Having spent $1 trillion on health care reform, Democratic leaders have checked the books and discovered to their dismay that THE UNITED STATES IN RUNNING UNBELIEVABLE DEFICITS.
Sorry, let me get a hold of myself. It’s just that they’ve taken the big overindulgence at dinner that existed under GOP rule and turned it into an endless engorgement at a sumptuous buffet on the Titanic.
Wait, of course, I remember now, the health bill was all “paid for” with $1 trillion in tax increases and spending cuts . . . THAT WE NOW CAN’T USE TO CUT THE DEFICIT.
Alright, I’m okay, just give me a minute.
So it looks like Congress is going to have to dig a little deeper into your pockets, with Democratic leaders talking about middle class tax increases and suggesting Obama may need to break his pledge not to raise taxes for anyone making less than $250,000 per year.
Well, the White House has been working on an opening for doing just that.
Here’s a pretty cocky sounding candidate Barack Obama making it as clear as humanly possible that he’s not raising any kind of taxes on those making less than $250,000 per year.
Now below in his weekly Message to America, broadcast just this past April 10, the now President Obama restates his promise.
As you can hear . . . wait a second. Roll that again. No go ahead, roll it. Did he just say “income” taxes?? Excuse me, but there THERE WASN’T ANY TALK BEFORE OF LIMITING THIS TO INCOME TAXES. Excuse me, I’m getting excited again.
Here’s Obama speaking a few days later – on April 15 as a matter of fact – to the DNC:
One thing we haven’t done is raise income taxes on families making less than $250,000 a year – another promise that we kept.
Well, with all due respect, Mr. President, that wasn’t the promise at all. I thought we were “absolutely clear?”
For those of you who are hearing impaired – and Obama apparently assumed this included most of you – here is what he said in the first video as a candidate:
Let me be absolutely clear. If you are a family making less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes go up. Not your capital gains tax, not your payroll tax, not your income tax – no taxes. Your taxes will not go up.
So for those of you making $250,000 or less, get ready for the new “absolute clarity:” It’s only your income taxes that are off the table. Until, you know, they’re on the table.