Sen. McConnell: Obama wants to raise taxes on middle class

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that President Obama has been playing “Lucy and the Football” with the fiscal cliff talks because he wants to raise taxes on the middle class without taking the political heat for the policy change.

“They’ve been playing Lucy and the Football with the American people for months,”McConnell said of Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid during a speech on the Senate floor. “They’ve said no to every single proposal that’s been offered to avoid this tax hike — including their own. They’re running out the clock.”

McConnell explained why Obama, according to his thinking, is being so intransigent about the fiscal cliff. “Because the only way to pay for the big government this President wants is by raising taxes on everybody — the super-rich, the rich, middle class, lower class, you name it,”  he said.

“If all you do is whack the so-called rich, you only get enough money about a week of government. So let’s be clear about something: he wants to soak everybody,” McConnell continued. That’s the only way to do it. And that is exactly what he gets if we do nothing. If that wasn’t obvious before this week, it should be perfectly obvious now.


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