An Extension on tax cuts, again!! Just keep in place for the next 23 years...

Discussion in 'Economics' started by S2007S, Jul 10, 2012.

  1. S2007S


    So I was thinking how can there really be a call for an extension of tax cuts when all I hear on cnbc and other news channels that the economy is coming back, everyone seems to be so positive on the economy so why the push to extend these tax cuts????
    All I know is that the economy has become soooooooooooo dependent on bailouts, stimulus, tax cuts for all, QE 1 & 2 and now talk for QE3, historical low interest rates etc that this economy is pretty much worthless without any of these continuing.

    So are they going to be extended?? OF COURSE they are, and guess what they are going to continue for those making more than $250,000 as well, dont let that fool you. EVERYONE is going to get these tax cuts. Again why they even bring it up is beyond me, everyone knows that they have to be extended, why take away something people have become so dependent on. So lets see they only want to extend them for another year? ha, why dont they just extend them for the next 2 or 3 decades, simple as that. A year isnt enough and while they put that through maybe they can throw in some QE 3 while there at it, China looks like its slowing and they only way to push gdp higher would be to throw more trillions at this worthless economy...

    Obama pushing extension of middle-class tax cuts

    By JULIE PACE, Associated Press – 1 day ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, eager to shift election-year attention away from the nation's lackluster jobs market, called on Congress Monday to extend tax cuts for only low and middle income earners while allowing taxes to increase for families that make more than $250,000 a year.

    "Let's not hold the vast majority of Americans and our economy hostage while we debate the merits of another tax cut for the wealthy," said Obama, flanked by a dozen people the White House said would benefit from the middle class-oriented tax cut extension.

    Obama wants Congress to pass a one-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for households making less than $250,000 before they expire at the end of the year. He said the outcome of his November election contest with Republican rival Mitt Romney would then determine the fate of the tax cuts for higher income earners.

    "My opponent will fight to keep them in place. I will fight to end them," he said.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama "would not sign" a bill that extended the whole range of tax cuts in full.

    Obama has long supported expiration of the tax cuts for those making more than $250,000. But the White House and the president's re-election team are reviving his arguments now as a way to paint congressional Republicans as obstructionists and Romney as a protector of the wealthy, suggesting the GOP push for an across-the-board extension of the tax cuts puts the middle class at risk.

    The president's announcement also follows Friday's dismal jobs report, which showed the nation's unemployment rate stubbornly stuck at 8.2 percent.

    Romney supports extending the tax cuts for all income earners. His campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said Monday that Obama's proposal amounted to a "massive tax increase" and proved that the president "doesn't have a clue how to get America working again and help the middle class."

    The contours of the tax debate are largely the same as they were when the cuts were due to expire at the end of 2010. While Obama opposed an extension for higher income earners then as well, he ultimately agreed to full two-year extension, in part to win concessions for other legislation.

    Democrats see the tax debate as part of a larger coordinated attack on Romney, which includes intensifying calls for him to explain offshore bank accounts and release several years of tax returns.

    The strategy is aimed at portraying Romney, whose personal wealth could exceed $250 million, as disconnected from middle-class voters.

    Romney aides say the Democratic attacks on the presumptive GOP nominee's wealth an "unfounded character assault."

    Romney hasn't shirked from his wealth in the face of renewed Democratic criticism. He held a $50,000 per person fundraisers Sunday in the Hamptons, New York's exclusive string of waterfront communities on Long Island's South Shore.

    Romney aides also announced that the campaign and the Republican National Committee raised a combined $106 million in June, the former Massachusetts governor's biggest monthly haul so far. The Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee raised $71 million last month.

    Republican lawmakers immediately balked at Obama's call for a partial extension.

    "No one should see an income tax hike next year — not families, not small businesses and other job creators," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

    The president's pitch may also face some opposition from congressional Democrats. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., a member of his party's Senate leadership, have both advocated denying the tax cut extension to those making above $1 million annually.

    Extending the tax cuts only for households making below $250,000 costs the government about $800 billion less over 10 years than extending them for everyone. The full cuts cost the government about $4.5 trillion over a decade.

    Obama was to continue the tax debate Tuesday during a campaign trip to Iowa. His re-election team was also promoting the president's tax policy at a series of events this week in battleground states, including New Hampshire, Colorado and Nevada.

    The Bush-era tax cuts are due to expire at the end of the year unless Congress votes to extend them. Economists worry that across-the-board tax increases, along with automatic spending cuts also scheduled to take hold at year's end, could be a blow to the shaky U.S. economy.