YG Action Fund: “Two Mikes”

An ad from YG Action Fund accuses Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC) of voting for “higher taxes on working people” and criticizes his support for the “failed stimulus.” However, the Recovery Act helped prevent an even worse economic crisis and actually cut taxes for the vast majority of working Americans. The ad also misleads on McIntyre’s role in passing the Affordable Care Act, which he opposed, by citing his vote for Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker.

“Failed Stimulus” Created Jobs, Boosted GDP, And Cut Taxes

Recovery Act “Succeeded In…Protecting The Economy During The Worst Of The Recession.” From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: “A new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report estimates that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) increased the number of people employed by between 200,000 and 1.5 million jobs in March. In other words, between 200,000 and 1.5 million people employed in March owed their jobs to the Recovery Act. […] ARRA succeeded in its primary goal of protecting the economy during the worst of the recession. The CBO report finds that ARRA’s impact on jobs peaked in the third quarter of 2010, when up to 3.6 million people owed their jobs to the Recovery Act. Since then, the Act’s job impact has gradually declined as the economy recovers and certain provisions expire.” [CBPP.org, 5/29/12]

At Its Peak, Recovery Act Was Responsible For Up To 3.6 Million Jobs. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office:

CBO estimates that ARRAs [sic] policies had the following effects in the third quarter of calendar year 2010:

  • They raised real (inflation-adjusted) gross domestic product by between 1.4 percent and 4.1 percent,
  • Lowered the unemployment rate by between 0.8 percentage points and 2.0 percentage points,
  • Increased the number of people employed by between 1.4 million and 3.6 million, and
  • Increased the number of full-time-equivalent (FTE) jobs by 2.0 million to 5.2 million compared with what would have occurred otherwise. (Increases in FTE jobs include shifts from part-time to full-time work or overtime and are thus generally larger than increases in the number of employed workers). [CBO.gov, 11/24/10]

Recovery Act Included $288 Billion In Tax Cuts. From PolitiFact: “Nearly a third of the cost of the stimulus, $288 billion, comes via tax breaks to individuals and businesses. The tax cuts include a refundable credit of up to $400 per individual and $800 for married couples; a temporary increase of the earned income tax credit for disadvantaged families; and an extension of a program that allows businesses to recover the costs of capital expenditures faster than usual. The tax cuts aren’t so much spending as money the government won’t get — so it can stay in the economy.” [PolitiFact.com, 2/17/10]

Recovery Act Cut Taxes For Up To “95 Percent Of Working Families.” According to FactCheck.org: “The ‘Making Work Pay’ tax credit was part of the stimulus bill he signed shortly after taking office. That credit was worth a maximum of $400 per person, or $800 for couples during those years. It phased out at higher income levels, and so its benefit went entirely to individuals making less than $95,000 a year, or couples making less than $190,000. The White House figures it went to ‘95 percent of working families.’ And even allowing for those who are retired or unemployed, it benefited more than 75 percent of all individuals and families, working or not, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.” [FactCheck.org, 5/17/12

Rep. McIntyre Supports Extension Of Tax Cuts

McIntyre Voted For Extension Of Tax Cuts. On August 1, 2012, the House of Representatives passed a bill to extend all of the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts. McIntyre voted “aye.” [H.R. 8, Vote #545, 81/12]

YG Action Misleads On McIntyre’s “Obamacare” Position

According to the ad, “McIntyre voted for Nancy Pelosi for House Speaker four times. That’s how we got Obamacare.”

McIntyre Did Not Support The Affordable Care Act. Rep. McIntyre voted “no” on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. [H.R. 3950, Vote # 165, 3/21/10]

[NARRATOR:] Meet Congressman Mike McIntyre – both of them. North Carolina Mike talks like a conservative. But Washington Mike consistently votes for higher taxes on working people. He needs your money to pay for the wasteful programs he votes for, like the failed stimulus. No wonder he’d be Barack Obama’s choice. McIntyre voted for Nancy Pelosi for House Speaker four times. That’s how we got Obamacare. Washington Mike is wrong for North Carolina. Time for a change. [YG Action Fund via YouTube.com, 9/6/12]