It’s not a game Mr. President. You flat-out promised no tax increases. Today during the opening ceremonies for the bi-partisan Debt Commission, President Obama, refused to rule out tax increases for families making less than $250,000. A VAT and other taxes are on the table.
Hat tip to John Kartch from Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). Here is what Obama said today, with my emphasis in bold.
It’s important that we not restrict the review or the recommendations that this commission comes up with in any way. Everything has to be on the table. And I just met briefly with the commission and said the same thing to them. Of course this means that all of you, our friends in the media, will ask me and others once a week, or once a day, about what we are willing to rule out or rule in when it comes to the recommendations of the commission. That’s an old Washington game…so I wanted to deliver this message today: we’re not playing that game. I’m not gonna say what’s in, I’m not gonna say what’s out.
The president thinks asking him about his campaign promises is rude and not productive. It’s a Washington game. Obama is perfectly fine playing the say-what-you-have-to-say-to-get-votes political game when it comes to making promises about tax increases, but Heaven forbid you bring up those promises and ask if they have expired yet.
A reminder from the campaign trail…
[Obama] My plan – all together – is a net tax cut. My plan will cut taxes to a smaller share of the economy than they were under President Reagan. Under my plan, income taxes for typical American families will be the lowest that they’ve been in more than a half century. Everyone in America – everyone – will pay lower taxes than they would under the rates Bill Clinton had in the 1990s. And under my plan, middle class families will get three times as much relief as Senator McCain is offering. In fact, his plan gives absolutely nothing to over 100 million American households.
And I can make a firm pledge: under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 will see their taxes increase – not your income taxes, not your payroll taxes, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.
But that’s not the only time the president has made a promise. ATR has been keeping track, and they have noticed the change in language from any of your taxes, to income taxes.
In his April 10 Weekly Radio Address, Obama said:
“And one thing we have not done is raise income taxes on families making less than $250,000. That’s another promise we’ve kept.”
In a speech on the evening of April 15, Obama repeated the truncated promise:
“And one thing we haven’t done is raise income taxes on families making less than $250,000 a year — another promise that we kept.”
The two recent statements stand in stark contrast to Obama’s original promise [above].
Last year, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the pledge “didn’t come with caveats.”
When the then-candidate made the pledge no taxes would be raised, some really thought he meant none of their taxes. What about property taxes, sales taxes, sewer use taxes, gas taxes, tolls, soda taxes and plastic bag taxes?
Even I will give him a pass on the none of your taxes pledge and assume he specifically meant federal taxes, but come on… Boy, do I see an even more complicated tax code in the future. What say you?