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Obama to Propose Even More Tax Cuts. GOP Still Not Happy.


By John Martin - Posted on 07 September 2011

We're still a day away from the unveiling of stimulus 2.0, and Obama's critics are already out there confusing their supporters. As usual, the President's proposal will again be chock full of tax cuts, but you'd never know that by listening to the Republican leadership.

"While I have no doubt the President will propose many things on Thursday that, when looked at individually, sound pretty good, or that he’ll call them all bipartisan," said Senator McConnell yesterday. "I’m equally certain that, taken as whole, they’ll represent more of the same failed approach that’s only made things worse over the past few years, and resulted in even fewer jobs than when he started."
 
I wonder if McConnell would lump the $858 billion extension of the Bush tax cuts in with the rest of the President's "failed approach." I'm guessing no.
 
Likewise, when Republicans criticize the President's 2009 stimulus bill, they never mention its $288 billion in tax breaks. It's easier to just pretend the President has never cut taxes, and thus avoid having to explain why the economy hasn't snaped back into action as it's supposed to after tax breaks are enacted.
 
When the President gets in front of Congress tomorrow night, and discusses how he wants to continue the payroll tax reduction for workers and expand it to employers, he better also use that opportunity to remind the American public of every other tax break he has signed into law. He needs to take his time detailing each one and then explain how Republicans are now resisting tax cuts for the first time in years, because these ones are targeted at the middle-class and those who employ them. Call it class warfare if you want, but people should be repeatedly reminded that Republicans are only in favor of tax cuts when they're skewed towards those who need them least.

 

Well, the tone in response from some Republicans was surprisingly open-minded and non-combative. I'm sure the reality is they will pretend they are compromising but ask the president to keep all the stuff they like and get rid of things they dislike to earn their vote, But really, there's not much in this bill that Republicans could dislike, except the fact that it could produce jobs and make Obama look good.

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) released the following statement in response to President Obama's jobs speech:

American families and small businesses are hurting, and they are looking for the White House and Congress to seek common ground and work together to help get our economy back on track. Republicans have laid out a blueprint for economic growth and job creation -- our Plan for America’s Job Creators -- that focuses on one thing: removing government barriers to private-sector job growth.

The proposals the President outlined tonight merit consideration. We hope he gives serious consideration to our ideas as well. It’s my hope that we can work together to end the uncertainty facing families and small businesses, and create a better environment for long-term economic growth and private-sector job creation.

I guess the plan is to deflate the coming onslaught of attacks by the President. I'm thinking that the Republicans will come out in favor of some of Obama's proposals, propose some of their own, then try to return the attacks if and when the President doesn't go along. They see that the President is going to try painting them as irrational and stubborn. What they're banking on is that the economy will still be in the pits come next November, and that will be all they need.

I so agree..The GOP is praying that the economy is still in a slump so they can take back the White House. President Obama's plan to paint the Republicans in a corner is working. I have faith that this ecomomy will begin to see some significant growth with the President's jobs Plan. The GOP will meet The President with opposition at every turn. But the curtain of " Republican Entitlement To Wealth Ideology", is being revealed.

John you hit the hammer on the head!!!  The far right cried out loud for the President to develop a plan for jobs creation but then they throw a curb ball by saying  "NOW we hope that the President will consider our plans" did they admit to accepting any of his ideas???!!! It is still this hogwash nonsense about whose ideas are better instead of admitting that the President has some good ideas and plans that will work!!    When addressing conflict resolution skills, isn't it appropriate to start out with the positives first and then work on areas of room for improvement??--- I am seeing this same stance of major resistance!!! NOT ONE REPUBLICAN was brave enough to admit several things or ideas in the President's Job creation plan  that they could agree on!!!  They defiantly refuse to see that this sitting President is the ONLY Demoncratic  President ever to agree to compromise with them!!

 

I hope President Obama takes a serious stand with the far right when it comes to this Job creations Bill. I know the Congress does not want to see him do good at all; they are banking on this plan to fail because they will gridlock this Bill all the way and blame the President for not compromising!!!

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