The natural history of an Obama promise:
September 12, 2008
And I can make a firm pledge: Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 will see their taxes increase—not your income taxes, not your payroll taxes, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes!
February 24, 2009
In order to save our children from a future of debt, we will also end the tax breaks for the wealthiest 2% of Americans. But let me perfectly clear, because I know you’ll hear the same old claims that rolling back these tax breaks means a massive tax increase on the American people: if your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increased a single dime. I repeat: not one single dime.
August 3, 2009
Barack Obama will keep his promise not to raise taxes on people making less than $250,000 a year, the White House said Monday, rebutting comments by administration officials that indicated otherwise.
"The president has made a very clear commitment to not raise taxes on middle-class families," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told a regular briefing.
April 12, 2010
April 16, 2010
We cut taxes for 95 percent of working Americans just like I promised we would on the campaign... So I’ve been a little amused over the last couple days where people have been having these rallies about taxes...taxes. You would think they would be saying, “Thank you!” That’s what you’d think!
April 19, 2010
What about the president's remarks and the Tea Parties?
I think it was Obama with his usual condescension — except he ratcheted it up to Code Orange in snootiness — where he looks down his nose at the gun-and-god crowd, the lumpenproletariat, as he sees it. And he ridicules them because they're not grateful enough to him.
And look, it's quite obvious what he’s talking about. He thinks that they are stupid because they don't recognize that he hasn't raised their taxes.
The point is the movement began a year ago before there were any hikes in taxes, but it was a prescient movement: it understood — and it wasn't really that hard to see, although a lot of the press entirely overlooked it — that if you’re going expand the government hugely (as he has) you’re going to have to end up raising taxes. There‘s no other way.
That's why we’re all talking about a VAT.
He’s assuming that these people are paranoid or agitated because they are expecting that taxes are going to rise. We just had the chairman of the Federal Reserve, who’s not exactly a member of the Tea Party, say exactly that. In order to sustain our economy, we’re going to have to raise taxes.
April 21, 2010
John Harwood: If reducing consumption is a good idea, could you see the potential for value-added tax in this country?
Barack Obama: You know— I know that there's been a lot of talk around town lately about the value-added tax— that is something that has worked for some countries.
But I haven't forgotten my promise to taxpayers making under $200,000. So there will be no VAT tax...not on my watch.
Are you as grateful for Obama as I am?