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Obama Launches “$40” Payroll Tax Cut Campaign

President Obama is stepping up his PR war against House Republicans with a just-scheduled 12:15 pm ET appearance at the White House to tout a new campaign highlighting the tax break families will lose if the partial payroll tax holiday is not extended.

From the White House:

In the afternoon, the President will continue to urge House Republicans to do what’s right for the American people by allowing a vote on the short term bipartisan compromise passed by almost the entire Senate.  If Congress fails to extend the payroll tax cut, the typical family making $50,000 a year will have about $40 less to spend or save with each paycheck.

Obama will point people to a new section of the White House website where they can “share what a $40 paycheck means to them.” In addition, he’ll urge them to make use of a new Twitter hashtag, #40dollars.

The White House has also rounded up a group of citizens “who would see their taxes go up” to appear alongside Obama. Unclear if they’ll recite their assuredly heart-rending tales of prospective woe.

Obama has been demanding that House Republicans move a two-month payroll tax cut extension approved by the Senate.

Obama today will leave unsaid, of course, that everyone’s taxes will also go up if the Senate fails to return and act on the House-passed year-long payroll tax cut extension.

1030 Responses to Obama Launches “$40” Payroll Tax Cut Campaign

  1. Go to the WH website and you’ll notice they don’t show the comments being made. That’s understandable. Here’s mine:

    Barack,
    What it means to me is that you’re telling a $40 lie. When the tax was reduced, my take home pay increased by about $3. That’s $78 a year (not $1,000).

    So I wouldn’t notice it if I lost it. But if it’s going to be extended, then do it wisely and extend it for the whole year so employers can plan.

    By the way, my brother called me this morning wanting to borrow money because your economy has wrecked his business.

    You are welcome to highlight my story publicly.

  2. i like the way this article places the Boehner blame on the WH. are you on crack? am i the only one who saw an 89-10 passage in the Senate, a group not famous for agreement recently, and then Boehner steps up in his OFFICE to say he’s ready to get to work after he assigned a junior Congressman the responsibility of closing the House for Christmas, while Steny Hoyer and his MD pal gave speeches to each other…and this is the White House’s fault? it’s called John Boehner’s Fault…seems every time we get close to consensus, BAM! Boehner steps in the way, and sometimes cries in the process…and this is the White House’s fault?

  3. I am impressed. THE PRESIDENT, standing firm on a $40 tax cut. This after 2 years of wanting to raise my taxes. THE PRESIDENT GIVETH, THE PRESIDENT TAKETH AWAY. OUR LORD AND SAVIOR.

  4. Is there any reason why Obama is not cutting the INCOME TAX rather than the “payroll tax”? From what I understand, the “payroll tax” that he is cutting is really the deduction that is taken for Social Security. Which is, I assume, why it’s only for 2 months. Why not cut the income tax permanently! More importantly, is Obama trying to end Social Security like the Republicans want to “End” Medicare? (Lie of the Year?)

  5. February 17, 2012

    FEDERAL EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION DAY

    February 17, 2012 has been designated Federal Employee Appreciation Day, a day for Federal Employees to voice their disgust with their government. On February 17, 2012 Federal Employees are encouraged to take the day off to enjoy a four day weekend and send a message to Congress, the White House, and the American people to reflect on the underappreciated work of the Federal employee.

  6. Hey Everyone, instead of being mad about us taking money away from Social Security, instead lets get permanent tax cuts and bring home that money from the Income Tax Rates!

  7. Let’s see…

    Obama increases the national debt exponentially, whines about the Bush tax cuts for 3 years, and now reverses himself and posits a two month long $40 a check break and expects everyone to simply bend over.

    If Obama would only do to his disingenuous ‘eat right’ wife what he is doing to this country, we would have one HAPPY First Lady.

    FO Obama

  8. How is Social Security funded?”

    Did I hear, “With the payroll tax”?

    You mean President Obama and the Democrats want to defund Social Security?

    But I thought they were the ones looking out for the little guy.

  9. Supposedly people think they are going to use an extra $40 a month to go out to dinner, buy shoes and clothing etc…in reality that $40 a month is going to go straight to paying off mortgages and or help pay credit card bills that are grossly inflated by obscene interest rates banks charge. So that money is going back into the pockets of large financial institutions. Forget this payroll tax cut bill! Lets propose a bill to rectify what banks can charge in interest to their customers. That alone will save the average american citizen more money than any payroll tax cut bill can do.

