Taxpayer-Friendly Pretense

This BIGGIB refers to statements that are designed to make a policy proposal or a politician appear to be on the side of taxpayers - when they are working directly against taxpayers. It often involves promises of alleged "tax cuts" or "holding the line on taxes".

Example:

President Bush has made great fanfare of his "tax cut". But it was merely an early refund of overtaxes taken by the government.

If you look carefully at his "tax cut", you will notice that it increases the total amount the feds will take in taxes over the next 10 years. That's a tax increase! One reason for this is that it will increase the number of taxpayers who will be forced to pay the Alternative Minimum Tax from about 2 million to 20 million.