Obama’s Colossal Flip Flop On Bush Tax Cuts

By: George Noga

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Obama and Dems Flip Flop on Bush Tax Cuts

They will never ever admit it of course, nor will you find it reported in the state sycophant media but President Obama and leading Democrats recently did one of the biggest political flip flops of all time. Ever since they were originally proposed and enacted, Obama, Reid and Pelosi castigated the Bush tax cuts as only for millionaires and billionaires. Then, all of a sudden, they changed their story 180 degrees. Here it is in their own words.

Nancy Pelosi once said, “Republicans are taking food out of the mouths of children to give tax cuts to America’s wealthiest“. She went on, “Republicans are using tax dollars from the middle class to pay for tax breaks for millionaires.” So what did Ms. Pelosi say recently ? She said, “The clock is ticking on the end of the Bush tax cuts for the middle class.”

Harry Reid originally said, “Republicans drew up their program to benefit the very, very, very few and eliminate the majority from any benefit of these tax cuts.” He described the Bush economy as “built on a foundation that basically just values tax cuts for the very wealthiest.” Harry Reid in December 2012 said, “It’s important that this holiday season the middle class is not going to be burdened with the thought that they may get a $2,200 a year tax increase.”

President Obama castigated the Bush tax cuts by saying, “We owe it to the middle class to end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% and put a tax cut into the pockets of the families who need it.” During the recent election all we heard from candidate Obama was scorn for the Bush tax cuts, repeating ad nauseum that it was only for millionaires and billionaires. So, what did Obama say in December? “Unless Congress acts, a typical middle class family would see its taxes go up $2,200 – that means less money for groceries, medicine and diapers. It means a tougher choice between paying rent and tuition. Middle class families just can’t afford that now.” Obama told auto workers that the end of the Bush tax cuts is “a hit you cannot afford.”

It is like we are living in a parallel universe. Obama and and his entire leadership now say – no, make that shout from the rafters – that the Bush tax cuts were great for the middle class and it would be a disaster to eliminate them. For 10 years Democrats and their captive media heaped nothing but scorn on the Bush tax cuts. Now they turned on a dime and no one is paying attention to arguably the most shameful political flip flop of all time.

“We are in a parallel universe. In November, the Bush tax cuts were poison for the middle class; in December, they were its mother’s milk.”

Liberals heaped contempt, ridicule and derision on Bush and Republicans for passing the tax cuts. Then recently they mocked and disparaged these very same folks for failing to extend the Bush tax cuts. In what has to be magna summa irony, the same folks who were sneered at in November for doing something, a month later were pilloried for not doing the very same thing. As for the media and liberals, they shamelessly dance to whatever tune the piper plays.

Prehistoric Barbarians and Bandits Redux

Our post of December 8, 2012 was entitled “You Didn’t Build That” and noted that even bandits sometimes get sated and understand that less pillaging today can enable them to pillage even more tomorrow. A thoughtful reader reminded me of the following from C.S. Lewis.

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than the omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those that torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”


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