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Thread: Obama Faces Liberal Revolt over Tax Cut Deal

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    Obama Faces Liberal Revolt over Tax Cut Deal

    The battle over extending the Bush-era tax cuts has emerged as a defining moment for liberals disenchanted with President Obama, who they increasingly see as unwilling or unable to back up his campaign promises.


    Mr. Obama vowed as a candidate to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for incomes below $250,000 for a couple or $200,000 for an individual - but let the cuts, which lapse at the end of the year, expire for incomes above those thresholds.

    Republicans want the cuts extended for all income levels, including the wealthiest Americans. Though the American people favor Mr. Obama's position according to the latest CBS News poll, the White House and congressional Democrats appear poised to accept a temporary extension of all of the cuts this week.

    The White House's apparent willingness to give in to the GOP on the tax cut issue - despite Democrats' large majorities in both houses of Congress (at least for a few more weeks) - is striking many on the left as emblematic of a president who they say has repeatedly failed to fight for what he believes in.


    Liberal New York Times columnist Frank Rich this weekend explained "the baffling Obama presidency" in part by arguing that Mr. Obama "has seemingly surrendered his once-considerable abilities to act, decide or think." The president's attempts to seek out compromise instead of holding fast to a position, he wrote, has rendered him "indistinct" and "weightless."


    Over at the liberal Huffington Post, meanwhile, the talk has turned to rallying around a serious primary challenge to Mr. Obama. While such a challenge is unlikely to materialize, the discussion reflects the level of disenchantment with Mr. Obama among the activist left.


    "You don't have to be a rocket scientist nor have a PhD in political science and sociology to see clearly that Obama has abandoned much of the base that elected him," wrote Clarence B. Jones Sunday in a column calling on liberals to consider rallying around someone else in 2012. "He has done this because he no longer respects, fears or believes those persons who elected him have any alternative, but to accept what he does, whether they like it or not."
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    Where's the liberal revolt over the wars?

    Please..... the liberals are just as full of it as the GOP.





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    President should just tell these revolters the same thing he told congressional Republicans in 2009...'elections have consequences'.
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    What tax cuts? Are my taxes going down?
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    Exactly who are the liberals going to rally around? Hillary Clinton? LMAO

    The fact of the matter is the liberals created this Frankenstein monster and the moderates ran with it and voted with them for Obama. If they back someone else in their primaries they might as well kiss the White House goodbye in 2012. They would fracture the Democratic party and moderates so much that I'd wager even Sarah Palin could beat Obama or whomever the Dems put out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shula_guy View Post
    What tax cuts? Are my taxes going down?
    If you work they are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferretsquig View Post
    If you work they are.

    Spoken like a true liberal zombie.


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    Quote Originally Posted by shula_guy View Post
    Spoken like a true liberal zombie.
    So your taxes aren't going down?
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    No taxes are going down. This was a question on whether Obama was going to raise your taxes or not. No one will get a tax break. Actually I think that families, which make under $40,000 will get a bigger government handout then they did before. An extra $1,000 a year for people that do not pay taxes anyway. $83 dollars a month - that will stimulate the economy.
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    Well my taxes are going down, for a year anyways. I'll pay ~$1700 less over the course of next year, assuming I don't get canned.
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