Ryan: Obama still a “class warrior”

posted at 12:55 pm on December 14, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Three weeks ago, Rep. Paul Ryan expressed considerable skepticism about whether Barack Obama would back down on raising taxes, calling him a “class warrior” who honestly believed that tax rates should go up.  Has Ryan changed his mind about the President after Obama cut a deal to freeze income tax and capital-gains rates?  Not exactly.  As Ryan explained to Neil Cavuto yesterday, Obama’s rhetoric in announcing the deal shows him to still be a “class warrior” interested in “class warfare.” Click on the image to watch:

This more or less echoes what Ryan said about Obama in November:

A day earlier, Ryan slammed Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Democrats,  and the media for attempting to frame this as anything else but a debate over tax hikes, not cuts:

WALLACE: Well, I don’t understand. Why — I mean, I understand that stimulus has become a politically loaded word, but why isn’t it a stimulus? Tax cuts are a stimulus. You guys think that they’re the best kind of stimulus.

RYAN: Look, only in Washington is not raising taxes considered a tax cut. Nobody’s getting a tax cut here. We’re not cutting taxes. We’re preventing tax increases from occurring.

If we were actually cutting tax rates, then we might have a stimulus. We’re not actually cutting tax rates here. We’re simply preventing them from being increased. That is why we do not see this as particularly stimulative. It just prevents bad policies going forward.

It’s just another form of demagoguery, albeit a bit milder than talk of “hostage takers.”  The deal doesn’t cut income and cap-gain taxes; it merely keeps the rates that have been in place for the last seven years in place for another two years, as well as limit an increase in the estate tax.  There is a tax holiday on FICA that will last for a year, which replaces the Making Work Pay cut that did nothing for the past two years to stimulate consumption, but that is an attempt at stimulus instead of lowering taxes in any serious or methodical manner.

When the demagoguery ends, then we’ll know that Obama is serious about actually changing his policies and moving toward the middle.  Otherwise, this is a tactical surrender and not triangulation at all.


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A day earlier, Ryan slammed Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Democrats, and the media for attempting to frame this as anything else but a debate over tax hikes, not cuts:

Exactly. Ryan for the win.

MikeknaJ on December 14, 2010 at 12:57 PM

When the demagoguery ends, then we’ll know that Obama is serious about actually changing his policies and moving toward the middle. Otherwise, this is a tactical surrender and not triangulation at all.

Demagoguery and hypocrisy will never end from the charlatan in chief.

Only hope is that the country remains awake and vigilant.

Schadenfreude on December 14, 2010 at 12:59 PM

only in Washington is not raising taxes considered a tax cut.

money line right there…

cmsinaz on December 14, 2010 at 1:01 PM

only in Washington is not raising taxes considered a tax cut.

Oh Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Big Government for letting us keep OUR money.

portlandon on December 14, 2010 at 1:03 PM

I’ve never crushed on a politician before, but I very much dig Congressman Ryan. He has the intellectual goods and never fails to call BS on the LDM. Well done, Sir.

CantCureStupid on December 14, 2010 at 1:04 PM

a “class warrior” interested in “class warfare.”

Class warriors are generally interested in class warfare.

amerpundit on December 14, 2010 at 1:05 PM

…which replaces the Making Work Pay cut that did nothing for the past two years to stimulate consumption

Making Work Pay is a tax credit. If it were a tax cut, it could only have applied to people who actually paid income tax. As it was applied to the lower income range, it is a handout.

Obama effectively re-branded government transfer payments as “tax cuts”. I gotta give him credit for pulling that off.

forest on December 14, 2010 at 1:06 PM

RYAN: Look, only in Washington is not raising taxes considered a tax cut.

Dear Mr. Ryan I am writing you to say …

msmveritas on December 14, 2010 at 1:06 PM

When the demagoguery ends, then we’ll know that Obama is serious about actually changing his policies and moving toward the middle.  Otherwise, this is a tactical surrender and not triangulation at all.

