August 3rd, 2009
12:42 PM ET
6 years ago

Are tax hikes back on the table?

Filed under: Taxes
soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. Bum

    Wow, wait until the August polls come out.

    August 3, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. J.P.

    What makes you fools think tax hikes were ever OFF the table?

    I swear, Obama voters are the same naive simpletons who see street "magicians" and honestly believe they are seeing REAL magic performed.

    August 3, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Mike in LR

    Anyone who believes anything BO says is a fool.

    August 3, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Agitated

    I trust Obama and if there ultimately is a tax increase on the middle class, which I won't believe until I see it, then his past efforts prove to me that there was no other way to acheive the goal. I truly believe that he has our best interest at heart and I'm willing to give him the benefit of doubt. He's one of the few presidents we've had that is smart and also has common sense.

    August 3, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. George

    The white house has dimissed these claims, saying they are all hypothetical claims.

    Geez, you'd think if the white house is dismissing these claims they would let the people who work for the white house who regularly go on public television to speak on behalf of the administration in on their thinking.

    Change fools believe in.

    August 3, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. Dave

    Read my lips..........bwahahahaha. These politicians do not call the shots. They are the puppets.

    August 3, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. chris

    of course are we not shocked they would do this we knew it was comming all the lies we were told buy our new president and his admninistration are crooks

    August 3, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. Pepou

    I hope so. What's wrong about paying more taxes if we have a decent health care system and education.

    August 3, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. bsmith171

    obama has already broken this promise.
    he put a tax on cigarettes.
    who smokes cigarettes?
    poor people.
    smoking has become a class issue in this country.

    August 3, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. Angel

    Tax the RICH - do the whole Robin Hood thing. I worked for tax lawyers, and I KNOW that people who earn $500K plus a year do NOT pay their share of taxes. Right now, we're drowning. Prices are escalating everywhere on daily necessities. If the middle class is taxed any more there won't BE a middle class. I voted Obama - I believed his campaign promises, and if he raises my taxes, HE IS A LIAR. I"m sick of seeing doctors driving fine cars and refusing to treat sick people because they can't afford an office visit. Tax THEM. Tax health insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies HEAVILY and while you're at it, FREEZE PRICES. Force those who are rich to do the heavy lifting for a change.

    August 3, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Frank

    Yup, empty promisses are hard to keep!!! Thanks for the empty promisses you made Mr. President and enjoy the office for the next 3 years since you will be thrown out by the people who elected you in the first place as they will understand how empty your promisses were! Good Luck!

    August 3, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. MaryJo Bruce Surprise, Ariz

    Yes People, once again Mr Obama goes back on his word. I will be the first candidate that will lower taxes. Or we heard No taxes on the Middle class. Hummmm! Who knew. Mr. Obama STOP spending all or our money in the first place. Basic economics, you can't spend what you don;t have. Get it, the 1st graders do...

    August 3, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. jaye

    Well, we've seen what 8 years of tax cuts have done to our country (broken roads, bridges, schools, and bankrupt states), so, why not raise taxes and get our country back on track?
    Why are people so scared of taxes.....taxes keep our communities better!

    August 3, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. Right Leaning Independent

    Ha, Obama just pulled the wool over "Main Street"!!! Too funny that these people believed they would not be affected... A big spending liberal president does not care where the money comes from as long as it is there for him to spend on his agenda. The sooner that you "Main Street" folks understand that, the faster we can stop this train wreck!!!

    August 3, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Dennis

    Obama is finding there aren't enough rich people to pay for all his programs. Boy am I shocked. Guess who's going to pay the brunt of it–the middle class. A blind man could have seen this coming.

    August 3, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. yuri

    Now, that is a hot button issue, not liked by many, especially the rich and rotten. GOP has a stake in it too. Right now, it is not the Govt. that is the problem, but it's the GOP that's.

    August 3, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. Chipster

    No, of course not! We can have all the services we demand and never have to pay for it. Remember Reagan? He taught us that.

    Here's the formula:
    1. Cut taxes.
    2. Spend $5 trillion for services and/or wars.
    3. ....uh, a miracle happens!
    4. And the budget is balanced
    5. Promise no more tax increases.
    6. BORROW.

    We're still waiting for that miracle to happen but, of course, expecting more services.

    August 3, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Rick CT

    It didn't take a genius to figure this out . However, charm and personality was used very successfully to obscure what was evident even before the election. Simply put, there weren't enough evil rich people around to shoulder all the burden for what he propsed to spend. And that was before we found out that his actual bills will be much higher than he tried to make us believe.

    August 3, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Sam Sixpack

    BHO is teaching a new generation of gullible Americans not to trust charismatic liars. Too bad the lesson is so expensive.

    August 3, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  20. Jim Wilkerson

    I love it when they title things in a way to elude to something that didn't actually happen. In this report/video, I didn't see anywhere where Obama backpedalled on his promise to not raise taxes on the middle class. Speculation. All it is. The false title did make me watch it though! Very clever, CNN!

    August 3, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. Keith in Austin

    With a Socialist President and Democrat control of Congress, this is the lameist question possible! Wake up America. The only ones that will benefit from Obama's plans are those on the Government payroll and people expecting entitlements on the backs of hard-working American taxpayers!

    August 3, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. Teknarik

    Now the real truth comes out of President's mouth! Most of us in party of NO already knew that was coming! Just that koolaid drinkers were too busy drinking to understand it...*Sigh*

    August 3, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. T KS

    If your premiums go down a thousand dollars a year and your taxes go up a couple hundred then I think there shouldn't be anything to complain about. Especially if it means guaranteed coverage. Let's see what side these naysayers are on once they're refused coverage or dropped from an employers insurance plan. Then they'll be begging for any help they can get.

    August 3, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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