In his weekly address, President Obama said (emphasis mine):
Over the past couple weeks I’ve been talking with folks across the country about how we’re going to rebuild an economy where if you work hard, you and your family can get ahead.
And right now, there’s a big debate going on in Washington over two fundamentally different paths we can take as a country to do that.
Interestingly enough, Andrew Breitbart said the same thing at CPAC ’12:
There are two paths. There are two paths. One is America. And the other one is Occupy. One is America. The other one is Occupy.
Guess which one Obama wants?
Soon, we’ll face a choice between these two different approaches. On January 1st, taxes are set to go up for tens of millions of Americans. I think that would be a huge financial hit for middle-class families. That’s why I’ve cut middle-class taxes every year that I’ve been President — by $3,600 for the typical family. And that’s why, this week, I called on Congress to immediately stop the January 1st tax hike from hitting any American on the first $250,000 of their income.
Actually, Mr. President, Tax cuts are set to expire and return to their pre-cut levels. Calling it a tax increase isn’t exactly honest. But that’s par for Obama, a man who wouldn’t know truth if it punched him in the mouth:
Under my plan, 98% of American families won’t see their income taxes go up at all. But the other 2% of Americans will have to pay a little more in taxes on anything they make over $250,000. In other words, the wealthiest few Americans will go back to the income tax rates they were paying under Bill Clinton. And if you remember, that was when our economy created nearly 23 million new jobs, the biggest budget surplus in history, and millionaires were doing pretty well.
Seriously. And he said it with a straight face. The balls on this guy. Sure, Clinton had a surplus, this is simple fact. But Obama tries to associate himself and his tax policies with a surplus, when that is an absolutely bold faced lie. Here’s a graph of the budget surplus since 1980. Do YOU believe Obama’s expiration of tax cuts for the 2% over 250,000 will have ANY impact whatsoever on those numbers?
[Added:] It needs to be pointed out that if the President was serious about his proposal, he would discuss the anticipated results, the actual impact of his policy on the deficit numbers. If the President is being honest and his characterization of his policy implementation is accurate, it would be compelling to hear the “Obama Numbers” versus the “Tax Increase Numbers.” It would sell itself… and we critics would have to shut the hell up… if it’s true.
But it’s just another lie. We hear our President vilify those rich people earning over $250,000 not paying their fair share. We hear the President echo the Occupy Wall Street rhetoric about “the wealthy” versus “the rest of us” repeated incessantly. And it’s all diversion. It’s class division based on an appeal to envy and resentment, and a desire to punish those who have attained success while rewarding those who believe success is evil. And none of it has anything to do with the best interests of Americans or curing our economic ills; it’s all to bolster a voting bloc for Obama’s reelection. It’s the only thing that matters.
What could go wrong?