January 07, 2013
Obama's "Read My Lips" Moment
I can make a firm pledge, under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.
- Barack Obama, 2008
Mein Gott im Himmel! As much as it pains us to admit it, Paul Krugman was right!
... whenever the president says that there’s an issue on which he absolutely, positively won’t give ground, you can count on him, you know, giving way — and soon, too.
Fortunately, The Editorial Staff are absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when the media grew a spine and began to hold the powerful to their promises:
Obama, before heading to Hawaii for a vacation, praised Congress for supposedly fulfilling his campaign promise of not adding burdens to middle-class families.
“I want to thank all the leaders of the House and Senate,” he said. “Under this law, more than 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses will not see their income taxes go up.”
It would be more accurate to say that 77 percent of American households will see an increase in their federal tax burden, the Tax Policy Center noted.
This was the moment when journalists put duty and country above covering for their guy. This was the moment when they finally said, "We see what you did, there." This was the moment when they pointed out the utter shamelessness of the White House's dishonest community organizing:
Starting in late November, Obama encouraged Americans to use the hashtag #My2k on Twitter to tell lawmakers what the estimated average tax raise of $2,000 would mean to them if Congress failed to reach a deal in advance of the fiscal cliff deadline.
The official White House page for the campaign also featured voters explaining what $2,000 meant to them: “#My2k is keeping this house and keeping it warm for my growing family this winter”; “My2k … means food on table, co-pays at the Drs office, gas in the car & our kids extra activities”; and “#My2k means I won’t have to choose between life-saving meds or food.”
Obama’s official account retweeted others such as, “My2K will just about cover out-of-pocket costs for my cataract surgery” and “My2K helped me to support my parents, pay for their health and pay my car loan.”
Turns out, it wasn't really #their2K, after all. Who could have predicted this?
Posted by Cassandra at January 7, 2013 05:45 AM
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I don't get paid for the first time in 2013 until the 11th. I'm waiting to see what that 2% jump in payroll taxes, along with only a slight (for *this* year...) increase in my share of the cost of my healthcare/vision/dental insurance will do to my take-home pay. This while I am trying to pay down my debt *and* pay for a wedding at the same time... Thank goodness I found a great, inexpensive bakery and a good photographer trying to build a portfolio...
Posted by: Miss Ladybug at January 7, 2013 03:57 PM
Allow me to say how very happy I am for you :)
When it comes to weddings, de gustibus non est disputandum. But for my part, I've always liked smallish weddings.
The wedding is just one day. It flies by so quickly that you don't remember half of it, and the best part of it is something money can't buy - being with the people you love as you take one of life's big steps.
I wish you joy :)
Posted by: Cassandra at January 7, 2013 09:08 PM
Miss Ladybug, are you getting married?
That's great! Long time fans are incredibly happy for you.
Posted by: Don Brouhaha at January 7, 2013 10:16 PM
Yes, I am, Don. We've been together since fall 2011. He proposed in February 2012 (no, not on Valentine's Day...). The Big Day is this July. I have the dress (still needs alterations), we've reserved the church and parish hall, ordered and put the deposit on the wedding and groom's cakes, put the deposit down for the caterer, put the deposit for the tuxedo rental, but still have plenty to do! Invitations, gift registries, favors. We did our engagement photos this past Saturday. Ran across a photographer trying to get a business going, so we are getting a deal on the pictures and she gets to build her portfolio.
We are lucky to have found one another. We make each other very happy :-D We very much look forward to spending the rest of our lives together!
Posted by: Miss Ladybug at January 9, 2013 09:11 PM