Obama Screwed You – Wait, No He Didn’t
All the rage, all the buzz, is how Obama screwed us all and no one, and I mean no one, likes him anymore! Hey, Obama, you suck! Give us the permanent tax cuts or else, and do not give them to anyone else. We mean it! Cut to the quiet clarification in the afternoon that all of the hysteria was for naught. No need to kill ourselves yet. Oh, is it too late? Gee, sorry. It was for a good cause; the “Republican come back” and also too some extra clicks.
At 4:31 this afternoon, the National Journal is reporting:
“Michael Steel, spokesman for the putative next House speaker, John Boehner, didn’t miss the chance to take a shot at the White House: He sent out an e-mail celebrating that Axelrod was finally seeing things the Right way.
But in comments to National Journal later in the morning, Axelrod clarified his statement and said the White House is not caving in.
“We’re willing to discuss how we move forward,” Axelrod said in an e-mail to National Journal, “but we believe that it’s imperative to extend the tax cuts for the middle class, and don’t believe we can afford a permanent extension of tax cuts for the wealthy.” It’s a notion that the president raised as far back as his interview with National Journal in October.”
The article further explains, however, “If you polled all American economists and gave the median thinker plenipotentiary powers, he or she would likely say its best to leave tax rates where they are for the next year or two and then raise them.”
So the National Journal is setting the stage for a possible two year extension given that economists apparently suggest this. However, neither the National Journal, the Huffington Post nor John Boehner are your President. In other words, they are all guessing what he’s going to do, and jacking you up righteously in the mean time.
And Washington Post explains, “The question remains, though, whether the White House will hold fast to Obama’s demand last week that the extension of the tax cuts for the middle class remain permanent while extending the high end ones temporarily. The main sticking point is that Republicans won’t allow the two categories to be extended for different durations, because that would force them to push for just an extension of the cuts for the rich later.”
And by the way everyone – the Deficit Commission making all of these recommendations has NO power. They are only recommending things. This won’t be finalized until December. Even if the tax cuts for the rich stay in place to appease the economic recovery, they will only be extended for two years. Yes, I know this hurts us all to see that rich people will not be suffering, but you might feel better once you remember that rich people rarely pay taxes at all, so their “rate” is rather irrelevant. Now, if we were talking about changing tax dodges for corporations, that would be another story.
As for Republicans nattering on about tax cuts and permanency, first of all, there are NO permanent tax cuts and second of all, when did the Republicans last tell you the truth? They are the ones who jumped on this and claimed Obama was “coming around”. Now why would anyone believe John Boehner over President Obama? Hello????
I marvel at the American public who still hasn’t learned to double-check what they read and are still so eager to fall out of love with their own President that they jump on any excuse, regardless of how flimsy it is and how little they know about the issue, to express their superiority and disgust. Oh, and to make matters worse, the talking point of outrage usually begins with a nugget from a Republican whose agenda it is to get you all riled up.
My, my people. I thought we all knew better than to listen to Republicans by now.
Comfort yourselves with this: If Obama does screw you, you will know about it from a verified source and you won’t be wasting all of this energy hyperventilating over something that isn’t even real courtesy of the weeping elephant you’ve invited into your mind for permanent residence. Please stop smoking the GOPPER crack and stop reacting to every half-baked piece of “news” designed to enrage you.
Do you really care what happens with the Bush tax cuts? Or is this about not letting the Republicans think they control things, because it looks to me like they control the liberal Democrats just fine without any help from President Obama, since ya’ll can’t stop sucking on the stale ends of their sound bites.
Hey, they found WMD in Iraq, too.
Reject the liars. If you are going to get screwed (and I don’t see where letting the rich continue to not pay taxes screws anyone but the federal deficit and hence the Republicans) you will know it soon enough, but wouldn’t you rather hear it from a trusted source than a trickle down Republican talking point? Man up, my hearty liberals. This fight has just begun and this is no way to start it.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
Sarah hosts Politicus News and co-hosts Politicus Radio. Her analysis has been featured on several national radio, television news programs and talk shows, and print outlets including Stateside with David Shuster, as well as The Washington Post, The Atlantic Wire, CNN, MSNBC, The Week, The Hollywood Reporter, and more.
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