Video: CNN spins like a top for regurgitated Obama tax proposal

posted at 2:01 pm on July 9, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

See if you can count the straw men CNN erects in three minutes and 23 seconds, in this interview with Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX). It’s not difficult to lose count, as they come quickly and constantly as Brady rejects the idea that tax increases boost economies.  In the end, Brady predicts that Barack Obama will cave on his tax position, but Brady’s not caving on his:

I’ll just pick up a couple of strawmen — first and foremost, that we’ve had tax cuts for ten years for the rich.  We cut the tax rate eleven years ago, and then again nine years ago, both of which resulted in a healthy and robust recovery that only got derailed by an unrelated government intervention into the housing markets, which created a massive bubble and nearly crippled the global financial sector.  Those rates have been in place for a decade, more or less, unchanged.  We haven’t cut anyincome tax rates since then.  Changing them upward now would be a tax hike, a reality that the media keeps avoiding by calling it an extension of tax cuts that already took place a decade ago.

Second, Obama hasn’t been “cutting taxes like crazy.”  His Making Work Pay cut referenced by one of the hosts amounted to about $8 a week on average for middle-class taxpayers ($16 a week for families), hardly a blip in their tax outlays — and it didn’t do anything to boost the economy.  The payroll tax “holiday” got cooked up by both Democrats and Republicans, has been equally ineffective, and in this case actually takes money from the Social Security trust fund that would otherwise have paid for benefits the same workers expect to draw in the future. He also pushed several gimmicky short-term credits like Cash for Clunkers and the homebuyer tax credit that succeeded only in subsidizing purchases that would have taken place anyway, and stealing demand from future quarters.

Otherwise, Obama has spent most of his time hiking taxes through the ObamaCare bill that is packed with massive taxes and fees even apart from the individual mandate that got ruled a tax by the Supreme Court.  Those taxes, such as on medical devices and the fees and penalties on employers, will get passed along to consumers in the form of higher prices.

Will Obama cave?  Probably, because as I noted earlier, even Democrats refused to go along with this proposal in 2010 and 2011.  Politico makes the same point:

Both sides acknowledge that the again impending expiration of the tax cuts, coupled with deep spending cuts set to kick in automatically — the so-called fiscal cliff — is causing uncertainty in financial markets, and could depress already-anemic growth in a still sluggish economy.

But even lading Congressional Democrats, including Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), have diverged from what the president is now proposing. They prefer letting the tax cuts lapse only on incomes over $1 million — not $250,000, as the White House has proposed.

What CNN and others should be asking is why Obama will only propose a one-year commitment to the current middle-income tax rates in exchange for a tax hike not even Democrats support.  What does Obama plan to do after the one year is up?


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What CNN and others should be asking is why Obama will only propose a one-year commitment to the current middle-income tax rates in exchange for a tax hike not even Democrats support. What does Obama plan to do after the one year is up?

You know what he’ll do, Ed. He’ll use his newfound “flexibility” to hike taxes.

Doughboy on July 9, 2012 at 2:04 PM

In before inthemiddle comes in and goose steps to Obama’s speech.

lorien1973 on July 9, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Allow me to ecapsulate the mind-set of the Communists, in the White House, the Congress and the media:

THE “RICH” ARE THOSE WHO HAVE WHAT WE WANT!

CLASS WARFARE IS NECESSARY BECAUSE THOSE WHO HAVE WHAT WE WANT REFUSE TO GIVE IT TO US!

That’s pretty much it, in a nutshell.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 9, 2012 at 2:06 PM

What CNN and others should be asking is why Obama will only propose a one-year commitment to the current middle-income tax rates in exchange for a tax hike not even Democrats support. What does Obama plan to do after the one year is up?

CNN would never ask that but its an excellent question. I hope somebody will start asking? Maybe Romney. Obama is a big spender and we already know from Iowahawk that taking all the riches of the rich won’t do it for the Government. They need more. And they cannot get it from unemployed, disabled, and the poor. The middle class should gird its loins if Obama is re elected.

magicbeans on July 9, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I’ll throw this one in, too:

THE “RICH” ARE GREEDY FOR WANTING TO KEEP WHAT THEY’VE WORKED HARD TO EARN; BUT THE DICTATORSHIP OF THE PROLETARIAT ARE COMPASSIONATE FOR WANTING TO TAKE WHAT THE “RICH” WANT TO KEEP!

OhEssYouCowboys on July 9, 2012 at 2:08 PM

The middle class has been brainwashed by liberals into thinking that President George W. Bush’s tax cut was entirely for the rich.

