Playing With Words

Thanks to Ed Morrissey for the inspiration for this one.  Remember Obama’s promise during the campaign for no raising of taxes on the middle class?  He campaigned as a conservative on that point.  Cutting taxes for middle class families is part of an economic boost we could use about now.  Great plan isn’t it?  Remember when George Bush did that?  Chances are you don’t because the mainstream media joined with the political line of the left, relentlessly bemoaning “tax cuts for the rich.”  But everyone paying taxes got a tax cut.  I remember mine and it being a welcome relief.  Those who paid more in taxes naturally saved more.  No matter.  Obama said many times that not only would he not raise taxes on the middle class, he would cut them. 

“I will cut taxes – cut taxes – for 95 percent of all working families, because, in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class.”

He has kept part of his word, in lowering taxes slightly in the short term, but then there’s what he said this week.  And pay close attention to his words.

“The one commitment that I’ve been clear about is I don’t want that final one-third of the cost of health care to be completely shouldered on the backs of middle class families who are already struggling in a difficult economy.

And so, if I see a proposal that is primarily funded through taxing middle class families, I’m going to be opposed to that because I think there are better ideas to do it.”

Last month, the president’s campaign manager, David Axelrod, hinted that the administration is considering taxing health benefits for, among others, middle class Americans.  As Morrissey points out:

“He doesn’t want the burden “completely shouldered” by the middle class, but that leaves a lot of room as to how much they will pay in higher taxes and fees for it. Finally, Obama says he would “be opposed” to such an approach, but never says that he would veto it if it hit his desk.”

These are the slick words of a showman politician.  Unless you pay close attention to them, you can be taken by surprise.  More and more people are paying attention to his words, especially as it relates to healthcare.  Like his promise that you can keep your insurance plan if you like it and that government will never take it away, nor force you into a public plan if you change jobs, even though the legislation says the opposite.

I will contend in more detail over the next weeks that our president is not who many thought he was.  In the meantime, continue checking things out for yourself.  You may be surprised what you learn.