Obama Will Not Compromise On Bush tax cuts

November 12, 2010

(ChattahBox Op/Ed) – Is he or isn’t he?  Will he or won’t he?  Can he or can’t he?

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 tony@mediatony.com and can read his Blog at www.mediatraining.me.


One Response to “Obama Will Not Compromise On Bush tax cuts”

  1. John55 on November 18th, 2010 5:18 pm

    Problem is supply and demand
    Jobs are not being produced fast enough to climb out of the current situation we are in.
    If the TARP fund had not been created where would we be?
    Depending on who you talk to..specifically speaking the “Tea Party” we would be in a better place..I guess when you start at the bottom there is no other place to go but up.
    Now as I watch C-Span I see that Democrats in the House have tried to introduce legislation extending additional teirs of un-employment..and has decided to bring the bill up during regular procedures..which means in effect it wil die on the House floor.
    There goes another 4 million that will lose their benefits at the end of the month.
    The comming fight..
    First of all..you have to believe that either party cares…and they don’t.
    It just seem strange to me that when corporate America gets their taili in a crack Cangress can’t move fast enough to help them.

    Case in Point..
    The fires were not even out at “ground zero” and the Airlines were POUNDING on the White House doors seeking immunity…and they got it…at a blistering pace.
    AIG, Bank of America, GM, Chrysler, Ally Fanny and Freddie…
    When they needed their money the ink was not even dry on the check before they got it.
    The American People.
    You need us to work quicker?? Well we have to send it to committee, analize it, run it through the “spin cycle” and then we’ll get back to ya.
    At the end of the day, the 2 per-centers will get their tax break, the un-employed will not get the extension, and we will march on as President Obama moves toward the middle.
    He’ll give up the fight…or nothing will get done for the next 2 years.

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