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Peter appears on Tenac Forum with Democrat Brooke Pinto and so called independent rivals

Oct 15, 2020

On Tuesday night I appeared on a Zoom candidates forum with Democrat Brooke Pinto and the two "independent" candidates in the Ward 2 race hosted by Tenac DC. Check it out here:

https://www.facebook.com/TENACDC/videos/281171032998961 

Just an aside: Pinto completely misrepresented what I said about increases on taxes and in the process revealed her profound ignorance about how the tax system works. I said that I support raising income taxes on incomes above $300,000. She responded that some of her constituents with a household income of $250,000 are themselves rent-burdened. Leaving aside that I said $300,000, not $250,000, even if I had said $250,000 her criticism would not apply. Because raising taxes on incomes above $250,000 would not lead to increase taxes on someone on a $250,000 household income since that amount would, by definition, be below the $250,000 threshold. So Pinto is either very ignorant or else engaging in wilful misrepresentation. I don't know which would be worse but either way, this is a typical tactic of the political right, which as a member of the Democratic Party establishment she is certainly a part of.