Obama will never be anything but a dyed-in-the-wool Marxist. We would not surrender our conservative principles for those of a Marxist, why should we expect him to do otherwise?

turfmann on December 14, 2010 at 1:06 PM

I guess this is why Sarah seems to think he is doing a good job. I hope Ryan doesn’t cave.
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letget on December 14, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Paul Ryan? Racist?

Paul Ryan? No Labels Progressive?

Paul Ryan? Young Gun?

PappyD61 on December 14, 2010 at 1:09 PM

TELL MAYOR BLOOMBERG AD blocking HotAir site?

Is Drudge also under attack?

A movie Ad (Affleck) came up earlier and blocked the site.

PappyD61 on December 14, 2010 at 1:12 PM

I cannot wait for 2013 when the GOP will undoubtly raise taxes on the middle class. I know that that is their goal…Obama told me so.

WashJeff on December 14, 2010 at 1:12 PM

PappyD61 on December 14, 2010 at 1:12 PM

That movie garbage happened to me yesterday. I had to cold boot to get out of it.

kingsjester on December 14, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Chris Wallace is a no label kind of liberal.

Rarely do Republicans get equal rebut time in any of news shows FNS is no exception, Ryan was (is) determined (good) to keep the new normal from happening.

Conservatives must demand and take their turn for equal opportunity to express their message in the free market place of ideas.

No more unanswered lies.

Speakup on December 14, 2010 at 1:23 PM

A “class warrior”, huh?

If that’s the case, the Republicans ought to get some single shot whisky bottles to put on their fingers and stand outside Obama’s White House Office clinking the bottles together:

CHINK-CHINK-CHINK-CHINK-CHINK..

WARRRRRRRRRR-I-OR! COME OUT TO PLAY-YE-A!

CHINK-CHINK-CHINK-CHINK-CHINK..

WARRRRRRRRRR-I-OR! COME OUT TO PLAY-YE-A!

CHINK-CHINK-CHINK-CHINK-CHINK..

WARRRRRRRRRR-I-OR! COME OUT TO PLAY-YE-A!

CHINK-CHINK-CHINK-CHINK-CHINK..

pilamaye on December 14, 2010 at 1:24 PM

I cannot wait for 2013 when the GOP will undoubtly raise taxes on the middle class. I know that that is their goal…Obama told me so.

WashJeff on December 14, 2010 at 1:12 PM

He also says the Republicans plan on cutting funding for AIDS research. They really do want us to die quickly.

mizflame98 on December 14, 2010 at 1:24 PM

…this is a tactical surrender and not triangulation at all.

Exactly.

Did I hear Brit Hume on O’Reilly’s show last night say he thought BHO was genuinely triangulating? Couldn’t believe my ears! (BOR disagreed. Said BHO was too zealous to be able to ‘moderate’.)

petefrt on December 14, 2010 at 1:29 PM

Obama Requests Increase in Class Warfare Funding

Mervis Winter on December 14, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Good to see someone in the GOP calling O out on his hate filled, incendiary rhetoric against the “rich” etc.

roninacreage on December 14, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Obama came out today and attacked Ryan, stating that “Ryan is totally wrong, I have no class”…

right2bright on December 14, 2010 at 2:24 PM

I <3 Paul Ryan.

artchick on December 14, 2010 at 3:10 PM

There is no tax cut here.

the Republican NEUTERATI are signing onto a TAX INCREASE on ESTATES!

THIS is the most unfair of all taxes as it taxes savings and investment that has been taxed multiple times over and in spite of that a person or corporation has managed to hang onto a fraction of what they earned.

The REPUBLICANS that go along with this are violating the pledge they just took.

These hostage takers just negotiated away the hostages, the ransom and made hostages of themselves when they had won the argument.

this is an ILLEGITIMATE CONGRESS PASS NO BILL!

dhunter on December 14, 2010 at 3:34 PM

I think we need to create some mandatory reading for Republicans, Ayn Rand would be a good start.

The Expert Knows

HAExpert on December 15, 2010 at 12:04 AM