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Obama Tax Cuts

Let's Cap the Tax Cut at $253,571.33

Drew Westen | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
Drew Westen

President Obama's latest tax cut announcement is more bad messaging. When you throw out an arbitrary number as your cap for tax cuts, you immediately get off message and into the weeds. Why? Because your number rapidly becomes contested.

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Takes Firm Stand On Extending Bush Tax Cuts | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama would veto legislation that extends all of the Bush administration's tax cuts, including those for the middle cla...

American Fireworks

Barry Levinson | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
Barry Levinson

The problem is you have to raise taxes or create some type of revenue to pay for these services. But, too often, creating revenue is still referred to as some form of a tax. It's a hidden tax, to their way of thinking.

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Calls For Middle-Class Tax Cut Extension | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday gave another push to Congress to let families keep their Bush-era tax cuts on their first $250,000 of t...

Mitch McConnell's Tax-Cut Doublespeak

Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics

Slate's Dave Weigel noticed a paradox at the heart of a statement Senator Mitch McConnell released Friday afternoon. McConnell was responding to P...

Jennifer Bendery

Washington Post Slams Nancy Pelosi | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.24.2012 | Politics

The Washington Post editorial board on Wednesday night slammed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for pushing to permanently extend "middle...

LISTEN: Rush Limbaugh Accuses Bill Clinton Of 'Undercutting Obama'

Posted 05.17.2012 | Media

Rush Limbaugh accused Bill Clinton of "undercutting" President Obama for comments he recently made about taxing the wealthy to fix the economy. Cl...

Michael McAuliff

Obama's Lower Taxes Slow The Economy, CBO Says | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans have pounced on a Congressional Budget Office report Friday that says President Barack Obama's budget would add to deficits ...

Michael McAuliff

White House Threatens Veto Of Tax Cut For The 'Fortunate' | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the second major shot in Washington's ideological battle over taxes this week, the White House on Tuesday slammed a small-business ta...

Why a Fair Economy Is Not Incompatible With Growth But Essential to It

Robert Reich | Posted 06.16.2012 | Business
Robert Reich

What we should have learned over the last half century is that growth doesn't trickle down from the top. It percolates upward from working people who are adequately educated, healthy, sufficiently rewarded, and who feel they have a fair chance to make it in America.

Payroll Tax Cut Extension: Just Another Quick Fix

Christopher Bergin | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Christopher Bergin

Politicians are counting on the fact that the American public wants instant gratification and is more concerned about today than the potential long-term solvency of Social Security or the bill we are leaving our children and grandchildren to pay.

A Better Outlook Beckons

Frank A. Weil | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

When faced with bad alternatives, as well as responsibility for their consequences, most politicians ultimately compromise, as the Republicans just did with the payroll tax cuts. So what is most likely to happen after the November election?

Corporate Tax Rates Effectively Already Below Obama's Proposed Level

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 02.22.2012 | Business

President Obama hopes to bring change to a loophole-ridden corporate tax code that allows potential tax dollars to slip through the cracks. In exchang...

Congressional Leaders in Super Bowl Move Choose to Let Election Year Politics Burden Our Children

Gary Shapiro | Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics
Gary Shapiro

By coming to an agreement to extend the payroll tax cut, leaders from both political parties are destroying our children's future so they can keep their Congressional seats.

Boehner Expresses Regrets Over Payroll Tax Cut Fight

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics

Speaker of the House John Boehner admitted Wednesday that his strategy in last year's fight over extending the payroll tax cut was mistaken. "We we...

The Payroll Tax Cut Extension, the Republicans and Mitt Romney (et al)

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 02.05.2012 | Politics
Leo Hindery, Jr.

Extending the current payroll tax cut or holiday for another year is critical, even though there are numerous other complementary, and in some ways more effective, stimulus and job-creation initiatives that should be enacted as well.

Sam Stein

White House Ready To Make GOP Pay For $1,000 Failure | Sam Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Top officials in the Obama administration on Thursday outlined a major end-of-the-year push to pass an extension of the payroll tax cut,...

Actually Tax Cuts Don't Seem to Have Much Impact on Economic Growth...

Steven Strauss | Posted 12.25.2011 | Business
Steven Strauss

Ideology is a poor substitute for pragmatic approaches to complicated problems, and the evidence that tax rates influence economic growth in any way is equivocal at best.

What Happened to the Republican Party on Taxes?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

The Republican Party may revere Ronald Reagan, but they definitely wouldn't recognize each other if they met at a tax policy conference today. Nor would the gipper last for long on the Republicans side of the deficit-reduction super committee.

Amanda Terkel

White House: No Cabinet Shake-Up Before 2012 | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House Senior Advisor David Plouffe went on CNN, ABC and Fox News on Sunday to explain President Obama's economic policies. He blam...

Sam Stein

Boehner Blasts Obama's Jobs Plan, Attacks 'Short-Term Gimmicks' | Sam Stein | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) threw cold water on the prospect of passing President Obama's jobs bill during a speech on Thursday,...

Uphill From Here: Why US Jobs Policy Will Improve

Stephen Kent | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
Stephen Kent

Let's hope today goes down in history as the low point of our national debate on jobs, and that it's all uphill from here.

Sam Stein

Democrats To Launch Full-Throated Payroll Tax Cut Extension Campaign | Sam Stein | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Setting the stage for a more aggressive posture on taxes and jobs, the Democratic National Committee is launching a campaign to pressure...

Laura Bassett

Obama Jobs Plan Meets Early Resistance From Republicans | Laura Bassett | Posted 10.21.2011 | Politics

Following a few dismal weeks on Wall Street and talk of a double-dip recession, President Obama will soon announce a new jobs plan that is expected to...

Obama Threatens Bush Tax Cuts As Part Of Debt Ceiling Deal

Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON -– The White House has one important tool in its arsenal to influence congressional talks over further deficit reduction...