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Another Obama Campaign Promise Expires

In what is quickly becoming the most cynical presidency in decades the Obama administration has signaled that it is changing its position on taxing employee health benefits, a campaign position that Obama used to hammer Senator John McCain in the 2008 election.

The Obama administration is signaling to Congress that the president could support taxing some employee health benefits, as several influential lawmakers and economists favor, to help pay for an overhaul of the health care system.

The proposal is politically problematic for President Obama, however, since it is similar to one he denounced in the presidential campaign as "the largest middle-class tax increase in history." Most Americans with insurance get it from their employers, and taxing workers for the benefit is opposed by union leaders and some businesses. (Note: Only The New York Times would call this prevarication "problematic")

Now that Mr. Obama is completely out of the closet on the matter of massive tax increases he must feel somewhat comfortable in walking back his strident campaign rhetoric of the 2008 election. As with many Obama campaign promises, the policy of not taxing health care benefits had an unusually short expiration date: less than 60 days (baloney lasts longer). It has become manifestly apparent that this administration is simply making it up as they go along, tossing hundred billion dollar policy concepts in after another, never bothering to comprehend their effect on the whole. With political moderates and business leaders (who voted for him) alike practically begging him to ease back on the agenda, the Obama campaign pushes forward, consumed by a level of Emanuelesque ignorance and arrogance that looks like a greek tragedy in the making.


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What happened to 95% of Ame... (Below threshold)
reitred military:

What happened to 95% of Americans wont see their taxes increase 1 dime? ANyone who believed him on that was a fool.

This presidencey reminds me... (Below threshold)
retired military:

This presidencey reminds me of an episode of Get Smart. Only the US is Chaos.

The One is bumping up again... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

The One is bumping up against something that he never thought of before, it's call "COLD HARD REALITY". It's something his socialist professors tended to ignore. Like the failure of communism.

Is anybody really surprised... (Below threshold)

Is anybody really surprised?

"Is anybody really surprise... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"Is anybody really surprised?"

You mean that we have inspector Clouseau running the country? I thought it would be bad, I have a feeling it is just going to get worse.

Unlike John Kerry, he was a... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Unlike John Kerry, he was against it BEFORE he was for it.

Of course Barry isn't stupid. His current tax the rich idea is not even going to remotely fund his grandiose health care scheme. The lie that he'll fund it from the trillion plus SAVED by getting out of Iraq before 2025 won't even pass the smell test. He's got to get that TRILLION + from somewhere.......hey, let's TAX health benefits, after all, they are part of workers COMPENSATION. Problem solved. Unless you are one of those idiots who BELIEVED Barry would not raise your taxes.

And if you think your screwed now, wait until "cap and trade" comes along. There is not a thing you do that will not be affected (Translation: HIGHER COST)

I would personally find it ... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

I would personally find it real unacceptable for President Obama to cave-in to such a tax that is supported by some Republicans such as John McCain. Taxing benefits such as health care coverage should be off the table in any discussion how to reform health care.

Why do you say that Paul?</... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Why do you say that Paul?

Is it because it will show Obama to be the big liar that the right said he was prior to the election.

And John McCain is about as much a republican as SPectre, Snowe and Collins. They have an R beside their name. That is about it. McCain was only palatable to a lot of us because umm he wasnt Obama. Which isnt saying much.


Face it, the Rhinos screwed... (Below threshold)
914:

Face it, the Rhinos screwed everybody by putting old man McCain up against Obsama.

Now this tax carnivore is devouring our prosperity for His own sic view of a socialized America.

Thanks a lot rhinos.

As with many Obama campaign... (Below threshold)

As with many Obama campaign promises, the policy of not taxing health care benefits had an unusually short expiration date: less than 60 days (baloney lasts longer). It has become manifestly apparent that this administration is simply making it up as they go along, tossing hundred billion dollar policy concepts in after another, never bothering to comprehend their effect on the whole. With political moderates and business leaders (who voted for him) alike practically begging him to ease back on the agenda, the Obama campaign pushes forward, consumed by a level of Emanuelesque ignorance and arrogance that looks like a greek tragedy in the making.

The only non-socialist cont... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

The only non-socialist contending for the Republican nomination for presidency in 2008 was Ron Paul, whom the Republican National Committee attempted to marginalize, whom Fox News (specifically) refused to recognize as even worthy of public consideration, and whom Wizbang endeavored to just plain ignore.

Enough of the crocodile tears over the fate of the "republic". Executive prerogative trumped congress during the Truman administration, anyway.

See? I didn't blame Bush! Bush just trumped the GOP a'la Fonzie jumping the shark.

OK, I kinda blamed Bush. Slave to history, me.

"...greek tragedy in the ma... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"...greek tragedy in the making."

Well, we all know how those turned out!

Everything that Oba... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:


Everything that Obama utters comes with an expiration date.

He'll just say it isn't the... (Below threshold)
davidt:

He'll just say it isn't the same as McCain, and that'll be that.

John kerry and a rock got i... (Below threshold)
retired military:

John kerry and a rock got into to a joke telling contest. It was close but the rock won. Obama and the same rock got into an economic leadership contest. Well it was close but what do you know lightning strikes twice in the same place every now and then.

bryanD - "whom Fox News... (Below threshold)
marc:

bryanD - "whom Fox News (specifically) refused to recognize as even worthy of public consideration,"

As a rewriter of history - you SUCK!

If Fox News refused to recognize Ron Paul who might this be in the May, 2007 debate?

