• Barack Obama Calls for Extension of Tax Cuts for Middle Class

    Goddamn Democrats! Always with the raising taxes and whatnot!

    Er, I mean, always with the extending tax cuts and whatnot!

    President Barack Obama called Monday for Congress to pass a one-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for people earning less than $250,000 a year.

    Hmmmmm… I'm not sure how I feel about this idea. I mean, on the one hand, I believe that we all have to make our sacrifices to pull the country out from beneath the oppressiveĀ burdon of our debt. But on the other hand, I feel that relieving the strain on people's bank accounts could have a positive effect on the economy. Which way to fall? Wait a second, let me check my last check stub…

    Okay, turns out I am fully in favor of extending tax cuts for people who make under $250,000! What a great idea!

    "I believe prosperity comes from an economy that's built on a strong and growing middle class," Obama said at the White House, with people described as working Americans standing behind him.

    In addition, an Obama campaign official said the president's re-election team will "amplify the president's message on middle-class tax cuts" by hosting a series of events in battleground states all week across the country.

    Pundits, I'm sure, will spend the next couple days deconstructing this move, pointing out that it has Gary Johnson-level chances of making it past the theoretical stage and how it's little more than a naked attempt to force Republicans into voting against a tax cut on middle class voters four months for the election. But I think that's missing the actual heart of the matter.

    The real story, to my mind, is how he managed to find enough "working Americans" to fill up the podium behind him.

    Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Barack Obama, Economy, House of Representatives, Taxes


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