President Obama focuses on the middle class in this week’s presidential address, specifically his proposal to extend Bush’s tax cuts for all middle class earners that will expire at the end of the year.
There really is no reason for Republicans to not pass the tax cut package that the president is proposing. They really just don’t want to do anything that will help American workers if that help could in any way reflect on the president’s job performance.
One thing that Republicans are lying about when they talk about the tax cuts proposed by the president is that they would only go to the middle class, and not to the wealthy. That’s simply untrue. The truth is that under president Obama’s tax proposal, ALL Americans would see a tax cut on income earned up to $250,000. Republicans love using people’s misconceptions about how marginal tax rates work, and the Democrats are terrible at explaining it.
I really don’t like the way the president is framing this debate. He is saying that his law will prevent taxes from going up. I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that he and his advisors know more about politics and political framing than I do, but here’s how I would talk about the Obama tax proposal:
Taxes will go up at the end of this year because that’s how the Republicans designed the law in 2001, and that’s what George Bush signed. Forget about the “Bush Tax Cuts.” Those are over, as designed, at the end of the year. President Obama wants to cut taxes for all Americans. Republicans are opposing him. Those are the facts.
Previous weekly address here.