If the entire package is allowed to lapse, it will be interesting to see the reaction when all those suddenly-smaller paychecks land.

slickwillie2001 on July 9, 2012 at 2:09 PM

What does Obama plan to do after the one year is up?

If we knew, then it wouldn’t be a secret, would it? Sometimes you just have to trust leaders. It’s part of the new healing process.

a capella on July 9, 2012 at 2:09 PM

In Obama’care’ alone there are 21 tax increases for the middle class and the poor. These are regressive taxes. Thus, Obama hates the middle and poor classes. Period. Basta.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2012 at 2:10 PM

CNN spins like a top spreads their buttcheeks for regurgitated Obama tax proposal

KOOLAID2 on July 9, 2012 at 2:10 PM

If Obama is re-elected, he will NOT cave on the tax cuts, because he’ll have more flexibility then.

The Rogue Tomato on July 9, 2012 at 2:11 PM

What does Obama plan to do after the one year is up?

Let’s just say that Barry will be “flexible”.

GarandFan on July 9, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Nobody is watching CNN so they can say anything they want…it is a dying business.

d1carter on July 9, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Lsm touting all the tax cuts under dear leader

Must have gotten another email alert from Valerie

cmsinaz on July 9, 2012 at 2:13 PM

The Liar in Chief

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2012 at 2:10 PM

You are right. There are Tax Increases for the middle class in IRSCare.

HEY LETS CALL IT IRS-CARE.

IRS-CARE WILL BRING OVER AN ACCOUNTANT TO AUDIT YOUR HEALTH AND TAX YOU TO DEATH.

SparkPlug on July 9, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Obama and his communist propaganda machines never quit.

rplat on July 9, 2012 at 2:13 PM

In before inthemiddle comes in and goose steps dry humps us… to Obama’s speech.

lorien1973 on July 9, 2012 at 2:05 PM

KOOLAID2 on July 9, 2012 at 2:13 PM

What does Obama plan to do after the one year is up?

Hopefully run the U.N.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Tax the Filthy Rich,and the Economy will magically straighten out!!
Press Release/DNC!

(snark)

canopfor on July 9, 2012 at 2:16 PM

IRS-CARE WILL BRING OVER AN ACCOUNTANT TO AUDIT YOUR HEALTH AND TAX YOU TO DEATH.

SparkPlug on July 9, 2012 at 2:13 PM

…and they each have been given a Mossberg now, all 13,000 of them.

Btw, learn how to use one, from the hip.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Until and unless these GOP interview subjects begin to literally stop interviews in their tracks live on the air and start question the Pro-Bama, leftwing editorial worldview whence springeth 99.999% of CNN’s coverage, no GOP Congresscritter deserves any sympathy when they claim media bias.

The opportunity has been right there for a long while, and only a small handful of GOP officials have ever tried this…most famously in my view was the Lynn Cheney “why does cnn carry water for terrorists” interview with Wolf Blitzer. Much much more of this is needed.

Not uncivilly, mind. But every GOP type who goes into an interview on any broadcast network news show or CNN (MSNBC doesnt count because no one watches except Brett Kimberlin and the Unabomber) should already be smart enough to know that theyre about to be sandbagged and thus be fully prepared to stop an iunterview dead int its tracks and start questioning the editorial framing of the interview.

Also, I would advise every GOP elected official or candidate in America to start videotaping and audiotaping every interview with a reporter. Point the camera right at them during the interview and let the reporter know that if theres a problem then theres no interview and 5 minutes after the reporters story appears wherever its going to appear, release the entire video/audio transcript. do not be afraid to question the questioner.

Sacramento on July 9, 2012 at 2:17 PM

SparkPlug on July 9, 2012 at 2:13 PM

If so, then IRS’care’, because it has nothing to do with care.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2012 at 2:17 PM

“But CNN plays it down the middle.”

Name ONE conservative CNN host, just ONE.

bw222 on July 9, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Again, someone, please. How much revenue is Obama proposing based on his tax hikes? And how long will it take to close the deficit if he’s successful?

BKeyser on July 9, 2012 at 2:19 PM

What does Obama plan to do after the one year is up?

Raise taxes of course. The only reason he wants to go one year is to simply put himself on the other side of the election before he nails us.

HotAirian on July 9, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Video: CNN spins like a top for regurgitated Obama tax proposal…it’s probably just because their heads are spinning from the whirlpool effect of being flushed down the toilet…

In April, 2012, CNN delivered its lowest-rated month in total day in over a decade, since August 2001, the month before the September 11 attacks. The once-dominant cable news network posted decade-lows among both total viewers (357,000) and Adults 25-54 (108,000). Versus April last year, CNN was down 21% in total viewers and 29% in 25-54. In comparison, leader Fox News was up 2% in total viewers (1.1 million) and 1% in 25-54 (273,000) and No.2 MSNBC was flat in total viewers (425,000) and down 5% in 25-54 (139,000).

