No he didn’t

Greg Sargent says the White House is denying that they’re willing to accept tax cuts — just yet, anyway. But having already been through this little dance with the public option, I’ll reserve judgment:

The White House is sharply denying the Huffington Post story I noted below claiming that David Axelrod signaled a willingness to accept a temporary extension of all the Bush tax cuts, claiming that their position remains unchanged.

Axelrod emails:

There is not one bit of news here. I simply re-stated what POTUS and Robert have been saying. Our two strong principles are that we need to extend the tax cuts for the middle class, but we can’t afford a permanent extension of the tax cuts for the wealthy.

And White House comm director Dan Pfeiffer adds:

The story is overwritten. Nothing has changed from what the President said last week. We believe we need to extend the middle class tax cuts, we cannot afford to borrow 700 billion to pay for extending the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, and we are open to compromise and are looking forward to talking to the Congressional leadership next week to discuss how to move forward. Full Stop, period, end of sentence.

The question remains, though, whether the White House will hold fast to Obama’s demand last week that the extension of the tax cuts for the middle class remain permanent while extending the high end ones temporarily. The main sticking point is that Republicans won’t allow the two categories to be extended for different durations, because that would force them to push for just an extension of the cuts for the rich later.

You mean even Republicans know how bad it looks?

2 thoughts on “No he didn’t

  1. “We cannot afford to borrow 700 billion to pay for extending the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.”

    $699 billion, we can start to talk.

  2. I was working on a handout for my Ethics class yesterday, transcribing a chapter from Jane Addams book “Bread and Peace in Time of War”.

    The chapter is about what happened to her when she returned from a peace mission to Europe and gave a speech. She was slandered and denigrated in the press with such savagery that she got sick and was an invalid for most of the war. (This is what well bred ladies did in those Victorian days.)

    At one point she quotes an English pacifist politican about his experience in an earlier war:

    Certainly by the end of the war we were able to understand, although our group certainly did not endorse the statement of [Richard] Cobden, one of the most convinced of all internationalists: “I made up my mind during the Crimean War that if ever I lived in the time of another great war of a similar kind between England and another power, I would not as a public man open my mouth on the subject, so convinced am I that appeals to reason, conscience or interest have no force whatever on parties engaged in war, and that exhaustion on one or both sides can alone bring a contest of physical force to an end.”

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