Obama lauds payroll tax cut extension
December 23rd, 2011
01:31 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama lauds payroll tax cut extension

(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Friday that Congress's extension of the payroll tax holiday is "some good news just in the nick of time for the holiday."

But "we have a lot more work to do. This continues to be a make-or-break moment for the middle class in this country," he said.


Filed under: President Obama • Taxes
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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The "jerk" you right wingnuts refer to is now living in Texas. Thank God!

    December 23, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. Gurgi

    Hmmmm, SS is solvent until 2052,,,,,SS is solvent until 2033,,,,,,,typical lying liberal spin. Funny thing about it is, they can't get their lies straight.

    December 23, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. Larry L

    @Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    "What total BS. Harry Reid and the Democrats are the ones calling the shots in the Senate."
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    Think. Republicans in the Senate have blocked all debate and votes for almost three years. They have used 95 filibusters and even blocked their own initiatives. Remember – the minority leader's only goal was defeat of the President in the 2012 election. That is the only thing Republicans in the Senate have worked toward – that and protecting the wealthy. You're spending too much time watching Sean, Rush and Glenn.

    December 23, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Truth somebody wrote:

    What total BS. Harry Reid and the Democrats are the ones calling the shots in the Senate.
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    You really need to stop trying to spin everything one way. You are losing your insight into the issues.

    Democrats are the majority party in the Senate, but it has been Republicans who have wielded the filibuster. Face the facts. The Republicans wanted the pipeline, while Democrats wanted the extension on the tax cut. McConnell wore Democrats down to the ground. I think a mere two month deal that included the pipeline was caving in to brinksmanship. McConnell knew that he had won, which is why he had his Senate caucus vote overwhelmingly for the compromise he worked out.

    December 23, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The social security trust fund has over $2.6 trillion in it,
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    Yoiu mean $2.6 trillion in paper IOUs from Uncle Sam right? Where they going to get the money to pay them back? Raise taxes to pay you back the taxes you already paid (PONZI!)?? Borrow the money from China?? (MORE DEBT AND INTEREST EXPENSE) Or just CUT benefits or increase retirement age because they money was stolen and not properly invested??? (thank you Uncle Same for thinking about MY retirement needs!)

    December 23, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    crawbar

    Dominican mama, soon, with this je rk you are proud of, you will not feel yourself any different than in Dominican republic if he stays in office. Before you become proud of anything, educate yourself.
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    Might want to try educating yourself before throwing stones at others.

    December 23, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    SecedingfromTexas

    And a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all of you too! Enjoy the "down time" while our
    Congress enjoys another month long vacation. Hopefully this relief will give many the breathing room they need.
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    Back at you, SecedingfromTexas. Merry Christmas everyone!

    December 23, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If you don't count the $11 trillion of our national debt (Bush's TARP brings it to almost $12 trillion), that the conservative republicans spent like drunken sailors, then you can blame president Obama for the rest, by his trying to get us out of a near depression and an unfunded unnecessary war.

    December 23, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. vic , nashville ,tn

    Republicans wasted 6 days for nothing, Obama can’t fix broken congress so we have send democrats to take over congress in 2012

    December 23, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    somebody wrote:

    The White House and Congress not leading nor acting in the interest of the Country and its People. All they do...set "Political Traps" for each other to score political points.
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    Traps? What traps? House Republicans dug themselves into the corner in which the found themselves. Democrats didn't ask them to go out and sign sacri-pledges with Norquist. Democrats didn't ask them to come to Washington and make sure that every spending iincrease was paid for with cuts elsewhere.

    Democrats most certainly didn't ask Republicans to oppose the tax cut extensions, either. Democrats did notice that Republicans were systematically chopping away wiggle room on upcoming tax issues. So when the time came, Democrats merely took a step back and said, "Now what are you going to do?"

    December 23, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If we had turned social security over to Wall Street like Bush and the republicans wanted, that $2.6 trillion would now be worth under $1.9 trillion.

    December 23, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. Gemini Girl

    You Repub ppl posting here must really be embarrassed by your Clown Car candidates. The only one who is half-way decent is Jon Huntsmann. So of course, he is is polling very low, he is too smart, too sensible, has foreign policy experience, you guys don't want somebody like that, nah!

