DNC spokesman: “The Bush tax cuts did some good things for the middle class”

posted at 3:21 pm on June 14, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

The Bush-era tax cuts are set to expire on the first day of 2013, ushering in an immediate half-a-trillion dollar tax imposition on Americans that many in Congress have dubbed “Taxmageddon.” While President Obama and the Democrats try to spin Republicans’ reluctance to raise taxes as protecting their wealthy buddies from paying their fair share, Republicans know better: The last things this economy needs right now are higher taxes on anyone. You can’t isolate the effects of a tax merely to the party to which the tax is being applied. The economic repercussions go all the way down the line — and the neighborhood effects can range from higher prices for consumers to employers laying off workers.

So the RNC had to take note when even a DNC spokesman, communications director Brad Woodhouse, admitted as much during a radio interview (h/t NRO).

“Well, there certainly is support among Republicans to keep the Bush tax cuts, particularly for the upper-incomers, and then they want to go even further. Look, I think that, broadly speaking, Republicans and Democrats don’t want to see, especially at a time when the economy needs all the fuel it can get, don’t want to see us raising taxes on the middle class. So, for example, some of the Bush tax cuts, did some good things for the middle class, and certainly don’t want to see, especially at this time, tax increases on the middle class.”

That’s more or less the gist of what Mitt Romney was saying at an event just yesterday:

“I don’t want to raise the individual marginal tax rate from 35 to 40 percent; I know there are some who think that thats a great way to go after rich people,” Romney said at the Business Roundtable yesterday. “54 percent of America’s workers work in businesses taxed at the individual tax rate — you raise that marginal tax rate from 35 to 40, and you kill jobs,” he said.

President Obama and Senate Democrats want to raise the top tax bracket to 39 percent. “The various proposals to raise income taxes on high-income earners, either by increasing the top marginal rate, closing ‘loopholes,’ limiting deductions, or implementing a minimum tax, would fall very heavily on America’s non-corporate businesses,” The Tax Foundation concluded in an analysis of corporate and small business tax rates.

Right. So, we can all agree that raising taxes is a terrible idea and move on, then? Wait, no? Dang it.


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Wow. The body count is going to be huge by the time this conversation is over.

cynccook on June 14, 2012 at 3:24 PM

They’ll never back off their tax the rich BS, they always need a boogeyman if they’re gonna be the savior swooping to make everything better. Same thing with insurance companies and health care reform, and so on.

gsherin on June 14, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Speaking Truth to Power:
CALLER: It just came to my mind that Mr. Bush has got to be an absolutely incredible individual if, three years after Mr. Obama was immaculated, he still has not been able to undo all the good works that Mr. Bush did.
RUSH: It is amazing, isn’t it? After three-and-a-half years, everything that’s happened the last three-and-a-half years, if it’s all been Bush’s fault, don’t we have evidence enough now to know that Obama can’t deal with it. Obama doesn’t know what to do with it. We need to elect somebody who can stand up to Bush.
CALLER: Absolutely.
RUSH: This guy can’t even rescind tax cuts. This guy can’t fix anything that Bush did. If we reelect Obama, won’t it just be four more years of disaster caused by Bush? Obama’s admitting he can’t fix what Bush did. Why reelect him? If Bush screwed it up so bad we need somebody in there that can fix it. Obama’s been at it three-and-a-half years, he is admitting every day, and he’s gonna do it again today, that he can’t fix it. That’s what he’s saying.

J_Crater on June 14, 2012 at 3:30 PM

The “Bush Tax cuts” actually revived manufacturing which was teetering on failure after the Clinton years. It also staved off complete stockmarket collapse from Enron, 9/11, World Com & Global Crossing fiascos.

Kermit on June 14, 2012 at 3:33 PM

There’s a great piece at Slate called “Dems’ Strange Obsession To Force Republicans To Vote For A Tax Increase.” This argument isn;t about the actual tax rates or the level of taxation, is is all about breaking the Republicans’ ironclad opposition to tax increases and forcing them to vote for raising taxes. The writer has quotes and emails from Democrats saying this is a blatantly political effort.

rockmom on June 14, 2012 at 3:34 PM

This,uh, Woodhouse, needs to be taken behind the Woodshed and get some sense beaten into him.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on June 14, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Erika

Doing a heckuva job here at HA

Keep up the great work
:)

cmsinaz on June 14, 2012 at 3:35 PM

This,uh, Woodhouse, needs to be taken behind the Woodshed and get some sense beaten into him.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on June 14, 2012 at 3:35 PM

I forgot my Axelrod rat sarc tag.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on June 14, 2012 at 3:36 PM

This doesn’t mean that Dubya is any less of a fascist, baby-killing, war criminal.

Bishop on June 14, 2012 at 3:36 PM

the dishonest leftists and their media cheerleaders can’t even say that the bottom rate went from 15 to 10 percent..and that a lot of people were removed from the tax code.

the Bush tax cuts actually increased the progressivity…which is why barry had to lower the payroll tax.

barry believes that the bottom half should pay nothing and get the benes….this is who they are.

r keller on June 14, 2012 at 3:36 PM

So, we can all agree that raising taxes is a terrible idea and move on, then?

Yes and know. We can all agree that it’s a terrible idea, but half of us still want to do it.

hawksruleva on June 14, 2012 at 3:38 PM

rockmom on June 14, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Not surprising that everything they do is about politics. Post the link on here.

gsherin on June 14, 2012 at 3:40 PM

This doesn’t mean that Dubya is any less of a fascist, baby-killing, war criminal.

