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The NYT Gets It Wrong: Bill Clinton and Gene Sperling Did Not Create the Earned Income Tax Credit, Richard Nixon Did

Wednesday, 05 January 2011 22:07

The NYT ran a blognote providing background on Gene Sperling, who is likely to be selected as President Obama's new National Economic Advisor. At one point the post refers to Sperling's work in the Clinton administration and told readers that he is:

"particularly proud of the work he and colleagues did to create the Earned Income Tax Credit."

Actually the Earned Income Tax Credit was a Nixon administration policy that first took effect in January of 1975.

[Addendum: the NYT has now corrected the post. Also, the EITC law was actually signed by Ford after Nixon resigned.]

Comments (4)Add Comment
Another great catch
written by ShortStack, January 06, 2011 6:31
Keep doing what you do, especially with these blogs now adays there appears to be little editorial due diligence in confirmation of statements and declarations.

Thanks as usual.
written by bakho, January 06, 2011 6:57
To be fair the EITC was greatly expanded under Clinton. The EITC expansion was a necessary correction to the regressive increases in Payroll taxes under Reagan.

Under Clinton wages at least kept pace because of supplements like EITC childcare credit and education credits.
written by KS, January 06, 2011 8:03
Yes, Clinton et al expanded the EITC, and Sperling acknowledges that in the bloomberg column that Dean links to ("Under President Bill Clinton, a doubling of the EITC for 10 million workers with two or more children and the first-ever credit to 4.5 million impoverished workers without children passed as part of the 1993 deficit reduction act without a single Republican vote."). The beef here is with NYT's use of verb "create."
written by ComradeAnon, January 06, 2011 8:24
The NYT has corrected their first posting. Time to update yours.

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