Obama raises taxes on middle class as Boehner, McConnell sign on.
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They led their respective House and Senate GOP caucuses to believe that if they didn’t play — they would get the blame for the consequences. That what would happen if they didn’t play was too horrendous to even think of. They would be accused in the liberal media. They would be tried. They would be found wanting.
So… they caved. In avoiding the fiscal cliff, led with flags flying by Speaker Boehner, those 85 GOP House members went over the credibility cliff. Including — of all people — Congressman Paul Ryan. The headlong flight from blame necessitating a flight from principle as well.
In short, these House and Senate members let themselves be bullied by the president and his media cronies into believing that they would get the blame for what came next.
But, of course, the question. What does come next? By going along with the president, what does this Obama Participation Trophy win the GOP?
The Wall Street Journal was kind enough to add up a few of the tax increase gems from both the fiscal cliff legislation passed on New Year’s Day as well as the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
Let’s start with the Obama tax increase on the middle class. Otherwise known as: The Payroll Tax
So. You really believed this was all about taxing the “rich”, did you? Congratulations. You didn’t even know your name had been changed to “Donald Trump” did you? Too bad. As noted in USA Today:
About 77% of American households will face higher federal taxes in 2013 under the agreement negotiated between President Obama and Senate Republicans, estimates the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan Washington research group.
That’s because even though just 1% of households will pay higher income taxes, an increase in federal payroll taxes will hit nearly every wage earner, the Tax Policy Center says.
Got that? If you are out there earning a paycheck, you are about to be tagged with a tax increase that comes straight out of your paycheck to the tune of 2%. Which is to say, a hike from the 10.4% of 2012 to 12.4% in 2013.
Congratulations Speaker Boehner and Senator McConnell! You have signed on to not only a veto of economic growth, you have agreed to a tax on the middle class.
Then again, why the surprise?
This is precisely what common sense, not to mention experience with moderate Republicans whose main objective is placating liberal critics rather than sticking with principle, dictates.
Taxing the rich is never enough. The real money in America comes from the great American middle class. And so Obama, behind closed doors with John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, behaved like the liberal he is.
He taxed the middle class. And out of fear, Boehner and McConnell went along. They wanted that Participation Trophy from Obama and the national media.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?