Bishop on June 14, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Dubya ate kittens for breakfast.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on June 14, 2012 at 3:42 PM

mr woodhouse, that makes you low man now; new meat. here’s your bunk. so um, you’ve got to get the coffee from now on for all us. bill has been bitching about it for 2 weeks. ole cory over there, look at ‘em. poor sap. he just keeps staring out the window, repeating his hostage tape over and over, poor guy. i am sure someone else ‘ll show up soon and take your job.

t8stlikchkn on June 14, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Obama needs a much bigger bus.

Maybe that’s his plan to turn the economy around.

Sir Napsalot on June 14, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Dubya ate kittens for breakfast.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on June 14, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Without any milk.

The Rogue Tomato on June 14, 2012 at 3:45 PM

This is getting to be like the Mormon Tabernachel choir where every member is singing a different song.

Or is that a bad analogy?

NoDonkey on June 14, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Brad Woodhouse DNC-hostage, comment-walkback YouTube video
in 5 …. 4 ….. 3 ….. 2 …… 1 …..

powerpickle on June 14, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Any chance we can get Debbie Wassupman-Schultz to repeat that on all the cable channels?

It would be monster ratings.

platypus on June 14, 2012 at 3:50 PM

And the truth leaks out….one little drip and subsequent “take back” at a time.

ProfShadow on June 14, 2012 at 3:50 PM

J_Crater on June 14, 2012 at 3:30 PM

That’s brilliant! Missed Rush today – watching U.S. Open instead…

There’s a great piece at Slate called “Dems’ Strange Obsession To Force Republicans To Vote For A Tax Increase.” This argument isn;t about the actual tax rates or the level of taxation, is is all about breaking the Republicans’ ironclad opposition to tax increases and forcing them to vote for raising taxes. The writer has quotes and emails from Democrats saying this is a blatantly political effort.
rockmom on June 14, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Because they know conservatives will flip out if any taxes are raised which will create chaos/civil war between GOP factions and weaken turnout. The problem is we have to stop Taxmaggedon yet we don’t control the Senate or W.H. so we’re between the proverbial rock and a hard place. There are so many lo info voters who are susceptible to Dem’s demagoguery and class warfare. Romney (for one) needs to do a better job of splainin’ this in layman’s terms…

Buy Danish on June 14, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Ah yes. I remember the car vs. muffler comparison when Dems were arguing the Bush tax cuts didn’t do anything for the middle class. I have to wonder what made them change their mind and think ending the tax cuts for the middle class would be catastrophic.

taznar on June 14, 2012 at 3:52 PM

The Bush tax cuts were cuts in the year that they took place at this point they are tax rates. Dems wwant to raise the rates. Lots of nuanced use of language here.

Rich on June 14, 2012 at 3:53 PM

This,uh, Woodhouse, needs to be taken behind the Woodshed and get some sense beaten into him.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on June 14, 2012 at 3:35 PM

(I waited…and counted to a thousand)
……they are awfully busy behind that woodshed, with family beatings lately!

KOOLAID2 on June 14, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Dubya ate kittens for breakfast.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on June 14, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Without any milk.

The Rogue Tomato on June 14, 2012 at 3:45 PM

He sprinkled Barney’s toenails, that he pulled when he tortured him, on those kittens. That’s why Barney was so jumpy.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on June 14, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Brad Woodhouse DNC-hostage, comment-walkback YouTube video
in 5 …. 4 ….. 3 ….. 2 …… 1 …..

powerpickle on June 14, 2012 at 3:46 PM

getting Bookered

22044 on June 14, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Is this a signal that Obama is stuck with the cuts and fears letting them expire -as in lots of Dems bounced in November?

Don L on June 14, 2012 at 3:58 PM

They’re going to need a bigger bus.

FlatFoot on June 14, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Obama: “He’s dead to us.”

Ward Cleaver on June 14, 2012 at 3:58 PM

I have to wonder what made them change their mind and think ending the tax cuts for the middle class would be catastrophic.

The smell of tea in the air during 2010 scared the blazes out of them.

Don L on June 14, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Bush’s tax cuts did little of any good, except perhaps for the wealthiest. We got tax increases from his administration, in the form of inflation. And it is the inflation that has given us the economy we have today and Obama to make it worse.

rickv404 on June 14, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Bush’s tax cuts did little of any good, except perhaps for the wealthiest. We got tax increases from his administration, in the form of inflation. And it is the inflation that has given us the economy we have today and Obama to make it worse.

rickv404 on June 14, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Um, just for starters, do you know what the bottom rate dropped to and what percentage of a tax cut it was for that group?

Buy Danish on June 14, 2012 at 4:05 PM

little good? We averaged 5% unemployment? If that’s bad, what’s this?

Wagthatdog on June 14, 2012 at 4:08 PM

And the Republican controlled Congress didn’t have the balls to make it permnant.

Sir Napsalot on June 14, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Say what!? Did a Democrat biggie just admit that the “Bush Tax Cuts” actually helped the middle and lower classes more than they helped the evil rich? Get Former-Speaker Pelosi to admit it, and I might believe the Democrats have a clue.

President Bush signed the tax cuts into law only once. Why don’t the Dems admit that President Obama signed an extension to the “Bush Tax Cuts” in December of 2010? Could it possibly be that they have not heard of it, and are therefore ignorant? For the timeline challenged, the extension was after the November elections. John Boehner and the Republicans had not yet taken over the House. That means, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats still ran congress. 139 of Pelosi’s Democrats supported the tax cuts extension, and 138 Republicans voted yes. Obviously, Sen. Reid and the Senate had the 60 votes necessary to avoid a filibuster from the evil Republicans and passed it. Then Obama signed the tax cuts into law.

Continuing to call these the “Bush Tax Cuts”, is not giving President Obama credit for the one thing he has done that was designed to help all Americans.

WestTexasBirdDog on June 14, 2012 at 6:24 PM