"The Tax Cuts I Fought For"

Via Daily Kos, the President of the United States said in his weekly radio address:

Now we’re seeing more optimistic economic forecasts for the year ahead, in part due to the package of tax cuts I signed last month. I fought for that package because, while we are recovering, we plainly still have a lot of work to do. The recession rocked the foundations of our economy, and left a lot of destruction and doubt in its wake.[. . .] Independent experts have concluded that, taken together, this package of tax cuts will significantly accelerate the pace of our economic recovery, spurring additional jobs and growth.

And that is our mission. That should be the focus, day in and day out, of our work in Washington in the coming months, as we wrestle with a challenging budget and long-term deficits. [. . .] The tax cuts and other progress we made in December were a much-needed departure from that pattern. Let’s build on that admirable example and do our part, here in Washington, so the doers, builders, and innovators in America can do their best in 2011 and beyond.

(Emphasis supplied.) Touting tax cuts and 'addressing the deficit' to spur the economy. Feels like 1981.

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    Tax rates actually went up (5.00 / 3) (#2)
    by TeresaInSnow2 on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 12:17:22 PM EST
    for those making $20,000 or less....because they've eliminated a tax credit they've given for the last 2 years.

    Those forecasts.... (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by Romberry on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 12:38:24 PM EST
    ...have nothing to do with those tax cuts. And as far as forecasts go, I don't know that I'd be counting on them to be right. These are forecasts from the same folks that didn't see a housing bubble, didn't see it popping, didn't see the issues with the banks, and didn't see a massive recession in the works. And there's still the issue of jobs.

    As far as Obama himself, he keeps telling us what he is. I wonder when his supporters who deny what he is telling us will begin to believe him?

    Obama's not as good at (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by oldpro on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 01:03:56 PM EST
    stealing the Republican's thunder as Bill Clinton was.  With Clinton it was strategic...with Obama, transparency in government - at last.


    I am throughly convinced he will fight just (5.00 / 3) (#7)
    by MO Blue on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 01:37:03 PM EST
    as hard to cut all domestic programs unless it is part of a faith based initiative. Want to see him in real fighting mode, just wait until he attacks those dastardly entitlement programs.  

    An empty (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by cal1942 on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 07:22:50 PM EST
    suit informed by elitist schmucks.

    Tax cuts? (none / 0) (#1)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 12:08:21 PM EST
    Tax rates merely stayed the same as last year.

    Dude, you have your new Reagan (5.00 / 4) (#3)
    by Dadler on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 12:20:24 PM EST
    Be happy.

    He enabled rates on the wealthy and privileged to remain immorally and destructively low, that's really more like it.

    Slap a bow tie on that moldy sandwich and you got yourself a five course meal.

    It's all in the sell.

    As in out.


    He fought (none / 0) (#6)
    by KeysDan on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 01:18:45 PM EST
    against those tax cuts (Republicans holding middle class tax curs hostage etc.) before he fought for them.  But to be fair, he is using the language "package of tax cuts" which includes a payroll tax holiday and, especially, the estate tax bonanza (higher threshold and lower rates) as a sweetner that even surprised the Republican hostage-takers.  The later gift helped to make it a package worthy of a fight.

    He's a complete (none / 0) (#8)
    by Warren Terrer on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 03:19:12 PM EST
    dud on the economy. Who are these 'independent' experts? They don't exist.

    It's annoying isn't it? (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 04:03:48 PM EST
    He always says "my experts" or "the experts" like he has no opinion of his own===oh wait...he does have no opinion or core beliefs of his own therefore all the talk about "the experts" say this or that.

    i got a call from dccc today for money (none / 0) (#11)
    by seabos84 on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 10:11:27 PM EST
    i felt bad reading the riot act to the poor 6 buck an hour smuck trying to keep his rent paid ... BUT

    until geithner& summers & daley are in jail with ALL of raygun-bush criminals, steny & co. can drop dead.

    the main talking points were that we had to set the table for 2012 and we lost cuz everybody quit after 2008.

    I told the guy that 0-bummer started losing people in nov. 2008 by SELLING OUT, and, sell outs ain't MY kind of democrats no more - I'm 51 and I'm done.