Obama: I’m Not Done Raising Taxes

In an interview with CBS that aired while most Americans were watching some big game they call the “Super Bowl,” Obama reiterated that he wants to raise additional revenue by closing “loopholes and deductions”:

 “Well, I don’t think the issue right now is raising rates. The question is, if we’re going to be serious about reducing our deficit, can we combine some smart spending cuts, ‘cause there’s still some waste in government; can we reform our health care programs in particular, because we spend a lot more on health care than every other country does, and we don’t get better outcomes, so there’s a lot of waste in the system, and there are things that we can do to reduce health care costs; and can we close some loopholes and deductions that folks who are well-connected and have a lot of accountants and lawyers can take advantage of, so they end up paying lower rates than a bus driver or a cop, can we close some of those loopholes?”

“If we combine those things together, then we can not only reduce our deficit, but we can continue to invest in things like education and research and development that are going to help us grow…without raising rates again.”

“There is no doubt we need additional revenue coupled with smart spending reductions in order to bring down our deficit, and we can do it in a gradual way so that it doesn’t have a huge impact.”

 First of all, he says, “If we’re going to be serious about reducing our deficit…” Well, they’re not serious, so everything after that conditional phrase is irrelevant. They don’t even acknowledge that they have a spending problem. Obama’s buddy Paul Krugman said there is no debt problem, nor is there a deficit problem. In fact, during this sluggish economy, it’s wise to run a deficit and increase spending.

Their thinking is that if they decrease spending, that would only contribute to unemployment because of all the government jobs that would be eliminated. So they have to find ways to expand government, thereby creating jobs for people who lost their private sector jobs (most likely because of government regulations and a government-created depression).

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He wants to close loopholes and deductions that allow those “rich tax cheats” to dodge higher taxes. He said that it’s not fair that a bus driver has to pay a higher tax rate than a rich guy who has “connections” to good tax accountants. But Obama should be happy that he’s helped create a whole industry of accountants whose job it is to find ways for people to avoid paying higher taxes. That’s creating jobs.

But Obama doesn’t want those kinds of jobs. He wants people working government jobs, and once you become a prominent government worker or politician, then you can become a tax cheat (like Tim Geithner).

Later in the interview, Obama lamented that these rich people dodge the tax system by keeping their money in offshore bank accounts in the Cayman Islands. Well, Romney isn’t the only one with money in the Cayman Islands. Obama does too. So, what Obama really meant to say was that we need to demand that the rich pay their fair share unless that rich person works for the government (and preferably a Democrat) or a corporation that makes large contributions to Obama and his buddies.

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