Not One Dime But Many? President Obama Loses His Religion on the $250,000 Line of Demarcation
Remember this explicit statement that President Obama made almost a year ago?
if your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increased a single dime. I repeat: not one single dime.
– President Obama says he is now “agnostic” about raising taxes on households making under $250,000 a year to help cut budget deficits, signaling a possible retreat from a campaign pledge.
In an interview with Bloomberg BusinessWeek on newsstands tomorrow, Obama said a presidential budget commission needs to look at all options for deficit reduction – including tax increases and cuts in spending on such programs as Social Security and Medicare.
“The whole point of it is to make sure that all ideas are on the table,” Obama said. “So what I want to do is to be completely agnostic, in terms of solutions.”
(“Agnostic”? Is that a new euphemism for wavering on an iron clad promise?)
Let’s see, he wants to give us lots of stuff, like universal healthcare and stimulus money and bailouts and unemployment benefits. But then, he’s going to have to take more and more money from us to pay for all of this stuff. Wouldn’t it be more straight forward to just not give us stuff and then allow us to keep more of our money?
Howie Carr made a good point this afternoon: will the press pounce on President Obama the way they pounced on President George “Read my lips” Bush?
In the meantime, on the subject of dimes, one of Howie’s callers reminded him of this scene from “Blazing Saddles”. [Warning: language.] Indeed, it looks like some of us are going to have to “go back and get a s******d of dimes”.