, employee salaries, etc — down to the stamps you buy so you can send out invoices. The number you get after subtracting all of that stuff is your taxable income for the purposes of the self-employment tax. It’s all right there on Schedule C. (PDF)

Any small business owner who does his/her own taxes knows that. Bachmann likes to claim she runs a small business — her husband heals gay people with Jaysus and also they own a farm for which they collect government pork. So once again, we are left to ask this question: Is she that clueless, or does she just think we’re that clueless?

She made the $200 million a day claim repeatedly through the first two weeks of November, but it was rated “false” by PolitiFact on Nov. 4, which means the Nov. 17 “Pants on Fire” rating is the second in two weeks. Keep making Minnesota proud!


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