Just three sentences prior to bludgeoning Mitt Romney for "confusing voters about the tax and health-care issues," the Wall Street Journal asserts that "Three-quarters of those who will pay the mandate tax will make less than $120,000 a year, according to the Congressional Budget Office."
If you read that second passage quickly--as most newspaper readers read--what might your takeaway be? And with the CBO to back it up, no less? Probably that 75 percent of already burdened U.S. workers "will pay the mandate tax"; or, perhaps, and perhaps more likely, that everybody who makes less than $120,000 a year will pay the tax, and those everybodies are 75 percent of the total, mandated tax base.
Purely an oversight, I'm sure, that the Wall Street Journal's editorial board failed to unconfusingly write that "Three-quarters of the one percent or less of those who will pay the mandate tax...."
Think Saddam Hussein and 9/11, inseparable in Bush-Cheney's editorialism, yet separated by, oh, three sentences or so.