Obama Calls Republicans Hypocrites Over Demanding That Payroll Tax Cut Be Paid For

According to the President, Republicans didn’t want spending cuts to go along with the Bush tax cuts, so why should they want spending cuts to go along with the payroll tax cuts?

President Obama on Monday said he’s puzzled by Republican demands that the cost of the payroll tax cut be paid for elsewhere in the budget.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Obama stressed that he is willing to work with Republicans to find a way to pay for extending the payroll tax holiday, which expires at the end of the month.

But the president also said he’s befuddled by Republican calls to offset the tax cut, claiming Republicans did not make similar demands when George W. Bush was in the White House.

“When the Republicans took over the House at the beginning of this year, they explicitly changed the rules to say that tax cuts don’t have to be paid for,” Obama said. “So forgive me a little bit of confusion when I hear folks insisting on tax cuts being paid for.”

There really wasn’t any need to pay for the Bush tax cuts with spending cuts. I would like to think that Republicans would have supported spending cuts on general principles, given that they’re supposed to be proponents of limiting government, but truth be told federal tax receipts actually grew after the Bush tax receipts were implemented in 2003.

Liberals take it as an article of faith that the Bush tax cuts produced deficits, but that’s wrong. Tax receipts went up fairly quickly after the Bush tax cuts were put in place. Had federal spending growth not outstripped growth in revenues during that same period we would have seen deficit reduction, if not budget surpluses.

It was Republican spending, not Republican tax cuts, that were the problem.

But comparing the Bush tax cuts to these payroll tax cuts is like comparing an apple to a skyscraper. The payroll tax, unlike the taxes impacted by the Bush tax cuts, fund a very specific area of government. Namely, Medicare and Social Security. By cutting the payroll tax, we take money out of those programs worsening their already dire fiscal outlook.

If anyone in Washington DC wanted to be responsible about these payroll tax cuts, they would reduce benefits payments out of Social Security and Medicare to offset the payroll tax cuts.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

Related posts

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    President Clinton’s tax increases raise revenue as well.
    Now what?

    • HG

      And gave us to 2000-2001 recession Bush’s tax cuts helped us out of.

    • mickey_moussaoui

      Clinton rode the coat tails of Regans economy. I pitty whomever follow Obama

      • $8194357

        As well as a manufactured dot com bubble that burst when W. inherited the down side of it..

    • Jfisher17

      But you somehow forget the Clinton capital gains tax cut, which was pushed thru by Republicans. Pesky facts.

  • HG

    The payroll taxes are retirement investments, not very good investments, but investments nonetheless.  The funds are used to pay the retirement benefits of current retirees, hence the term “ponzy scheme”.  To relieve the payroll tax burden of current payees shorts retirees and thus increases the amount of money gov’t then must borrow to meet. 

    This tax holiday is also temporary.  Because it’s temporary, no lasting economic growth is incentivized. 

    If you want to relieve the burden of those paying these taxes in an effort to increase economic activity pemanently, then lower their income tax rates and reduce gov’t spending so as not to exceed tax receipts.

  • http://randysroundtable.blogspot.com/ Randy G

    Liberals lie, about everything, every damn thing. Telling the truth is not possible from a liberal. They are all to be laughed at.

  • WOOF

    Any reminder of the George W Bush administration is Democratic cake and ice cream.

    GW had to call off  a speaking engagement in Switzerland for fear of being arrested as a war criminal.
    On a brighter note for the Ex-President, Zambia’s Prime Minister says GW won’t be arrested.

  • $8194357

    WHAT? Barry using Alinsky #4? Ridicule and criticized the “target”. Cultural Marxist “critical theroy” in play from a Marxist anti Constitutional progressive one world President? Get outta here, everyone knows only the evil conservitives “don’t play fair”, right?

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

       There you go again with your Alinsky #4 tactic:

      “from a Marxist anti Constitutional progressive one world President?” – 7Point

      • $8194357

        His momma and grandpa were self admited communists. His British/Kenyan
        father was a self admited comunist. Father figure, mentor, Frank Marshal Davis, self admited communist. Bill Ayers, mentor, autobiagraphical ghost writer and good friend,self admited communist. Studied self admited comunist Saul Alinsky rules for radicles to the point of teaching the Rules and methods to ACORN new left Democrat communists.Ect.ect.ect..on and on and on..A guy would almost have to be one of Lenins usful idiot “apoligist”. to not see that my statement you quoted me above is in the very least somewhat beleivable with the facts of his past and current self admited van Jones type communists in his administration so if you can still say I am “painting with to broad a brush” and ridicule me by calling me a “raging hypocrit” maybe Alinsky owns you more than you understand because he also preached to accuse your “target” of exactly what you yourself are doing….Democratic “action plan” since Woodrow Wilson and FDR….Go figure..Why if you are a fair minded Christian, do you act as “apoligist” for Alinsky tactics from a book he “dedicated to Lucifer” the father of all lies who Alinsky proudly refers to as “the first radicle”?
        In his “own words”. The Constituion is such a negetive article with all the limits it puts on what the government can’t do to it’s citizen. I want to explore the limits of what the government “can do” . Quoted as saying the document was out dated and irrevelent..Apologise for that for him , son..

        • spudman54

          Nice responce.

      • $8194357

        Since you brought it up….

        The Passing Scene By:
        Dennis M. Patrick
        Date: December 2, 2011
        Be careful little eyes what you see.Be careful little ears what you hear.Many of us learned this Sunday School ditty as kids. Life’s early lessons were meant to protect us as kids as well as adults.Both camps, Democrat and Republican, initiated political campaigns months ago, first with President Obama’s fund raisers, then with Republican wannabes.Addressing what everybody knows, the dominant media (mainstream media or MSM), is in the Democrat camp. Be careful what you see; be careful what you hear. Collusion is the correct word.Do I know this for a fact? No one knows the future. However, past evidence is clear. Witness the pattern of media bias in recent campaigns. There is no reason to believe MSM behavior will change.– Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton had significant ties to radical leftist attorney Saul Alinsky, author of “Rules for Radicals.” Clinton wrote her Wellesley thesis discussing favorably Alinksky’s tactics. The MSM ignored this information during the 2008 presidential campaign.– Obama launched his career in politics in Bill Ayers’ living room. Ayers was a Weather Underground terrorist and was responsible for fatal bombings in the US. Obama and Ayers were more than neighbors but the MSM glanced over this information pooh-poohing the facts.– Jeremiah Wright of the radical left was Obama’s pastor for twenty years. Wright’s inflammatory rhetoric was dismissed by Obama and, true to form, the MSM came to his defense by excusing the relationship if they covered it at all.The MSM relishes the role of “king maker” reinforcing their own liberal agenda by aligning with liberal Democrats. First, they commandeer the selection of the Republican nominee who they think Obama could beat in the general election. Then, once nominated, the MSM does everything it can to tear down the Republican nominee to Obama’s advantage. We’ve seen this before.Fortunately, the MSM is not as prevalent as it used to be. The public in general, and voters in particular, eventually caught on and increasingly shun the biased press in growing numbers. For proof, take a look at the decline in newspaper subscriptions and TV ratings.Journalistic bias is a matter of choice with decisions made by editorial boards. Quite often the choice supports the liberal-progressive agenda.Here is a great example of the MSM’s investigative journalism gone awry. Within a week following Tiger Woods Escalade accident the MSM found most of the women with whom he had had illicit liaisons. They also produced phone and text messages and photographs. The MSM knew that his wife broke the windows in the Escalade and how. Day after day for weeks the MSM kept us current on his rehab and divorce. The point is that the MSM is perfectly capable of effective investigative journalism — when they choose.On the other hand, consider how little we know about Barack Obama two and one-half years after elected president. We don’t know any of his high school or college friends. We’ve never seen any of his college grades or what he wrote. We do not know how he funded his education at Columbia and Harvard. We know little of his visit to Pakistan in the 1980s. We’ve never seen his wife, Michelle’s, thesis on racism written at Princeton. The MSM won’t even produce Obama’s childhood friends and neighbors for comment.The MSM successfully shielded Obama from scrutiny. He is their man and the MSM will do everything to protect him from adverse publicity. They prefer to keep us in the dark. Then we’re supposed to believe that CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC and NPR are giving us the whole truth? Fat chance.Try this. There isn’t a day goes by when the MSM doesn’t give favorable coverage to the President, the First Lady or the First Family. Where are the puff pieces about the spouses and families of Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Ron Paul and others? You’ll look long and hard to find them.Daily the MSM treat us to the allegations of sexual improprieties supposedly committed by Republican Herman Cain. No allegations are substantiated, accusers never filed charges and accusers are unknown except one. On the other hand, darling Democrat John Edwards’ adultery remained quiet until after the National Enquirer broke the story. The MSM had to respond lest their poor journalism become an embarrassment.After a busy day, who wants to slog through MSM propaganda? As the MSM loses revenue paralleling their loss of readers and viewers it falls to the hard left moneyed patrons like George Soros to fund their distortions.You make the call.

  • mikemc1970

    Obama calls all kinds of people all kinds of things. He is a labeler, a divider, someone whose only chance of political success depends on dividing Americans against themselves.