TeaPartyNation on July 9, 2012 at 2:20 PM

LIEPALOOZAGASM!!!

That’s what the next 4 months are going to be like in American Politics.

If you’re a politician or someone in the Media this is your season. Tingles, quivering, ranting, raving, drooling, panting, night sweats, swearing allegiance, saying things you don’t mean just to go along….

….and that’s just that show “HARDBALL”.

PappyD61 on July 9, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Finally I agree with Rep Brady on something. He’s my Rep but have to admit he’s just another big government statist. He’s consistently voted to raise the debt ceiling since ’94, and voted for the NDAA. At least he got this one right.

MoreLiberty on July 9, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Tax the Filthy Rich,and the Economy will magically straighten out!!
Press Release/DNC!

(snark)

canopfor on July 9, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Hey that’s their plan. They parrot that line like mynah birds.

Give them a cracker. LOL*

SparkPlug on July 9, 2012 at 2:21 PM

…………although I’m personally hoping for TEA-NAMI 2

The deeper, higher, faster and more sweeping Tea Party crushing wave on the shores of Progressivism.

PappyD61 on July 9, 2012 at 2:22 PM

It was like a few gnats annoying an elephant.

Gridlock is good. The founding fathers didn’t mean for the cogress to get too much done. I’d like to see them in DC for 3 months out of the year and back home for the rest. Live like the other people, kings and queens.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2012 at 2:23 PM

It’s time to burn the MFM to the ground.

HumpBot Salvation on July 9, 2012 at 2:24 PM

O/T

Fast and Furious: Five charged in agent Brian Terry’s death

The Justice Department on Monday indicted five individuals in the death of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry — a central figure in the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal — and offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of four of them.

[snip]

“Agent Terry served his country honorably and made the ultimate sacrifice in trying to protect it from harm, and we will stop at nothing to bring those responsible for his murder to justice,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.

“This investigation has previously resulted in one defendant being charged with Agent Terry’s murder and taken into custody, and today’s announcement reflects the department’s unrelenting commitment to finding and arresting the other individuals responsible for this horrific tragedy so that Agent Terry’s family, friends and fellow law enforcement agents receive the justice they deserve,” the attorney general continued.

You filthy F N pig!

Flora Duh on July 9, 2012 at 2:24 PM

What does Obama plan to do after the one year is up?

Not a darn thing because he’ll be back enjoying those weekend shootings in Chicago.

JPeterman on July 9, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Stop the printing presses! No, seriously, stop printing money. Oh, and here’s a novel thought—stop spending! Tax and spend liberals believe there’s this never-ending fountain of flowing money while the federal government plunges further in debt. For you liberals that thought the Tea Party Patriots were a fluke in 2010, just watch what happens in November. Keep up the class warfare Mr. Obama—it’s all you’ve got—while the middle class just received the largest tax increase in U.S. history, thanks to this new entitlement, “affordable health care”—now that’s a joke—just like this administration of clueless big spenders. Five trillion in new debt, and not a job to be found. He’s an economic genius!

Rovin on July 9, 2012 at 2:24 PM

What CNN and others should be asking is why Obama will only propose a one-year commitment to the current middle-income tax rates in exchange for a tax hike not even Democrats support. What does Obama plan to do after the one year is up?

We know exactly what he actually wants… to raise taxes on everyone. He wants a socialist/communist economy where there is no private enterprise, and the government runs the whole show, ostensibly to make “everything fair for everyone”. Ignore the fact that it has never worked anywhere that it has been tried, and in fact leads to an even larger wealth disparity between the ruling aristocracy and the plebian masses and complete dissappearance of a middle class at all… I’m sure it will work this time.

gravityman on July 9, 2012 at 2:26 PM

You filthy F N pig!

Flora Duh on July 9, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Flora Duh:Veddy Good,its in AP/EDS hands,15 minutes ago!)
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http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/July/12-ag-856.html

canopfor on July 9, 2012 at 2:28 PM

To express this mathematically:

Tax the wealthy, the job creators, the risk takers
+ unicorns gamboling through the meadows
_____________________________________________
= Prosperity for Everyone!!!

AubieJon on July 9, 2012 at 2:29 PM

What does Obama plan to do after the one year is up?

It’ll be Romney’s problem by then.

