Obama Skewers Senate Republicans for Blocking the Buffett Rule

After Senate Republicans blocked the Buffett Rule, President Obama took them to task and continued riding a wave of fairness towards reelection.

After only one Republicans voted with Democrats in favor of the Buffett Rule, President Obama said in a statement,

Tonight, Senate Republicans voted to block the Buffett Rule, choosing once again to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest few Americans at the expense of the middle class.

The Buffett Rule is common sense. At a time when we have significant deficits to close and serious investments to make to strengthen our economy, we simply cannot afford to keep spending money on tax cuts that the wealthiest Americans don’t need and didn’t ask for. But it’s also about basic fairness—it’s just plain wrong that millions of middle-class Americans pay a higher share of their income in taxes than some millionaires and billionaires. America prospers when we’re all in it together and everyone has the opportunity to succeed.

One of the fundamental challenges of our time is building an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules. And I will continue to push Congress to take steps to not only restore economic security for the middle class and those trying to reach the middle class, but also to create an economy that’s built to last.

The only Republican who voted with Democrats in favor of moving the bill forward was Susan Collins of Maine. All other Republicans, including those who are in close contests to keep their seats like Scott Brown, voted against increasing taxes on those who make over a million dollars per year.

How big of a political loser is the Republicans continued protection of the rich? According to a new CNN poll, 72% of those surveyed support the Buffett Rule. What should be frightening for Republicans is that the support for the Buffett Rule has increased by 12 points in the last three days. The more President Obama talks about fairness, the more support grows for his proposals.

Senate Republicans are almost making this too easy for President Obama. If they really wanted to improve Mitt Romney’s chances in November, they would pass the Buffett Rule. Instead, Republicans have decided to nominate a man who is walking billboard for why the nation needs the Buffett Rule, and highlight his deficiency by voting against the Buffett Rule. They have chosen a guy who was born on third and thinks he hit a triple to run against a president whose whole message is centered on fairness for every American.

The Senate vote not only hurts the Republican Party, but it also puts the spotlight back on the fact that the GOP has a nominee who has no clue how regular Americans live and the challenges they face. Obama has the upper hand in this election because he has the message. Fairness is the kind of simple common sense messaging that resonates well with voters and wins elections in November.

While Mitt Romney is still trying to explain where his 2011 tax return is, Barack Obama is marching towards reelection.

8 Replies to “Obama Skewers Senate Republicans for Blocking the Buffett Rule”

  1. I would have to agree that Obama is heading towards reelection. He has the women vote, he has at least 4/5 Latino votes, I think he has quite a bit of the independent vote and quite frankly it looks to me like the Republicans are trying not to win.

    Romney thinks but it’s a problem that he doesn’t have the Latino vote, I think he is in for a huge surprise. It’s a bigger problem than he thinks of this. The Republicans have purposely segregated the women, and the Latinos, and most certainly the black people seemingly on purpose thinking that they could restrict their voting. I hope Mr. Holder is busy as heck shutting these obvious bigotry laws down

    after finding out Romney is going to make deep cuts to education to pay for the rich tax cuts this country needs to be in revolt against him.

    This country cannot succeed with the current distribution of wealth. There will be no jobs and a tremendous poor class.

  2. The hard core GOP are in hock to Norquist AND the Dominionist Christian belief that the rich are The Elect so deserve all privileges and rights. They cannot vote for fairness since embedded inequality is their goal. Only those following Jesus or deferring to those who claim they do are deserving, and of those only the rich are fit to lead and prosper. Vast riches are the evidence of being The Chosen. They have dug themselves a massive hole from which they cannot get out. More and more people – even without knowing why the GOP has “crucified itself on the cross of gold”(Wm Jennings Bryant) – know this is wrong, wrong, wrong and highly detrmimental to the health of a democracy and of this nation.

  3. I don’t think the Repugnicans are worried about the November elections because I believe they’ll be screwing the voters at the polls by denying many the right to vote and arranging for a lot of Democratic votes to disappear. How they’ll do that I don’t know but I think you can bet that any underhanded, dishonest crap the Koch Bros. et al can arrange will be on the agenda. The dishonesty, greed and pure hatefulness of these people is almost beyond belief . . except that history is full of such, eh?

  4. I really think the GOP does NOT want to win the WH because then their ass would be on the line to fix the economy and create jobs – two things they just don’t have a clue about since they created that mess to begin with. Plus, their cushy jobs are on the line (and their pockets as well) with the rich who buy them and support their cvampaigns so they can continue to do exactly what the big Corporations TELL them to do – in the name of their greed, corruption, and outlandish profits.

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