It damn sure looks like Paul, but it could have been Elmer Fudd, it's hard to tell.

You might also check the Fox debates of Sept. 5th, 2007, Paul was part of that event as well and by many accounts people thought he won it.

More "wit & wisdom" from bryanD - "....and whom Wizbang endeavored to just plain ignore."

Might I suggest you use the search function in Wizbangs sidebar, enter "Ron Paul."

If by "ignore" you mean a double diget number of entires for "Ron Paul" I guess your right.

If not... you're just another in a long line of asswipes that infest Wizbang.

"If Fox News refused to rec... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"If Fox News refused to recognize Ron Paul who might this be in the May, 2007 debate?"-marc

Context. The RNC controlled the selection and the RNC thought that Ron Paul would BOMB and embarrass all anti-war Republicans (for all time) when faced down by Rudy9/11Ghouliani. The opposite occurred, to the chagrin of post-debate pols Michael "Diddy" Steele and post-debate RNC robot-interpreter Sean Hannity.

The frantic wing-flapping of Sean-bot, post-debate, over Ron Paul's winning of Fox News' admittedly "unscientific" text-poll, was a sign that things went Oh So Effing Wrong!
That same night, on the same post-debate wrap-up, M. Diddy Steele suggested that Ron Paul be banned from further exposure through the televised debate process. Because his text-supporters were Cheaters. Robo-Sean basically concurred and reiterrated that Ron Paul's supporters are black-hearted cheaters by "manipulating" Fox's (unscientific, money-making, entertainment-oriented) quick-poll.

*handkerchief, please! *sniff*

p.s. And when Fox held their own Republican candidates debate (the one in the kewl trailer), Ron Paul was banned because Fox News said Ron Paul wouldn't "fit" because Fox News is too thtoopid! to rent a phat trailer from GE Capital or somebody to fit the august occasion.

In the aftermath of this, Fox Terror Warrior, Sean Hannity runs from a bunch of skinny kids who support the evil genius, Ron Paul, abandoning his young female intern to make her own way, somehow, someway, through the no-mans'-land of urban New Hampshire! (She survived. Thanks for nothing, Sean.)

LOL! U!S!A!

"Might I suggest you use the search function in Wizbangs sidebar, enter "Ron Paul."'-marc

No, you may not.
No offense to the scholars at Wizbang, but that would be like harvesting undigested corn from a loaf of feces.
This ain't 1944 on the Eastern Front.

However, feel free to cut and paste, marc.
I'll check back.

"If not... you're just another in a long line of asswipes that infest Wizbang."-marc

YOU'RE the one that claims to be a "lawyer".
So pot:kettle.

The proposal is po... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
The proposal is politically problematic for President Obama, however, since it is similar to one he denounced in the presidential campaign as "the largest middle-class tax increase in history."

Obama isn't really breaking a campaign promise because taxing healthcare benefits is no longer the largest middle-class tax increase in history. That honor goes to Obama's useless carbon cap and tax scheme. See, voters just didn't listen close enough to what Obama actually said. That's the problem when people vote for change without asking what that change is.

Look he needs revenue, they... (Below threshold)

Look he needs revenue, they know that. They are talking about charging veterans for their VA care for their service related injuries. Nobody has done that before and nobody has considered it. If you are going to have national health care you need money and they are exploring all ways possible to get it. This will also allow them to make a more "moderate" proposal and it will be accepted by Congress. Tax the first 100 dollars or something.

Is anyone really s... (Below threshold)
tb2tb Author Profile Page:

Is anyone really surprised about any of this.I can understand someone under 25 falling for this guy. But everyone else should have known that you cannot promise everyone the world on a silver platter, and they will not have to pay for it.

Spend Spend Spend, Take Take Take.

Remember it is your duty to pay taxes. Don't remember that we became a free nation because of over taxation.

Paul, don't worry: He won't... (Below threshold)
brainy435:

Paul, don't worry: He won't support a proposal to tax benefits like McCains. See, McCains proposal included giving credits to many workers so that the actual increase for most taxpayers would be zero. Obama won't vote for something that brings in so little cash from the middle-class. He will make actual taxes increase for everyone.

bryanD - "No, you may n... (Below threshold)
marc:

bryanD - "No, you may not.
No offense to the scholars at Wizbang, but that would be like harvesting undigested corn from a loaf of feces.
This ain't 1944 on the Eastern Front."

No offense to asswipes such as yourself, but you were the one that made the patently false claim Paul wasn't given any coverage here.

You were dead wrong in pulling that tripe from your posterior. As you were in claiming Fox gave no forum to Paul.

"YOU'RE the one that claims to be a "lawyer"."

Really?! Where?

Find the link and quote it.

Lying piece of horse dung.

Maybe if Ron Paul's support... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Maybe if Ron Paul's supporters didn't come off as bat sh!t crazy 90% of the time, his candidacy would have been taken seriously.
At least the LDS missionaries that knocked on my door politely left after I gave them lemonade and a no thank you. The Paulites had to leave specks of spittle on my screen door when I didn't sign up to their merry band...

#23Yeah they were ... (Below threshold)
914:

#23

Yeah they were kinda scary when they came a callin to My door .. Kind of like too jehova witnessy for Me .

Why doesnt this whole admin... (Below threshold)
914:

Why doesnt this whole administration just expire already? Asswipes

I hear the pond scum wants ... (Below threshold)
moseby:

I hear the pond scum wants to tax your taxes...




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