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Middle Class Tax Cuts

Obama's Tax Cut Deal May A 'Back-Door Stimulus Plan'

nytimes.com | DAVID LEONHARDT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Mr. Obama effectively traded tax cuts for the affluent, which Republicans were demanding, for a second stimulus bill that seemed improbable a few week...

House Leader: Democrats Will Force Vote On Just Middle Class Tax Cuts

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Steny Hoyer, the number two in the House Dem leadership, told Democrats at a caucus meeting this morning that they would get to vote this year on just...

Republican Split Over Tax Deal Means Democratic Opportunity

The New York Times | SIMON JOHNSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

On one hand, there are those like Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee, who are in favor of the tax deal currently on the table. This seems to be where mos...

The Tax Cut Deal: Remember Give and Take?

Melanie Billings-Yun | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Melanie Billings-Yun

"Did Obama blink on tax cuts?" asked the headline in The Washington Post. More than in the answers, I am intrigued by the question. Is governance real...

Any Payroll Tax Cut Should Be Designed Not to Hurt Lower-Income Workers

Andrew Fieldhouse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Andrew Fieldhouse

While the payroll tax cut comes at a much higher price tag and would thus have a greater net impact on job creation, the cut would actually lower disposable income for all tax filers earning less than $20,000 a year.

The Daily Szep -- The Rich

Paul Szep | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Paul Szep

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URGENT: Last Chance to Get a Better Tax Cut Deal

Rep. Jay Inslee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jay Inslee

This is our best chance to get a better deal for the middle class, the economy, and clean energy since President Obama made this "compromise" with the Republicans -- and we need to jump on it right now.

Obama's 'North Star' Not Enough by Itself

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

What lurks behind Obama's North Star rhetoric is his apparent conviction that only economic improvement, not political battles, are important for gaining back political ground for the Democratic Party.

Watch the Outfielders in Baseball, Watch the Corporate Lobbyists on Taxes

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Whereas politicians have a vested interest in making themselves look good, lobbyists jealously represent Big Money, without regard for partisanship or electoral maneuvering.

Obama's "Tax Holiday": A Poison Pill for Social Security

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

You know what they always say: Pay now or pay later. Middle-class Americans may pay very dearly for the president's tax deal, and at the stage of life when they can least afford it.

Lucia Graves

Hoyer Backs GOP 'Ransom' On Tax Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday that if Democrats don't pay the Republican ransom on tax cuts, America's middle class wi...

Tax 'Deal' Makes It Official: America Has Gone Batshit Crazy

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

A Democratic president who won on a promise to rescind the Bush tax cuts is now pushing to extend them. This, despite the fact that to stop them, all Democrats had to do was pass nothing.

Proposed Tax Deal Shows Sharp Contrast in Republican and Democratic Priorities

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Let's be clear. The Republican Party has only one core value: massive economic benefits for the wealthiest Americans. And they'll sacrifice the welfare of everyone else who is gullible enough to vote for them in order to get it.

Woman Up, Obama & Democrats: Grow a Pair... of Ovaries! (VIDEO)

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

In this video I, as one of Barack Obama's earliest supporters, lecture him and Senate Democrats on just how pathetic their willingness to "compromise"...

Frank Rich: Obama, The GOP, And A Case Of Stockholm Syndrome

The New York Times | FRANK RICH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

THOSE desperate to decipher the baffling Obama presidency could do worse than consult an article titled "Understanding Stockholm Syndrome" in the onli...

Defining Class in America: Has the Economic Crisis Brought Us Closer Together?

Curtis Valentine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Curtis Valentine

Amid all the discussion about "Middle Class Tax Cuts" and the "War on the Middle Class," there has been little attention paid to the puzzling fact that Americans still do not have a hard and fast definition for middle class.

Make Them Filibuster

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

I want to scream. What in the hell is wrong with the Democrats? The House has done as it should and passed the extension of the tax cut for the midd...

No Representation Without Taxation!

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Benjamin R. Barber

America's problem is that it doesn't want to pay for what it wants. We pay big bucks for the stuff that makes us happy. We pay only pennies publicly for common goods, and then whine about how many pennies it's costing.

Sam Stein

Obama, GOP Leaders Agree To More Meetings On Bush Tax Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Obama and congressional leadership agreed on Tuesday that the best way to resolve differences on the soon-to-be-expired Bush ...

Lucia Graves

STONEWALLED: House Dems' Tax Cut Plan 'Will Not Include Anything The Republicans Are Seeking'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If Obama and House Democrats were at pains to extend an olive branch to Republicans after the midterm elections, that is no longer the c...

Obama: Letting Middle Class Tax Cuts Lapse Would Hurt Growth

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

KOKOMO, Indiana: President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the United States must extend tax cuts for the middle class but could not afford to do so for ...

Laura Bassett

Alan Grayson: Five Things The Rich Can Do With Their Tax Cuts (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Alan Grayson (D-Florida) wants everyone to know that he is not in favor of extending the Bush cuts for the wealthy, which would average ...

Amanda Terkel

Nancy Pelosi And Harry Reid: Passing Middle-Class Tax Cuts Is A Top Priority

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With additional reporting by Ryan Grim. NEW YORK -- A trio of progressive groups forcefully came out Friday in support of holding a vote on tax cuts...

Howard Fineman

White House Gives In On Bush Tax Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's top adviser suggested to The Huffington Post late Wednesday that the administration is ready to accept an acros...

House Democrats Punished for Senate's Failures

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The Democrats lost the House, and Nancy Pelosi the Speaker's gavel, because of the Senate's dysfunction. Many, if not most, I would wager, of the 400+ bills passed by the House had simple majorities in the Senate.