Obama says that taxpayers should be saying thank you … huh ?

Obama mocked Tea Partiers, saying that they should be thanking him. 

President Barack Obama struck a hyperpartisan note Thursday, telling Democrats that he was “amused” by the Tax Day Tea Party rallies. 

Obama, addressing a Democratic National Committee (DNC) fundraiser in Miami, did little to endear himself to the Tea Party groups protesting around the country, saying:

 “”I’ve been a little amused over the past couple of days where people have been having these rallies about taxes …they should be saying thank you”  because of the tax cuts he has signed into law. 

‘You Would Think They’d Be Saying Thank You’, April 16, 2010

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Oh really ?  

His rationale: he cut taxes for 95% of Americans. 

Give me a break, please. 

First, the tax break he was selectively talking about was a whopping dollar-a-day refundable tax credit that was part of the Stimulus package. 

Second, most of it went to the people who don’t pay income taxes anyway.  Those folks are already saying thank you … when they’re not saying “gimme, gimme, gimme” 

Third, the dollar-a-day program is more than offset by $670 Billion in enacted tax increases, about 1/2 of which hits folks reporting less than $200,000 in income … that works out to about $2,100 per citizen, and $4,200 per taxpayer collected by 16,000 additional IRS agents. 

According to a Ways and Means Committee staff analysis:

“The list of $670 billion in tax increases includes at least 14 violations of the President’s pledge not to raise taxes on Americans earning less than $200,000 for singles and $250,000 for married couples.”

This specific group of tax hikes totals $316 billion over 10 years.


As RealClearPolitics opined:

President Obama just can’t help himself from playing the Comic-in-Chief and ridiculing his opponents.

It’s good for a laugh from the partisan crowd, sure, but it often comes across to average folks (and, of course, to the opposition) as petty and/or unpresidential.

That’s not … what the public might expect from a President who promised to rise above petty partisan politics.


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