President Obama to make statement
December 5th, 2011
12:59 PM ET
3 years ago

President Obama to make statement

(CNN) - President Barack Obama will make a statement to reporters at the White House at 1:30 p.m. ET Monday.

A White House statement said Obama would urge "Republicans in Congress to join Democrats to ensure taxes don't go up on middle class families next year."


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  1. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAhadists

    This is further evidence that the Teapublicans are more concerned with protecting tax breaks for the rich. They will rather have taxes go up on th emiddle class rather than ask the rcih to pay their fair share. And closing loopholes is no where near a "fair share." They need to go to a rate a little more than what they were paying under Clinton. This welfare for the rich is UNAMERICAN!

    December 5, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Me in MN

    In layman's terms it would be something like "hey, GOP, pull your heads out of your #@%es to do something for the working Americans instead of just the one percent."

    December 5, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. DEvelon

    it wont help they would risk the economy and the middle class before they give im credit for anything.

    December 5, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. MTATL67

    If the GOP does let our taxes go up next year they will more than guarantee mass loses in 2012. The best campaign weapon for President Obama is the GOP candidates and Congressional Republicans failures.

    December 5, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. enodot

    really, the Republiteas are going to "WORK" together with the Dem's. What would the Puppet Master Grover do since he controlls all the Right Wing politicians along with Rush....
    Drink Koch Kool-Aid and be refreshed to fight for the 1% !!

    December 5, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. PA_outofwork

    Another teleprompter speech before another vacation, OMG = Obama Must Go.

    December 5, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. Orchid333

    Although I respect it, this is a fruitless effort by our President. This GOP congress has no desire to help the middle class, only the upper-class who line their pockets. It's a sad world we live in today.

    December 5, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Paul_has_it_right

    As a libertarian I would ask Obama to follow the constitution and cut spending.

    December 5, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. Malory Archer

    Paul_has_it_right, President Obama has agreed to spending cuts. However, he wants EVERYONE to feel the pain, not just the poor & middle class.

    December 5, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. enodot

    Let's try this CNN, the Republicans, Lebertarians and Tea Party followers should ask their Congress "What have you done for me lately"

    December 5, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. Toontje

    Why wouldn't you guys UNDERSTAND THIS: You shove money in the hands of the rich, they will stash it somewhere. Why would they be compelled to create jobs? Their primary goal is to make a profit! Employment is a byproduct of that. I'm sure that most employers won't think twice to fire you if they could continue do business with the same profit margins but without you.
    Spending is what's driving the market. The day to day comsumption levels of the 1% is roughly the same as the 99% (i.e. they won't be buying 10 loafs of bread a day just because they're rich). But increase the spending power of the 99% and new cars, IPads, things and more things will be bought, thus driving business to a higher plain than the usual trickle down economics.

    December 5, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. enodot

    Orchid is RIGHT! This GOP Congress has NO INTENTION to HELP THE MIDDLE CLASS! Only Themselves and their 1% Buddies.
    So when you blame POTUS look at who YOU ELECTED and ask "What have they done for me"....nothing

    December 5, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. enodot

    Well said Toontje!

    December 5, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. diridi

    Vote all the GOP and Congress out of office in next election. Obama, raise the tax on rich...please.

    December 5, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Marry

    @MTATL67
    If the GOP does let our taxes go up next year they will more than guarantee mass loses in 2012. The best campaign weapon for President Obama is the GOP candidates and Congressional Republicans failures.

    I could not agree more. If we now replace the “pledges” in the House and Senate, and the President gets people that he can work with, we could lock fairly confident into the future!

    December 5, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    Just more political grand standing.

    December 5, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    Between 60% and 70% of Americans making over $1 million have said in polls that they WANT their taxes to be raised.

    The GOP refuses to do so.

    The only conclusion is that the GOP represents an extremely small, obscenely wealthy group of Americans who are putting their own interests ahead of the nation's. The GOP is their facilitator in this.

    Pretty freakin' ironic (not to mention treasonous) when you consider how much lip-flapping the GOP has been doing these last three years about how they listen to the "will of the people."

    December 5, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    ""Republicans in Congress to join Democrats to ensure taxes don't go up on middle class families next year.""

    But you see, Ayatollah Norquist has issued a fatwah declaring that allowing the payroll atx cuts for the middle-class to expire is NOT raising taxes...while firmly maintaining his dogmatic stance that allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire for the wealthy IS raising taxes. Such is the self-contradictory, enigmatic nature of religion....BUT LO', YE UNDEREDUCATED AND CONFUSED MASSES...YE WERE NOT MEANT TO FATHOM THE MYSTERIES OF PLUTOCRACY, ONLY OBEY AND APPRECIATE YOUR TABLE SCRAPS!!! NOW WASH HIS HOLY FEET!!!

    December 5, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    "I would ask Obama to follow the constitution and cut spending."

    Another internet lawyer, huh? You obviously don't have a clue about the Constitution and what it says.

    December 5, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Paul_has_it_right wrote:

    As a libertarian I would ask Obama to follow the constitution and cut spending.
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    I think your remark symbolizes the misconceptions and stereotypes that conservatives try to paint on liberals. Liberals do not like to spend money if it causes a deficit, no more than liberals want to see tax cuts that create deficits. While cutting spending is one way to reduce the deficit, it is not the only way.

    Another deceptiive narrative pushed by conservatives is that the Obama administration has created record deficits through increased spending, which is not true. The Obama administration has spent relatively less than the Bush adminsitration. The increased deficits are a result of less revenue due to higher unemployment, and *tax cuts* that have not produced the jobs that were predicted when the cuts were enacted.

    December 5, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Why is that *all* Republicans suddenly stopped talking about "the will of the American people" and similar catch phrases?

    I've been noting since the month of August that Republicans have stopped using the phrase "middle class", too. The replaced "middle class" with "class warfare", in case you haven't noticed.

    December 5, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |