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  •  I have been in favor of all the (7+ / 0-)

    tax cuts expiring from the beginning.  I understand that Obama doesn't want to back on his 2008 promise not to raise taxes on the middle class, but this administration has had two years to sell the expiration of the Bush tax cuts to the American people.  Why this was kept for a divisive and difficult midterm election is beyond me.  Instead of working on this the President chose to use a Deficit Commission to bring austerity to the middle class.  This was so backasswards I just can't wrap my little brain around it.

    •  The promise is a problem. (2+ / 0-)
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      If he permits taxes to go up, he - and the Democrats generally - are going to pay a price.  How steep is the price and whether it's worth it are the questions the (D)s need to mull, not moot questions about how to frame something (tax hikes for the rich) favorably that most people already view favorably.

    •  I'm having a really difficult time following this (1+ / 0-)
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      logic.

      I understand that Obama doesn't want to back on his 2008 promise not to raise taxes on the middle class, but this administration has had two years to sell the expiration of the Bush tax cuts to the American people.  

      People here at KOS are figuratively at each others throats over what they see as broken promises.

      I don't see anyone here changing their position or how they feel. Yet, you think a not so clued in public will be cool with this broken promise?

      He hasn't changed any minds here in the last 2 years with people who are knowledgeable, but he can change the minds of people who aren't?

      I will Not give up, I will Not give in, I will Not quit!

      by JupiterIslandGirl on Sat Nov 27, 2010 at 08:33:34 AM PST

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      •  Sorry that I "fuzzed up" my comment (1+ / 0-)
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        my whole take on this is that the Obama Campaign had plenty of time to decide how to tackle the expiration of the Bush tax cuts.  It's my guess that when they settled on this tax cut idea (permanently for $250,000 and less) they didn't have a clue to the damage done by the banking crisis.  However, they did see the debt being swollen by more spending and less revenue these past ten years.  Since Obama promptly named Clintonians to high economic places I guess we were forewarned about which tax policy was to be followed.  And, as an aside, isn't it the one policy out of all the others that this administration is digging in its heels?

        •  You know (0+ / 0-)

          sometimes If feel as if I'm living in the middle of a Twilight Zone episode.

          I do the best I can, take care of my mom, me and all that entails. I try to make a living, keep informed, talk to friends and family to keep them informed, send emails, do phone calls and whatever else I can, yet it's never enough and I know this because everyday, some new issue pops up, but I keep trying.

          President Obama has 1000 times more on his plate than I do. Plus, I don't have to deal with world leaders and crisis, domestic issues that stink to high heaven, a fickle congress, public and base, a opposition that wants to cut of my neck, a press that's a joke and the list could go on.

          Yet he's done more in 2 years (although not enough I get that) than any President I can remember...and the best Democrats can seem to come up with, he asked for it and he's not doing enough.

          I'm not saying this is coming from you personally but the running theme in your comments seem to be the basic script in my Twilight Zone episode.

          Not your problem though, it's mine. Thanks for the conversation.

          I will Not give up, I will Not give in, I will Not quit!

          by JupiterIslandGirl on Sat Nov 27, 2010 at 09:10:51 AM PST

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    •  Problem is (1+ / 0-)
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      that over the past 40 years taxes on the lower classes have been going up while taxes on the rich have been going down.

      We need to start a long-term trend to get tax rates back to what they were in the 60's.

      "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

      by La Gitane on Sat Nov 27, 2010 at 11:48:36 AM PST

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