Obama Will Listen To GOP Pitch On Extending Tax Cuts For Wealthy

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Range Rover, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/04/gibbs-obama-will-listen-t_n_778864.html

    WASHINGTON -- White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs reiterated on Thursday that the president will be open to extending the upper-end Bush tax cuts for one or two years as part of a broader compromise with Republicans.

    "He would be open to having that discussion and open to listening to what the debate is on both sides of that," said Gibbs, during an off-camera gaggle with reporters. "Obviously... making those tax cuts for the upper end permanent is something the president does not believe is a good idea."

    The issue, Gibbs said, will be a topic of discussion when the president convenes a bipartisan meeting of lawmakers at the White House in two weeks. Included in that meeting (and working dinner) will be Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cali.), incoming Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), incoming Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), and Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.).

    At his press conference on Wednesday, the president expressed his first openness to date with the process of negotiating on the Bush tax cuts, which are set to expire at the end of the year. Earlier, the administration had insisted that extending those cuts for the wealthy (families making more than $250,000 a year) would be off the table -- wary that extending them temporarily would simply invite lawmakers to keep extending them indefinitely.

    Tuesday's elections, undoubtedly, changed the dynamics and, in turn, has given Republicans little incentive to compromise. Appearing on MSNBC, Sen. Orinn Hatch (R-Utah) said he saw no room for negotiating on the Bush tax cuts. All of them, he argued, should be extended.

    "He is certainly willing to listen to both sides," said Gibbs when press specifically on a one or two-year extension for the tax cuts for the wealthy.

    "It is again, November 4. We know that, when this year ends, tax rates are going to go up for the middle class... So if we don't act on the expiring tax cuts by the end of this year, we know what's going to happen... We have both houses coming back and this is an issue that must and has to be dealt with."
  2. Giving up cap and trade and the Bush tax cuts in one day .

    Read the comments from pissed off liberals at the bottom of the page
  3. Lucrum


    And yet you vehemently support him anyway.
  4. Hello


    Like i said before, the elections are a disaster for Obama, he either goes with taxcuts and reduced spending, at the risk of alienating his base, or he moves even further left and alienates the remaining independents. Either way it puts Obama up shit creek without a paddle.

  5. It depends on what he is doing.After thinking about this and the cap and trade play it may not be what it seems

    As far as me supporting him,I voted for him for 3 reasons. Healthcare for all Americans, draw down in Iraq and a less aggressive foreign policy then Bush and McCain.He did all 3 so he gets my vote again
  6. There is a 3rd option,gridlock

    The deficit drops the next 2 years.Draw down both wars by mid 2012.The economy will have improved on its own simply by doing nothing
  7. 377OHMS


    Untrue. The unfunded Healthcare mandates will kick in obviating any savings anywhere else in the budget.

    Forced Healthcare Insurance is the dealbreaker of all time.
  8. The mandates start in 2014.
  9. Considering roughly 18 million Americans will still be uninsured in 2019, it appears your definition of "all" compared to Obama's are vastly different.

  10. Anybody up to 450 % of the poverty level can get insurance for 5-10 % of their income,and they cant be denied or charged more due to pre existing conditions

    If people don't get insurance because they dont want to spend 5-10 % of their income on it I wouldn't care about them.As long as everybody has the ability to get health insurance at an affordable price its good enough for me
    #10     Nov 4, 2010