Obama Tacks Back to the Left on Economy

Tuesday, 20 Sep 2011 11:10 AM

By Newsmax Wires

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
President Barack Obama apparently has abandoned his effort to compromise with Republicans. In a fiery speech Monday, he insisted that he won’t accept cuts in Medicare without tax increases on the wealthy. Those comments played well among the president’s liberal Democratic base, Politico reports.

From the beginning of Obama’s presidency up until now, “his inclination was to say, ‘Look, the economy is going off a cliff. This is not a time for us to be talking past each other. We have to work together,’” said Jared Bernstein, a former top administration economist.

But now Obama has changed, he said.

“It’s absolutely legitimate to exhaust every possible avenue of that strategy — but once you’ve done so, you have to take it outside that process and go directly to the people,” said Bernstein, who worked for Vice President Joe Biden.

Meanwhile Republicans protest that by going after the wealthy on taxes, Obama is practicing class warfare, though he denies it. Everyone from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan to the Karl Rove-backed American Crossroads super PAC made that point, Politico reports.

Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio cited these words from Obama specifically: “Either we ask the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share in taxes, or we’re going to have to ask seniors to pay more for Medicare.”

Collegio said those remarks show “the president is explicitly driving a wedge between Americans. That’s not leadership, that’s borderline demagoguery.”





© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Obama to Hollywood Donors: People Are Disenchanted With Politics

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 15:43 PM

President Barack Obama told Hollywood donors gathered at a private home Thursday that most Americans don't have time to  . . .

Obamacare Fight Could Hurt GOP in Swing-State Vote

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 13:29 PM

To appreciate the complex political calculations Republicans now face in attacking Obamacare, consider this: Almost 1.4  . . .

GOP, Conservatives Wage War on the 'War on Women'

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 13:27 PM

Republicans and conservative groups are waging war on the "war against women."
 . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved