Obama: Public is ‘sold’ on tax increases in a debt-ceiling deal
President Obama will say anything to get his beloved tax increases. The Hill reports that on Friday Obama kept up the pressure on Republicans to agree to revenue increases in a deal to raise the debt ceiling, claiming 80 percent of the public supports Democrats’ demand for tax increases. “The American people are sold,” Obama said. “The problem is members of Congress are dug in ideologically.”
Throughout the press conference, Obama blasted Republicans for ignoring what he said is the will of the American people by rejecting tax increases that would balance out spending cuts in a debt package.
I hope [Republicans are] not just listening to lobbyists and special interests … I hope they’re listening to the American people as well,” Obama said, citing “poll after poll” showing Republican voters, as well as Democrats, believe in taking “a balanced approach” — including both increased revenues and spending cuts in a plan to cut the deficit.
Obama said he is still pushing for a “big” deal to raise the debt ceiling by the August 2 deadline despite the hardening of positions on Capitol Hill. “I always have hope,” Obama said. “Don’t you remember my campaign?”
Sadly, I do remember it all too well. I don’t know what poll Bambi is quoting – couldn’t find one that showed 80% of Americans want our government to raise our taxes. Just more hot air coming from a man who wants to “fundamentally transform America”. More “hopeandchange” for you.