Scrappy on July 9, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Hey lib’s, how the “let’s raise taxes meme” working out for you? My guess is this won’t last long until they move on to something else, the CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC & CBS reporters don’t like to defend bad policies.

Tater Salad on July 9, 2012 at 2:34 PM

How about slashing our corporate tax rate (the highest in the world), no strings attached, for 10 years? I guess the Left doesn’t want those evil, racist corporations to hire Americans.

visions on July 9, 2012 at 2:35 PM

CNN? Well that means at least 10,000 people saw that interview.

jukin3 on July 9, 2012 at 2:36 PM

……by the way Rep Brady was pretty good on this, we need to see more of him.

Tater Salad on July 9, 2012 at 2:36 PM

But what ever you do…

… don’t cut any spending.

Seven Percent Solution on July 9, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Obviously, ratings gold for CNN.

locomotivebreath1901 on July 9, 2012 at 2:37 PM

No one person and no one entity in the entire history of the United States of America has worked harder at intentionally and definitively dividing all Americans with contrived racism and sexism, usurping the American can-do teamwork spirit with unrelenting class warfare, and to manifest deep seated loathing and utter contempt for successful hard working job-creating Americans among their fellow countrymen than President Barack Hussein Obama and his Democrat lapdogs — no oneever.

Yet, still there is a very real probability that Barack Hussein Obama will be reelected to a second and final term by an abundance of the American electorate that is all but void of intelligence, commonsense, conscience, and honesty.

I really want to wake up from this nightmare.

FlatFoot on July 9, 2012 at 2:38 PM

You filthy F N pig!

Flora Duh on July 9, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Good lady, they are clean good critters.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2012 at 2:38 PM

The Republicans should be pointing out that Obama’s running on a pledge to raise everyone’s taxes a year after he’s re-elected.

BadgerHawk on July 9, 2012 at 2:40 PM

No one person and no one entity in the entire history of the United

States of America has worked harder at intentionally and definitively dividing all Americans with contrived racism and sexism, usurping the American can-do teamwork spirit with unrelenting class warfare, and to manifest deep seated loathing and utter contempt for successful hard working job-creating Americans among their fellow countrymen than President Barack Hussein Obama and his Democrat lapdogs — no one — ever.

Yet, still there is a very real probability that Barack Hussein Obama will be reelected to a second and final term by an abundance of the American electorate that is all but void of intelligence, commonsense, conscience, and honesty.

I really want to wake up from this nightmare.

FlatFoot on July 9, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Then vote, take someone with you to vote and if need be vote for your dead relatives (if you can’t beat’em, join’em).

Tater Salad on July 9, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Congressman Brady has Christine Brady wringing her hands…it’s hard out here being a Dear Leader pimp.

d1carter on July 9, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I met that fella–Kevin Brady– in the Rayburn Bldg on the weekend of the Obamacare vote in Mar 2010. Nice guy.

ted c on July 9, 2012 at 2:48 PM

0 has 0. Funny!

Bmore on July 9, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Phil Donahue questions Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman about “greed”, and here’s what Milton Friedman had to say.

ITguy on July 9, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Brady wasn’t going to let them get their quips in by talking over him.You can see the desperation and frustration on her face.Great theater.

docflash on July 9, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Neither side will cave before the election. Obama has been successful with the “fair share” theme and this perpetuates that. Exactly why he re-raised the issue today.

This will dominate the media for the next couple of weeks just as the illegal immigration executive order did a couple of weeks past.

Expect these kinds of stunts from ‘O’ every couple weeks between now and November as he leads the national conversation while Romney is tries to wag the dog from the hind end.

Once again, the D’s have the players that control the game and the R’s are left to play prevent defense.

Carnac on July 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM

It’s not a tax.

It’s penalty for being successful.

Ben Hur on July 9, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Who is the cute blonde bimbo that kept reading talking points off her CrackBerry like Mika does? She needs to shut up and just listen but keep looking at the camera. I bet she has piano legs and a muffin-top belly, though.

ExpressoBold on July 9, 2012 at 3:46 PM

The Pravda network uses Sal Alinsky tactics too, just like all good Marxists.

kirkill on July 9, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Every job not destroyed by Obama was “saved or created by him.”

And every penny not confiscated from private individuals by Obama is a “tax cut.”

Sure it all sounds like complete lunacy. But if you think of Obama as God, then everything the media says about him makes perfect sense.

logis on July 9, 2012 at 4:12 PM

We’re never going to see a penny of that so-called tax cut. Obama will do the same thing Bill Clinton did. He promised a middle class tax cut, and then, once safely elected, he told us “Sorry suckers. You’re out of luck.”

hachiban on July 9, 2012 at 4:39 PM