Obama has change of heart about Bush tax cuts as polls favor McCain
By Ross Balano, Midwest Voices Columnist 2008
Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama had a change of heart yesterday about one of his major campaign issues; the Bush Tax Cuts.
The Associated Press quotes Obama as now saying that “he would delay rescinding President Bush's tax cuts on wealthy Americans if he becomes the next president and the economy is in a recession, suggesting such an increase would further hurt the economy.”
Two things struck me about this comment.
First; he uses the term increase. This is the first time I’ve heard him admit that rescinding the Bush cuts would in reality be a tax increase.
Second; he admits that an increase would hurt the economy.
For about as long as he has been running for president, which seems like forever, Obama has been preaching the woes of the Bush Tax Cuts. For those of you in Alma, those are the tax cuts pushed through congress by President Bush that Obama and fellow Democrats claim were “tax breaks for the rich” and are “shrinking the middle class.” Repealing that work of the evil Bush administration was “job one.” So why the change of heart?
Has Obama had an awakening to the fact that the Democrat economic policies of more taxes are flawed? Or, have Democrats decided to abandon the ugly policy of class warfare politics? No to both.
Obama’s hedging his bets are a result of one thing and one thing only; polls! Virtually all of the polls are now showing John McCain either ahead or tied with Obama. USA TODAY has McCain up by 4 and Real Clear Politics, the average of all the major polls, show McCain up by one. This wasn’t supposed to happen, was it? This was supposed to be a cake walk for Obama.
The bloom is off the rose. The American people are too savvy to be fooled for very long. Obama is losing appeal and is getting desperate. Why else would he embrace one of Bush’s ideas?