  10. How this man continues to con the American people is a mystery to me.

    I remember Bill Maher saying that Americans are stupid. I thought he was an idiot for saying that, then I see people still supporting this President, it makes me wonder if Americans truely are stupid. I really hope not!

  11. Obama says an employee will have to pay about $1000 more a year in payroll tax if the current tax “holiday” is not renewed. According to the One that is $40 a week. Let’s do the math $1000 divided by 52 weeks is surprise $19.23 a week. I guess Obama can’t divide just like he can’t add. Obama thinks according to a video during the 08 campaign that there are 57 states.
    Additionally, the $19.23 is according to the Senate bill for 8 weeks or approx $160 not $1000.

  12. They are trying their best to make the republicans look like they want peoples taxes to go up, not true, what they want is a year of the extension. Obama knew they would not go for it, now he has a screen play to use, trot out some blue collar types he wouldnt normally talk to and pull the heart strings. If the republicans were smart they would do the same and say if my company isnt sure of the extension, I will lose my job. Obama is a joke, after three years of failures, our economy in the toilet and his using holiday workers and people stopping looking for work to say its going down, he now tries to paint the picture that the whole thing is republicans dont want to cut taxes, give me a freaking break, he got us here, his obamacare and bad choices keep us here, vote this butt wipe out. done, his ratings should NOT be going up.

  13. How are we arriving at the $40.00 figure? Why is noone bringing up that a worker making $40,000 a year would get to keep $15.00 a week, not $40.00! A worker earning $106,800(the maximum) keeps $41.00 a week. Why all the handwringing over these piddling sums and why are the POTUS and his cronies allowed to peddle these bogus figures?

  14. I pay $4.00 a gal. for oil to heat my home. 100 gals = $400.00 in one shot. A couple of years ago I was paying half that. Gas is up, electricity is up, my real estate taxes are up. What’s $40.00 going to do for me. It’s a joke. . .

  15. no way paul runs as a third party candidate. he knows that it would split the party and cause another term for this nightmare we have now. this is all a media fantasy they like to bring up during the frenzy of a election cycle like when perot jumped in. the center ight voters the independants know what will happen if he gets reeleected they are smart and not drones. romney will end up with the nomination and he will take well 50% of the center right dooming obama. who used that last time to get elected. there is a syaing that should be stamped in yur brain for next year. FOOL ME ONCE SHAME ON YOU, FOOL ME TWICE SHAME ON ME! that will put obama on lifetime vacation only this time its on his dime!

  16. $40.00 a month multiplied by the number of working people is taking a lot of money away from the SS trust fund. How is that going to be replaced as this fund has suffered multiple rapes by both parties? HOW??

  17. Wow! It must be nice to not have to worry about what that $40 won’t buy. For me it just shows the disconnect between the partisan rancor in Washington and reality. Obama seems to be on the side of reality on this issue.

  18. I thought all you douchebaggers were obsessed with getting rid of taxes?

    You jackasses are a sad joke, and most Americans recognize that.

  19. Let me offer what I might do with my $40 each month:
    I might partially fill my gas tank, as the cost of gasoline has increased those expenses by more than $4,500/year. I might pay a small portion of my substantially increased electric and gas bill, as his energy plan has “necessarily” made my energy costs skyrocket. I could use it to pay for the increased cost of my prescription drugs… or the increased premium and/or co-pays on my health insurance, which are due to Obamacare. I might use it to cover increased food purchase costs because of inflation. OR I COULD DONATE IT TO A GOP CANDIDATE TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT OBAMA IS A ONE TERMER! I think that would be my top choice!

  20. If you ask me, I would rather have the $2000 in tax cuts offered by the house extension than the $350 or so offered by the dems. I shake my head at the idiots on here actually defending the dems and Obama.

  21. Wow. He wants to give the middle class a piddly $40 per paycheck after he’s cleaned out the coffers to the tune of BILLIONS for his cronies – and then they conveniently go bankrupt.

  22. Hey Barry, how about you take your foot off the throat of American businesses so we can turn our economy around and these folks can actually EARN that $40 rather than have to stand out along side you like beggers with their hand out hoping for a little government cheese.

