Obama Will Not Compromise On Bush tax cuts
November 12, 2010
He is Obama. The topic is extending Bush tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans.
The questions are out there, so where does Obama stand and where are we headed?
According to The Huffington Post yesterday Obama senior advisor David Axelrod was leaving the door wide open to the suggestion that President Obama was leaning toward or open to the idea of extending the Bush tax cuts the Republican’s so desperately want to leave alone. Fearing that Obama was weakening to the Republican’s already, Democrats and Progressive activists were clamoring yesterday for support to pressure the President to not give into the Republican demand and their continued threat to take away the tax cuts 95% of us just received.
An on-line petition from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee was posted all over the Internet yesterday and was widely circulated on Facebook asking people to tell Obama to fight the Republican’s. As of this writing more than 95,000 people have signed the petition to ask the President to not cave into the Republican demands.
A front page story at CNN.com this morning adds more intrigue to the story as President Obama made clear after the G20 summit that he is NOT inclined to cave on tax cuts and his position has not changed. And to clear up where he stands and to make sure that everyone understands that he is in control of his message, and not Axelrod, the CNN story quoted Obama as saying, “Here’s the right interpretation — I want to make sure that taxes don’t go up for middle class families starting on January 1st,”. He went on to add, “That is my number one priority for those families and for our economy. I also believe that it would be fiscally irresponsible for us to permanently extend the high income tax cuts. I think that would be a mistake, particularly when we’ve got our Republican friends saying that their number 1 priority is making sure that we are dealing with our debt and our deficit.”
The last sentence of that statement says everything I wanted to hear, because if Republican’s were sincerely interested in decreasing the deficit then they also understand that the tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans must end as scheduled and to threaten to end the tax cuts to the middle class is not only anti American it’s not very Christian as well, now is it?
As we move forward domestically, it is becoming quite clear that President Obama will not allow the Republican leadership to hijack not only the message but the issue as well. It is also clear that the key to reelection in 2012 will be about the economy and jobs and if Republican’s don’t show some real effort to move the economy forward or they attempt to force issues that will further delay a rebound in jobs and the economy the American people will not be forgiving.
We have seen ten months of continued job growth. We have seen five consecutive quarters of economic growth, and while we can all agree that change is not coming as fast as we would like and need, but there is growth and we must protect and find a way to further accelerate this growth.
What President Obama set forth today is clear to me. He will not allow the GOP to dismantle what work he has done to this point and will not allow tax cuts to the vast majority of Americans to become a political football. He also has to separate the issue of jobs and tax cuts. By not allowing the Republican leadership to craft the message and to make sure that his word are his words; what President Obama did this morning is a big step forward for the entire country.
Although words don’t solve our problems, they do define leadership on issues and as of this morning there is clarity. President Obama decides how he negotiates and if the Republican’s want a fight, he is more than willing to oblige.
Go get em’.
Tony Trupiano is a former national syndicated progressive radio talk show host, author, and a former candidate for Congress. He is also a nationally recognized media trainer. He can be reached at email@example.com and can read his Blog at www.mediatraining.me.