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August 3, 2009

White House: “NO New Taxes For Middle Class”

President Obama is committed to making sure middle class families do not see a tax increase, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said today. 

“The president’s clear commitment is not to raise taxes on those making less than $250,000 a year,” Gibbs said, repeating Obama’s pledge from the presidential campaign. 

On Sunday, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner suggested that taxes increases are inevitable. 

“We will not get this economy back on track, recovery will be not strong and sustained, unless we … can convince the American people that we’re going to have the will to bring these deficits down once recovery is firmly established,” Geithner said on ABC’s “This Week.” 

Asked point blank whether it was right to suggest it is a matter of when, not if, taxes will be raised, Geithner responded, “It is absolutely right.” 

National Economic Council President Larry Summers also did not rule out future increases on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” 

Gibbs, though, dismissed the comments Monday as part of a “hypothetical back and forth” that Geithner and Summers allowed themselves to engage in. 

“Promising that everybody’s going to be on message may be a bar that’s too high for me to leap over,” Gibbs said.

Peppered with reporters’ questions on the topic, he repeatedly said that despite the Sunday comments the president has been “clear” that he intends to shield middle-class families from a tax hike. 

“I am reiterating the president’s clear commitment in the clearest terms possible that he’s not raising taxes on those who make less than $250,000 a year,” he said. 

The discussion over future tax increases comes as the deficit is expected to hit $1.8 trillion next year. With spending still planned for a $1 trillion, 10-year health care reform plan, officials say something will have to be done to keep the deficit and national debt from growing wider. 

Gibbs said that President Obama is committed to cutting wasteful spending to help achieve that goal. 


  1. Let me apologize in advance Paulette- I am about to unleash a tirade on Obama.

    I don’t believe President Obama and the democrats are fighting for health care the way they should. At this point I am seeing them as they always are,weak. They don’t have the fight and the bite.I know we disagree with Bush and his policies but I can not help but admire him for his steadfast focus even in the wave of opposition.

    I am watching the Republicans lying and winning. The facts are so convincing and the democrats are not using the facts.

    Obama organized and fought for the presidency much better than he is for his policies. I just don’t see the passion and the hard work for what they fought for last year, where is the passion and the hunger.

    I know this is barely what this post is about but I agree, now is probably the worst time to raise taxes on the middle class and Obama made a promise not to.

    Comment by RB — August 3, 2009 @ 8:34 pm | Reply

    • Hi Dutty: It’s quite alright to vent, Obama isn’t perfect but I think he’s doing lots to rebuild and reenergize America. For example, the republicans are bitching about the cash for clunkers program but what a great and creative program that is to help average Americans and the car industry. American car sales have increased for the first time this July because of the program.

      I think Obama is out there pushing and working for healthcare but he still has a lot to do. Based on the untruths that the republicans are spreading he’s going to have to re-group with responses to the lies.

      I am VERY disappointed that the democrats are not out there advocating for the President and healthcare. One of the things that ‘the people’ voted for when we voted for Obama was healthcare reform. I am disappointed that so many of the moderate democrats are participating in in-fighting.

      I think the democrats have to show a united front and get healthcare reform approved. In life it’s always darkest before dawn. I think the republicans are fighting harder and dirtier because they know that healthcare will pass this Fall with a public option so they are unleashing all their dirt now.

      I must say this though — I volunteered for Obama during his campaign and last week ‘we’ (his volunteers, etc) received our marching orders. We received information to sign up for healthcare reform information training of sorts. Once ‘trained’ we will call and/or visit our neighbors and friends (just like during the campaign) and inform them of Obama’s healthcare FACTS and talking points and we will give them instructions for when we should all start calling our Senators and Congresspersons and put pressure on them to get healthcare reform approved in both houses so that Obama gets a bill on his desk that he can sign. This will all start taking place during August.

      During the middle of the storm it is easy to believe that everything is as it appears; not so. This reminds me of Obams’s campaign and how the media reported irresponsibly. The media’s recent habit is to create the news the way they want ‘us’ to see it; they no longer report the news. If the news is crazy and contradictory ‘they — the media’ receives a larger audience and that’s their goal — a larger audience, period.

      Even these most recent polls released that shows Obama’s numbers are slipping is biased. Who are they polling? Definitely not Obama supporters. It’s all a smoke screen. Don’t let smoke get in your eyes. 🙂

      ‘We’ WILL prevail – it might not be a pretty battle but we will prevail and win the war.

      Please do your part my spreading the ‘good news’ about Obama’s healthcare reform and keep the faith!

      Comment by Paulette — August 3, 2009 @ 9:59 pm | Reply

      • Paulette- I know that we have been here before when we think Obama is going to fall off the cliff he surprises us who might have lost faith turn things around. I hope he does same here very soon

        I am very please to hear that the ground troops have been activated, now lets really show the GOP thugs what real organizing is all about. I am writing this and I can not tell you how personally sick and disgusted I am by by them. I hate (strong word) their greedy selfish ways and then you have these fools blindly fall inline.

        As I said earlier also I am very disappointed in the democrats too. They seem so timid, so afraid to upset the constituent they are paralyzed by fear.

        To be honest there need to be descent and you hardly will have 100 % consensus but they need to remember that they are leaders not slaves to polls, focus groups and hooligans or even the people who elected them if they are not adequately informed of the issues.

        I am gald that you mention cash for clunckers program. This is a significant successful program the money the government put into the program disappeared in a weeks and the GOP criticized it because of the money run out because people actually took up the offer. The are so backward they criticized the program for being successful, wow amazing. They are even using the program as an example as to why healthcare reform bill should not pass.

        If ordinary folks know the facts then all this craziness can stop.

        I am doing my little part to get out the truth.

        Take care

        Comment by RB — August 3, 2009 @ 11:28 pm

  2. Dutty — I co-sign everything you said. I can’t stand that the democrats seem like wimpering puppy dogs with their tails between their legs. They got elected and therefore empowered by the people so go out and DO THE PEOPLE’S WORK DAMN IT!!! 🙂

    I wrote about the Cash for Clunkers Program today — again the Republican’s stance on this program is ticking me off!

    Comment by Paulette — August 4, 2009 @ 2:53 pm | Reply

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