Is anyone helping him?
President Obama sought to keep Congressional Republicans on the defensive Monday, calling an extension of the payroll tax cut necessary for middle-class Americans and questioning why Republicans who opposed paying for tax cuts in the past now say they won’t continue the payroll tax break unless it is offset with other revenues.
“When they took over the House the beginning of this year, they explicitly changed the rules to say they don’t have to pay for tax cuts,” Mr. Obama said, striking a consciously puzzled tone. “So forgive me a little bit of confusion when I hear folks insisting on tax cuts being paid for.”
The payroll tax cut expires at the end of the year. The White House says that taxes on the average family will increase by $1,000 if the cuts are not extended. While some Republicans in Congress say that they support the extension of the tax cut, the two parties have significant differences over how to pay for it.
“Now I know many Republicans have sworn an oath never to raise taxes for as long as they live,” the president said in remarks to assembled reporters in the White House briefing room. “How can it be the only time there’s a catch is when it comes to raising taxes on middle class families?”
At some point the lies and hypocrisy of the GOP have got to get the media’s attention.