Raising Taxes is Not Raising Taxes If It is On the Middle Class

Note in the four paragraphs quoted below from President Obama’s press conference announcing his goal to insure the payroll tax holiday on the middle class and poor is not allowed to expire.

The fourth, purportedly originally part of the NYTimes article online, is no longer there. But I tracked it down still living on the web at the second link, quoted as supplied by the NYTimes.

Was the language just to clear and impeached the GOP so badly that the NYTimes editors scrubbed it?

After all, remember, Grover Norquist, supreme leader of the GOP, visited Congress last week and explained that letting the tax cuts on the 99% was OK, they were not the same as the tax cuts for the 1%, which must never be allowed to expire.

Senate Democrats said Monday that they would try for the fifth time in two months to raise taxes on top earners to pay for legislation that would reduce Social Security payroll taxes, as President Obama sought to keep Congressional Republicans on the defensive, asserting that their intransigence could cause a tax increase for tens of millions of American workers.

Mr. Obama tried to emphasize the political advantage at a White House news conference, saying a typical family would see a tax increase of about $1,000 next year in the absence of action by Congress.

“When the Republicans took over the House at the beginning of this year, they explicitly changed the rules to say that tax cuts don’t have to be paid for,” Mr. Obama said, striking a consciously puzzled tone. “So forgive me a little bit of confusion when I hear folks insisting on tax cuts being paid for.”

Democrats Say They Will Try Again on Payroll Tax

“Now I know many Republicans have sworn an oath never to raise taxes for as long as they live,” the president said in remarks to assembled reporters in the White House briefing room. “How can it be the only time there’s a catch is when it comes to raising taxes on middle class families?”

Obama seeks to keep GOP on defensive over payroll tax cut


Author: Ron