  23. Here is how the economy works: two thousand little tiny mice begin to run on a treadmill. The treadmill is then connected to an electric generator. The generator then has wires running to a battery, and from the battery the wires run to the back of a giant walrus. Walruses, for those not in the know, do not like the feeling of electricity on their thick, yet strangely sensitive, hides. The electric current thus sets the walrus on a rampage. However, the walrus is confined within a giant tube. The tube is at a downward slope and within a matter of seconds, the walrus is moving at breakneck speed. The tube also becomes thinner and thinner, with a texture similar to that of a pumice stone. The friction of the walrus’ thick hide on the increasingly more confined tube creates significant heat. This entire contraption is atop a sheet of ice. The ice, due to the heat, melts. The melted ice runs into a funnel, which directs the water towards a turbine. The turbine powers the economy — like a giant banana bean.

  24. I still can’t believe the Dems have chosen this horse to ride their hopes on. The Dem’s finally take a conservative position, agreeing to do something conservative for 2 months. The Republicans say, let’s make it a year, and the Dems scream, the Republicans hate you!! See!!! What a bunch of bass ackwards thinking. If $40 is good for 2 months, It’s better for a year.

  25. If 2 moths is good, a year is better. The Republicans passed a better 1 year extension. Why do demagogueacrats hate the middle class so much to block a 1 year extension?

  26. Is he serious? 40.00?
    Here’s a concept. Cancel your 4the million dollar Christmas vacation, work to pass a REAL TAX CUT and reduce ALL SPENDING!!!

  27. If this passes, I’ll use that extra $40 per paycheck to support anyone that opposes Owe-Bama. Seriously, how can anyone still support this guy?

  28. Let me get this right, a 2 month extension of payroll tax cuts from the Democrat Controlled Senate who HAS NOT PASSED A BUDGET IN 1000 + Days, While they continue to get paid by the TAXPAYERS. Hummm now who is not doing their job?
    Time for term limits amendment passed by all the states.

  29. This is what happens with big government. It gives a group of people something for free and then can never take it away. Just like every other special tax break or welfare program. If you let the social security tax return to normal (which is still not enough to pay for that entitlement) you are a hard hearted asshole who “doesn’t care about middle class Americans.” The progressives have already won, with the help of the marxist media.

  30. Has everyone forgotten that this money is supposed to go to the Social Security Trust Fund? I would propose they lower it from 4.2% to 0% and let us save for our own retirement.

    Of course we are way to stupid to have more of our own money. Obama, Reid and Pelosi all know much better then I how to spend the money I EARN.

  31. He doesnt take into count, what if the people just tell him to piss off, we wont pay it. We dont care what the house, or his senate do, F*CK em. I’ll take my $40 bux and buy more ammo. The House wants a longer extention, the senate are the ones playing games. Obama is such a douchebag.

  32. I don’t think the $40.00 is real…if it turns out to be even $8.00 per week (two Starbucks coffees) I don’t think it is worth risking my SOCIAL SECURITY benefit when I reach retirement age…..I can save the $8.00 per week by brewing my own coffee (I don’t need the gov’t playing with my future) and I’ll still have my SOCIAL SECURITY benefit when I plan to retire at age 68…..DO YOU AMERICANS KNOW WHERE SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK COMES FROM? IT COMES FROM THE PAYROLL TAXES WHICH OBAMA WANTS TO CUT…..SOCIAL SECURITY IS IN TROUBLE NOW BUT WE WANT IT EVEN MORE SO WITH THE CONTINUED PAYROLL TAX CUT….REMEMBER ILLEGALS GET PAID WITH CASH..THEY DO NOT CONTRIBUTE TO THE PAYROLL TAXES BUT OBAMA IS WORKING HARD TO MAKE THEM LEGAL SO THEY WILL COLLECT SOCIAL SECURITY TOO…..DO YOU WANT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS THERE WHEN YOU RETIRE?

  33. What’s 4 million mean to you for a vacation. I have the answer to the national debt…buy Obama for what he is worth…sell him for what he thinks he’s worth. You might just end up being the 4 richest person ever. Whad ya think?

  34. RE: $40 tax cut.
    Do the math!
    2% of $50,000 equals $1,000.
    Divide that by 52 weeks results in a $19.23 ‘tax cut’, not $40.
    Someone wake up Obama and the Dems!

  35. Let’s see Price of Pizza’s for the photo op:About $40.00
    Price of armed security task force and 3 or 4 Armor Plated SUV’s to follow you to the pizza shop: Couple Hundred thousand? Next get delivery.
    BTW I heard that the planned Hawian vacation cariies a price tag close to $4,000,000 Tax payer dollars. niiiice.

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