Obama to campaign on 2010 re-run

posted at 8:41 am on July 9, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Some believe Barack Obama has run out of ideas on the economy — like, for instance, the Washington Post, which wondered aloud about that very problem last week:

Obama’s message on his two-day bus tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania has been twofold. First, he pointed to modest signs of progress in rebuilding the economy–the health of the auto industry is his principal case study across Ohio’s northern tier. At the same time, he warned that the medicine offered by Romney and the Republicans is exactly the wrong prescription.

As he said here Friday morning, “We tried it, and didn’t work.”

But it has become increasingly difficult for the president to argue that what he has tried is working well, or that he has something new to offer. Each month that the economy produces fewer jobs than are needed just to keep pace with population growth adds to the burden the president faces as the clock ticks toward November.

As if to prove that very point, the White House plans to announce today that Obama will propose a “new” policy — to raise taxes on everyone making $250,000 a year or more, just as he did in 2010 and 2011:

President Obama on Monday will propose a one-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for people earning less than $250,000, his latest election-year effort to appeal to middle-class voters.

The president will make the announcement during an 11:50 a.m. East Room event, joined by families and workers who would benefit from the initiative, White House officials said.

The move is likely to set up another standoff with Republicans in Congress, who support extending the tax cuts permanently for all income levels, not just those earning less than $250,000 per year.

But the White House is calculating that forcing the GOP to reject the president’s proposal would put Republican lawmakers in a difficult position at a time when many Americans are struggling in a tough economy.

This is so unserious it almost descends into parody.  Even Democrats in the Senate last year didn’t bother to push the $250,000 cutoff that Obama proposed while he was in the midst of his Occupy fervor.  They ended up bumping the limit to a million dollars — and still didn’t get it through Congress.  Chuck Schumer complained with some justification that $250K in his state was a middle-class income.

Meanwhile, the Champion of the Middle Class proposes to exchange the tax hike on people making $250K for … what?  A one-year extension of the Bush-era tax rates for people earning below that level.  That’s actually a worse deal than Obama proposed in 2010 and 2011.  In fact, it’s a worse deal than the two-year extension on all tax rates Republicans won after Democrats got skunked in the 2010 midterms.

A one-year extension won’t convince middle-class earners to invest their money or take more risks.  All it will do is confirm that Obama plans to hike taxes on the middle class in a second term.  If not, why propose a one-year extension rather than proposing making the Bush-era rates on those earners permanent?

Obama is indeed out of ideas.  Now he’s giving us reruns of his greatest … misses.


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The man is a socialist fool who can only repeat the same failed socialist crap again, and again, and again… The majority of voters are not as stupid as Obama and his socialists think they are… These fools never learned anything from the 2010 elections… great for us…

mnjg on July 9, 2012 at 1:22 PM

His entire campaign is aimed at low information voters. Unfortunately, there are more of them around than we think.

TarheelBen on July 9, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Is “low information voter” the politically correct expression for “stupid”? :)

Yes there are a lot of stupid people in the country and unfortunately they have the right to vote. The democrat party only exist because of stupid parasites who vote. Imagine if only tax payers can vote whereas the parasites who do not pay taxes are not allowed to vote… The democrat party would cease to exist if this is the case….Remember that only property owners and tax payers were allowed to vote until 1850…

mnjg on July 9, 2012 at 2:03 PM

He’s relying on the negative campaign, and so far in the swing states its working.

ProfessorMiao on July 9, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Based on what you say it is working? The polls are all over the place in the “swing states” and if you average them it is a tie, and Obama is not breaking 46% in these swing states which means it is a disaster come November because the vast majority of undecided break to the challenger ( in this case Romney) as it has alawys been the case in every elections.

Remember this fact, if Obama loses 15% of the White voters who voted for him in 2008 then he is going to lose the elections… It is that simple…

mnjg on July 9, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Obama wants us to have IRS-Care with a DMV level of service at the speed of US Snail-Mail.

SparkPlug on July 9, 2012 at 2:17 PM

This is Odullasdishwater applying the Alinsky tactic of repetition. This is not rinse and repeat, there’s no rinse in this cycle. It’s Pete and Repeat were in a boat, Pete fell out and who was left? Repeat. Pete and Repeat were in a boat, Pete fell out and who was left? Repeat. Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat until it bores you into death-like apathy and you’re so sick of hearing it, you run away screaming and don’t know if you’ll ever come back. That affects only people who think. The masses of nonthinking idiots just slurp it up and drool over him even more, waiting for more of that nonexistent Obamacash which is like waiting for Godot.

stukinIL4now on July 9, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Tell me what Communist idea hasn’t Obama tried?

Maybe he would like to try and beat FDR’s record for worst depression yet.

tarpon on July 9, 2012 at 7:10 PM

All Obama has to offer is gloom and doom socialism while he and the big Mooch live the high life on our tax dollars.

jqc1970 on July 9, 2012 at 7:27 PM

The voting and results in November will make the historic results in 2010 look small when the American voters will vote to regain our country that Obama has damaged. One term.

Amazingoly on July 10, 2012 at 8:26 AM

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