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The Heritage Foundation has distributed one of those phony "surveys," the results of which are typically compiled and the given to news media and/or legislators.  The survey is replete with loaded questions using right wing terminology.  Typical of bogus surveys, the questions are slanted with the intent of driving a particular answer. The biased, political intent of the survey is made obvious even from the cover letter, which states:

* President Barack Obama and the liberals who control the U.S. Houseof Representatives have talked about erasing the historic tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003.  Cost to taxpagers: an average tax hike of $1,716 for 100 million Americans.   Do you think this large tax increase is a good idea?

* If President Obama and the liberals in Congress succeed in rolling back tax cuts, working families will once again face the Marriage Penalty.  According to Heritage estimates, this could punish 550,595 couples in [state].  Do you support higher taxes on working families?

*  Allowing these tax cuts to expire as they are currently set o do would bring back the Death Tax on grieving families, which is supported by President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and liberals in Congress.  According to recent estimates, this would increase taxes by $91 billion.  Do you support this tax increase?

Whoa, and we didn't even get to the survey yet!

Here is a sample question from the bogus survey:

Did you know that if President Obama and the liberals who now control Congress succeed in revoking the 1001/2003 tax cuts, 42 million families with children will see an average tax hike of $2,084?    _Yes  _No  __Not Sure/No Opinion

What is the appropriate way of bringing light to this bogus "survey" and to try to prevent the phony "data" resulting from it being used?

Originally posted to FactsNotFiction on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 02:46 PM PDT.

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