You don’t have to be an economist to realize the Obama Administration’s budget numbers don’t add up and that he’s going to have raise taxes on more than just those earning more than $250,000.00 to pay for his agenda. With that in mind it’s not surprising that White House economist Larry Summers and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner essentially floated the idea of a middle class tax hike on last weekend’s political talk shows:
Few of President Obama’s 2008 campaign pledges were more definitive than his vow that anyone making less than $250,000 a year “will not see their taxes increase by a single dime” if he was elected. And he was right, very strictly speaking: It’s going to be many, many, many billions of dimes.
Asked about raising taxes on the middle class on Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” White House economist Larry Summers wouldn’t repeat Mr. Obama’s pre-election promise. “It is never a good idea to absolutely rule things out no matter what,” Mr. Summers said—except, apparently, when his boss is running for office. Meanwhile, on ABC’s “This Week,” Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner also slid around Mr. Obama’s vow and said, “We have to bring these deficits down very dramatically. And that’s going to require some very hard choices.”
These aren’t even nondenial denials. The Obama advisers are laying the groundwork for taxing the middle class while claiming the deficit made them do it.
The liberal establishment is even further along in finally admitting that Mr. Obama wasn’t, er, telling the truth. A piece in the New York Times over the weekend declared in a headline that “the Rich Can’t Pay for Everything, Analysts Say.” And it quoted Leonard Burman, a veteran of the Clinton Treasury who now runs the Brookings Tax Policy Center, as saying that “This idea that everything new that government provides ought to be paid for by the top 5%, that’s a basically unstable way of governing.” They’re right, but where were they during the campaign?
The Federal Government now borrows nearly 50 cents of every dollar it spends, that’s just not sustainable… The Obama Administration is going to have to radically scale back it’s agenda or raise taxes on broad swath of American tax payers. They’ve already floated the idea of a European style Value Added Tax and now they’re setting the table for a “the deficit made it necessary” defense of a middle class tax hike.
After all as the as Wall Street Journal concludes:
The undeniable reality is that you can’t run a European-style welfare-entitlement state without European-style levels of taxation on the middle class (and eventually without low European-style growth and high jobless rates). It’s looking more and more like Mr. Obama’s no-middle-class-tax pledge was one of the greatest confidence tricks in American political history.
- Obama’s Pledge to Tax Only the Rich Can’t Pay for Everything, Analysts Say – New York Times
- You can bet on it: Obama will raise your taxes – Washington Examiner
- 5 reasons why Obama will hike middle-class taxes – James Pethokoukis
- Video: Former CBO director says ObamaCare numbers don’t add up – Hot Air
- Income Tax Surtax Should Not Fund Government Health Care Expansion – Heritage Foundation
- Who Pays Income Taxes? See Who Pays What – National Tax Payers Union