Obama’s “tax cuts”

Glenn Reynolds asks a very good question:

HOW DO YOU CUT INCOME TAX FOR 95%, when over a third pay no income tax at all?

The American Spectator’s Philip Klein explains how:

What Obama’s plan does do is offer a raft of subsidies and government payments to individuals and families that he redefines as “tax cuts.” His proposal looks more like a redistribution scheme than an honest effort to reduce taxes — as he revealed on Monday when he told a now famous Ohio plumber that his plan aimed to “spread the wealth around.”

Klein also reports that Obama’s spokesmen were not at all forthcoming when questioned on the subject.

Okay, it’s interesting that Obama is redefining spending increases as tax cuts, but I think this misses the point.  Obama is lying.  Whatever you choose to call it, the net flow of revenue between individuals and the government is not going to shift in the individual’s direction for 95%.  It’s not going to happen.

Democrats, and particularly far-left Democrats like Obama, take money from the people and spend it on their priorities.  It’s what they do.  Bill Clinton (a far more moderate Democrat than Obama) promised a middle-class tax cut.  A month into his administration he admitted it wouldn’t happen, bleating “I’ve worked harder than I’ve ever worked in my life to meet that goal, but I can’t.”  (Poor guy, that must have been a really tough month.)  Instead, he passed a massive tax increase.

You simply cannot raise the revenue that Obama needs for his massive spending plans without taxing the middle class.  That’s where the money is.  Anyone who believes that middle-class taxes will go down (even in the Bizarro-world way Obama is defining taxes) is a sucker.

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