Skip to main content

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.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site