Liberals love double talk. It is simply the only way to make their ideology make much sense.
In this week’s state of the union address, our galliant leader proclaimed at how much he had helped the economy…by cutting taxes!
As we stabilized the financial system, we also took steps to get our economy growing again, save as many jobs as possible, and help Americans who had become unemployed.
That’s why we … passed 25 different tax cuts.
Let me repeat: we cut taxes. We cut taxes for 95% of working families. We cut taxes for small businesses. We cut taxes for first-time homebuyers. We cut taxes for parents trying to care for their children. We cut taxes for 8 million Americans paying for college. As a result, millions of Americans had more to spend on gas, and food, and other necessities, all of which helped businesses keep more workers. And we haven’t raised income taxes by a single dime on a single person. Not a single dime.
Forget that the above statement is blatantly false. The tax cuts were not cuts, per se, but were actually tax rebates that were a one time occurrence. If, for example, you consider those rebates tax cuts, then that means that Obama has actually raised taxes on all individuals in 2010, because they will not receive those same rebates. Additionally, many of those rebates went to individuals who already pay no taxes. Kind of difficult to cut taxes of people paying nothing.
Well, all right. Enough of that rant. The bigger question is, what is the intellectual argument?
From my standpoint, the argument that Obama is making is the same argument Reagan, Kennedy, and Bush 43 made…that tax cuts stimulate the economy. It seems our current President agrees with that notion. And Republicans have taken note; Scott Brown used John F. Kennedy’s words effectively in his Massachusetts Senatorial campaign:
“It is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now … Cutting taxes now is not to incur a budget deficit, but to achieve the more prosperous, expanding economy which can bring a budget surplus.”
– John F. Kennedy, Nov. 20, 1962, president’s news conference
Well, o.k., at least we can agree on something.
The problem, then, lies not with the concept of tax cuts. So what is the problem? The problem is this: Either Mr. Obama believes that tax cuts stimulate the economy and just refuses to pass more relevant tax cuts, or he is simply lying. I don’t want to infer where the truth lies, make up your own mind.
We all know the truth…Obama only pulls out tax cuts when he needs political help. When the country really could have used tax cuts, in the depths of the recession last spring, Obama neither seriously considered or fought for tax cuts. Instead, he increased tax rates overall, threatened more regulations and taxes, which together greatly dampened private businesses from hiring. No one, Democrat or Republican, should believe him until he fights Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid for tax cuts…and that isn’t going to happen any time soon.
So in the end, this is more classical Obama ‘Hope and Change’ rhetoric, nothing more, nothing less. Littered with falsehoods and empty promises. I guess, for Obama, the real message of the day was ‘stay the course’; ironic, in its own way.