    December 23, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    crawbar

    Dominican mama, soon, with this jerk you are proud of, you will not feel yourself any different than in Dominican republic if he stays in office. Before you become proud of anything, educate yourself.
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    Beautiful country my native land.
    Very well educated thank you and abreast of the garbage that the GOTeatards feed to their base as the truth in order to keep them ignorant, scared, and perpetually (if you're part of the middle class) voting against their own interests.
    Thanks ever so.

    December 23, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. EatRunDive

    Politics is class warfare, and the Republicans seem determined that the middle class lose.

    If your not making 6 figures and still vote Republican, you're a fool.

    December 23, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. willie floyd

    Have any of you with your SS comments bothered to google SS.gov.?? Try it and stop speaking until you know what you're talking about. Pres. Obama pushed very hard for a bill to begin infrastructure, which we greatly need, that would have created many more jobs than this stupid pipeline. I guess the Reps. think filling their oil buddies pockets more important than the health of many people who may become ill from this pipeline going through their state!! Building more refineries to enable us to keep our oil here rather than sending it overseas should create quite a few jobs also.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    December 23, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Do all republicans get their talking points from foreign owned media, Fox, Limbaugh and Beck? It sure sounds like it.

    December 23, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. willie floyd

    oops! Forgot to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and holiday season.

    December 23, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    I know the Obama administration doesn't like to blow its' own horn, so jus this once I will do it for them.

    CHECKMATE!

    December 23, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    "And so Obama and the dems keep playing "kick the can." And "we don't need no stinkin' pipeline jobs." I

    Dude, you need to turn off Fakes News and lose your BS talking points propaganda. The entire project involves about 5-7 thousand jobs lasting one year. In the meantime, two or three Keystone investors are suing to get out of the deal because of the likelihood of pipeline overcapacity, meaning the project may be a financial failure (which would also mean no way to cover environmental costs in case of a disaster, which will be made more likely due to reduced maintenance when revenues don't come in as expected). So there you have it: a whole bunch of confirmed facts that lead to one conclusion. This is project is more corporate welfare/pork for the hidden elites who care nothing about the environment or the rest of us. Including you.

    December 23, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Rudy NYC and my girl Lynda/Minnesota:
    If the Democrats in office stood up for and supported each other the way we stand up for one another on this site it would be a completely different ballgame. Thank you both, and the merriest of holidays to you.

    December 23, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    @Dominican mama 4 Obama : Great answer. You didn't bite. Thanks, ever so much for making my day.

    December 23, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    If we had turned social security over to Wall Street like Bush and the republicans wanted, that $2.6 trillion would now be worth under $1.9 trillion
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    Versus the $0 that is there now? You think the government has $2.6 in its back pocket to pay this?! I'll take the $1.9 trillion!

    December 23, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Rudy NYC and my girl Lynda/Minnesota:
    If the Democrats in office stood up for and supported each other the way we stand up for one another on this site it would be a completely different ballgame. Thank you both, and the merriest of holidays to you.◄

    Can I get an AMEN!!!!!!!!! Come to think of it – Maybe they are paying attention to us and the reason why they stood their grounds!!!!!!!

    Obama 2012 – HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!

    December 23, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Peggy – TX
    "Truth and Nothing But the Truth" would not know the truth if hit him in the head like a brick.
    Obviously you are just another old white male disappointed in with the world not giving you the respect you deserve, distrustful of the Government, not a single clue about the reality of the current situation so you just continue to repeat false snippets of lies that you head on Faux news or the like regardless of how ridiculous they are in reality and angry as the world is not the white-washed world the 50s pretended it should be.
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    As usual, no facts to rebut what I said so you resort to personal attacks, Someday you may regain consciousness and see how the real world works, but I doubt it. Learn to adapt or be left in the dust. Looks like you have chosen to eat dust.

    December 23, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Greg:
    Are you new to this site or just not very observant?
    I've been voting in this country for decades.
    Ever hear of the United States Department of Naturalization?
    You Righties need to get out more, and when you do MINGLE! You might discover that Jose is NOT an illegal, but a bona fide citizen of these great United States, among other things.
    Feliz Navidad! lol!

    December 23, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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