Obama Hits Republicans for Lying About His Tax Cuts

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In a speech about the economy at Smith Electric Vehicles in Kansas City, MO, President Obama set out not only to highlight jobs being created in the green energy sector, but he also jabbed at Republicans for distorting his record on tax cuts. Obama said, “We immediately cut taxes, that’s right. You wouldn’t know it from listening to folks, but we cut taxes for working families…”

Even though he is labeled a socialist by his critics, Obama said that government doesn’t have all the answers, “And we made that kind of decision all across America last year. And we were guided by a simple idea: Government doesn’t have all the answers. Ultimately, government doesn’t create all the jobs. Government can’t guarantee growth by itself. But what government can do is lay the foundation for small businesses to expand and to thrive, for entrepreneurs to open up shop and test out new products, for workers to get the training that they need, and for families to achieve some measure of economic security. And that role is especially important in tough economic times.”

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He then took a shot at Republicans for distorting his record on tax cuts, “And that’s why, when my administration began, we immediately cut taxes — that’s right. You wouldn’t know it from listening to folks, but we cut taxes for working families and for small business owners all across America to help them weather the storm. Through our small business loans, and our focus on research and development, and our investment in high-tech, fast-growing sectors like clean energy, we’re helping to speed our recovery by harnessing the talent and the drive and the innovative spirit of the American people. So our goal has never been to create another government program, our goal has been to spur growth in the private sector.”

Later Obama criticized the GOP’s strategy of obstruction, “We’re not there yet. We’ve got a long way to go. But what is absolutely clear is we’re moving in the right direction. We are headed in the right direction. And that’s — the surest way out of this storm is to go forward, not to go backwards. There are some people who argue that we should abandon some of these efforts — some people who make the political calculation that it’s better to just say no to everything than to lend a hand to clean up the mess that we’ve been in.”

The President discussed the current recession but also expressed confidence that the nation would emerge stronger than before, “I mean, this has been a difficult time for America right now: two years of brutal recession, a decade of economic insecurity. And there are going to be some hard days ahead. That’s the truth. It’s going to take a while for us to dig ourselves out of this hole. But what you are proving here — each and every one of you who work here at Smith Electric — is the promise of a brighter future. What you’re proving is that if we hold fast to that spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation that’s always defined America, we’re not just going to emerge from this period of turmoil, we’re going to emerge stronger than we were before.”

A couple of the right wing’s favorite attack lines against Obama are that he is a socialist, and that he is going to raise taxes. On the tax cut front, Republicans have been able to bash Obama because the administration and Democrats have done a woeful job in pointing out that Obama has passed the biggest one year tax cut in history. Obama has cut taxes more than any Republican president. This fact is completely ignored by the right.

Obama speech demonstrated just how out of touch the rhetoric of the right is with reality. He discussed cutting taxes, government not being the answer, growing the private sector, and entrepreneurship. These are not the buzz words of a socialist. What is interesting about Obama’s recent outings, including this one today, is that he is getting more willing to take on his critics. He is leading the charge, and helping to set the agenda for his party. This is a trait that was often missing during his first year in office. Just as we were able to watch Obama grow as a candidate in 2008, we are now seeing Obama grow as a president. Obama always had the tools, but with each passing day he is getting more comfortable with the power of the presidency, and this is not good news for the GOP.

7 Replies to “Obama Hits Republicans for Lying About His Tax Cuts”

  1. you make an excellent point about the Democrats not tooting their own horn. I have a funny feeling that they are sitting on a fence wondering if supporting Obama in November is going to help them or hurt them. I think at this point if they are on the fence vote them out of office.I am quite frankly embarrassed by the Democrat Congress. If you watch them closely enough it appears that the Republicans have more power than the majority does. They need to stand up and start moving

    I notice we don’t hear anything of the tea party anymore in their complaints about being taxed to death.

    But I’m very happy that Obama standing up for himself and stepping forward. The one thing that will be said about him in time is that he did, and I emphasize did get handed a plate full of manure and walk through it like a man

  2. how long until we get The Rock Obama?

    i’m also glad that our President is starting to face his critics. hopefully, he’s finally had enough of the GOP’s distortion. i know i have.

  3. I would be very interested to hear Sarah Palin or any random “Tea Bagger” define the term ‘socialist’.

    Could someone do that? Please, some reporter of note…please walk into a tea-bagger protest and ask random people to define the term “socialist”.

    Here is the wikipedia definition of socialism:
    “Socialism is an economic and political theory based on public or common ownership and cooperative management of the means of production and allocation of resources.”

    Since so many of these “tea-baggers” are actually bible-thumping fundamentalists, I would also be interested to see how they explain the following scripture:

    Acts of the Apostles 4.32:
    Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common.

    Were the early Christians socialists ? (Gasp?)

  4. Great question. I only remember ONE reporter ever questioning the Tea Partiers about socialism. She worked for CNN, I believe. The Tea Baggers (as they called themselves at the time) made fools of themselves, and naturally the reporter was accused of being biased for revealing them as the willfully ignorant that they were.

    Anyone else remember a reporter actually questioning any Tea Partiers?

  5. Obama’s Re-Election Promise

    The promise of “a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage” can be traced to Hoover’s 1928 Presidential campaign.
    Well, Obama has twisted these words and is promising that if he is re-elected there will be “a chick in every car and some pot in every garage!” (LOL)
    Seriously, to see some forbidden views inside King Barack’s monarchy, Google “Obama Supports Public Depravity” and also Google “Obama…destined to become a black-slavery avenger.”

  6. The “tax and spend” mantra of the GOP about the Democratic Party is a phony meme that they have been pushing for years as part of their fear-mongering about Democrats in general and President Obama in particular.

    They are as phony as 3 dollar bills, and their own record of huge deficits (starting with Reagan) completely belies their self-image as a party of fiscal responsibility. For people who claim to be about small government and limited spending, they favor both whenever it suits their purposes. One example is wanting to cut domestic spending and increase military spending.

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