Yesterday afternoon President Obama decided to grace the White House reporters with his presence for a Press Conference for the first time in nearly six months. Before I break down this press conference, there is really one question I would love to know the answer to: Why does the President show so little love to people who protect and spin for him on a daily basis? Why have so few press conferences – it is not like you are going to get that many hard questions?
Tonight I am going to focus solely on the President’s speech and the ideology behind it and tomorrow I will focus on the Q&A afterwards because there were some interesting answers. The sole aim of this piece is to give a strong Conservative rebuttal to the President’s remarks in the hope members of the Republican party will convey the same to not only the President but to the media and the public.
In the first minute the President stated that “our top priority has to be jobs and growth”… “This nation succeeds when we’ve got a growing, thriving middle class”. One of the first things Republicans need to doing, is to stop using the language of the left – I wish one of the reporters in the Liberal media would ask any Republican to define the “Middle Class”. Since when do Republicans believe that your class is based on your income and not your morals and actions??? Secondly I thought a President’s job is to represent the UNITED STATES – however President Obama only ever mentions representing the middle class of the United States. The American Dream was based on a theory that EVERY American has the same chance and opportunity regardless of where they came from to be successful. The American Dream includes everyone, rich, poor or the middle class – Ronald Reagan said it best: – CPAC Speech, click on link and go to 21 minutes and 30 seconds, or go to the bottom of the page for the exact quote:
Now ask yourself why have Republicans and Democrats become so obsessed with the “Middle Class”, and have decided to forget about the rich or the poor?
The President also said “I met with labor and civic leaders for their input, and today I am meeting with CEO’s of some of America’s largest companies”. Did he meet any small business? NO. Did he meet anyone of the “middle class”? NO. Meet any manufacturers? NO, because President Obama only wants to meet with people who will confirm what he believes and then defines the meetings as reaching out.
The President continued by saying that if Congress fails to act, taxes will go up on 98% of Americans making less than $250,000 and 97% of small business who earn less than $250,000 and he said ”That doesn’t make sense. Our economy can’t afford that right now”. He continued by saying “we should not hold the middle class hostage while we debate tax cuts for the wealthy” – Republicans need to make one very important clarification on the wording of this and also ask the President some very important questions to change the framing of the debate. Firstly the “Bush Tax Cuts” are 12 years old!!!! – when you cut taxes, the new rate is the rate of tax of the country…. You cannot keep calling them tax cuts and this leads to the first question:
1 – If you succeed and raise the taxes on Millionaires and Billionaires (i.e. people who earn over $250,000 a year) can they still be called the Obama Tax INCREASE for the foreseeable future? The only downside with this question is the President would wear it as a badge of pride.
2 – If it does not make sense to raise taxes on 98% of the population, why does it make sense to raise them on 2%?
3 – If your tax increase get approval, the Federal Government will gain an approx. $80 billion in additional revenue– how is going to dent the current $1.3 trillion yearly deficit?
4 – Looking back on previous great deals on tax increases / reduced spending, that have failed, what guarantees are you prepared to give the American people you will follow through on your word on spending decreases?
5 – You blame the republicans for holding up a deal for caring more about the rich than poor – however if you refuse to do a deal – how do you respond to the question – Are you caring more about hurting the “rich” and high earners than caring about your “middle class”?
6- Also you say you are open to new ideas to grow the economy so I am going to give you a simple one. Forget extending the Bush Tax Cuts…. Bet you like that bit Mr. President? How about having a 5% rate tax cut across the board for ALL (rich, poor, and middle class) Americans? Also on the spending side just CUT one bill – the stimulus bill that you have built into the baseline since 2009. That will bring the deficits down to around $500 billion from the current $1.3 trillion in one single move. Also this deficit would be a lot smaller because I did not included the additional revenue the government would receive thru taxes, and the savings made on welfare and benefits from the economy growing and creating jobs.
7 – Have you ever had a serious conversation with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about the Senate not passing a budget in 4 years? And how can you defend your own party for the failure of not completing basic Senate business?
8 – Lastly, you say you don’t want to raise taxes on “Middle Class” Americans and quote “Doesn’t make sense”, but how do you justify the 30 new taxes Obamacare will bring to people and business earning under $250,000?
These are some of the real questions that should be asked by the media, but since they don’t have the interest the Republicans should take the lead and start asking the tough questions for the next four years.
Ronald Reagan: – “How can limited government and fiscal restraint be equated with lack of compassion for the poor? How can a tax break that puts a little more money in the weekly paychecks of working people be seen as an attack on the needy? Since when do we in America believe that our society is made up of two diametrically opposed classes—one rich, one poor—both in a permanent state of conflict and neither able to get ahead except at the expense of the other? Since when do we in America accept this alien and discredited theory of social and class warfare? Since when do we in America endorse the politics of envy and division?”
Click here for copy of: President Obama Transcript