Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Is it a lie to say a tax is not a tax?

OBAMA: No, but... but, George, you... you can't just make up that language and decide that that's called a tax increase.

STEPHANOPOULOSI... I don't think I'm making it up. Merriam Webster's Dictionary: Tax..."a charge, usually of money, imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes."

OBAMAGeorge, the fact that you looked up Merriam's Dictionary, the... definition of tax increase, indicates to me that you're stretching a little bit right now. Otherwise, you wouldn't have gone to the... dictionary to check on the definition. I mean what...

Follow-Up Not Asked: OK, Mr. President, since you do not agree with the definition provided by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, what exactly is your definition of the word "tax"?


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