During a press briefing today, Press Secretary Jay Carney called out John Boehner and the GOP for the bogus reasons behind their refusal to raise taxes on millionaires.
On another note, before I take your questions, I just happened to be reading before I came back here to speak with you an account of an encounter that the Speaker of the House had with reporters this morning, and I had to laugh because he was asked, the Speaker was, about whether or not he could name any small businesses that were affected by a surtax on millionaires and billionaires, the likes of which the Senate Democrats have put forward as a pay-for for the payroll tax cut extension and expansion.
He said a lot but he didn’t name any, and the fact of the matter is, it’s more evidence that the number-one talking point of Republicans in refusing to ask millionaires and billionaires to pay just a little bit more so that 160 million working Americans can get a tax break is bogus, even by their definition of small businesses, which allows for investment advisors and law partners and others who file their small business — their business income under personal income at more than a million dollars — it’s still fewer than 1 percent of all small businesses.
So I just urge everyone who reports on this, when they dutifully repeat the pushback from Republicans about why doing what the American public overwhelmingly supports is not a good thing to do, that their number-one reason for that is false. Just not backed up by the facts.
The Obama administration is trying to put pressure on the media to actually report the facts about increasing taxes on millionaires and billionaires, but as we all know the mainstream media has no time for facts. The point is that when the media actually pushes the Republicans about why they don’t support raising taxes on millionaires and billionaires, they can’t come up with any specific examples that would be hurt by the increase.
The reality is that the “job creators” are a myth. There is no evidence that increases taxes on the wealthy will prevent jobs from being created. This is nothing but a tall tale woven out strands of tattered conservative economic ideology first attempted by Ronald Reagan. There is no factual basis for the Republican opposition. Boehner and the GOP will stubbornly attempt to defy the will of the people, but the question is, how long will they be able to continue to say no to the desires of the electorate that they represent without jeopardizing their political future?
The statement from Carney was striking in its directness. The White House isn’t arguing this issue anymore. The Obama administration is calling out the lies of those who are standing in the way of taxes being raised on millionaires and billionaires. There isn’t going to be anymore pretend discussions about the job creators. The White House is coming after the Republican Party on this issue, and you can count on President Obama challenging the false reasoning of the GOP.
Republicans can continue to fight for the interests of the few, while Obama battles for the 160 million Americans who would benefit from an extension of the payroll tax cut. This is a trade that Obama is happy to make.