Battle themes emerge for deficit reduction fight in Congress
September 18th, 2011
05:28 PM ET
11 years ago

Battle themes emerge for deficit reduction fight in Congress

Washington (CNN) - There is a war going on in Washington, and the politicians waging it can't even agree on what kind it is.

To Republicans, President Barack Obama and Democrats are waging class warfare by proposing tax reforms that would make wealthy Americans pay more than they do now.


Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Democrats • President Obama • Republicans • Taxes
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. diridi

    tax the rich....that's it...o.k,

    September 18, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. BigJim

    class warfare is when ceo making $24 million a year close USA factories, fire tax paying American worker who spend their paycheck here then move mfg plant to china and staff their new shanghai business with communist chinese workers who dont pay USA taxes and dont spend their pay at our small USA businesses.
    I have a hard time understanding how high paid executives cant see that killing USA jobs will kill demand that was created by the jobs we had prior to globalization.

    September 18, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    The "war" is imaginary. Obama is simply campaigning. The way he campaigns, is to make it appear, he cares about the underprivileged, but of course he obviously doesn't, as he has done nothing to create the jobs needed by that group of people.

    Everything Obama does is about campaigning, because in the end he has only demonstrated 2 skills.....campaigning and squanderous spending.

    September 18, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. MaryM

    Boehner is out. Tea party freshman are out. Tea party will be DOA in two years. Wait and see.

    September 18, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. BigJim

    At some point, if we continue shipping American jobs to other countries, a " tipping point "will be reached when consumer spending strangled by low wages sends the economy into a recession far worse than 1930s and will not recover with only lowing paying non-manufacturing jobs left to rebuild the consumer demand. At this point deflation would be a strong possibility which will be a disaster for that top 10% who own everything ; for the bottom 90% everthing they need will ne on sale.

    September 18, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. Name king

    Hey if big corporations were getting tax payer money to invest in America and not building china into the most powerful country on the planet. I wouldn't be against them getting tax payer money.

    September 18, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. terry,va

    If you fools had any money to be stolen by Obummie you would think different. It's easy to say tax the rich more when 50% of you don't pay any federal taxes. Don't whine dumbocraps you had the same opportunity I did. This is America and you can get ahead or live in shacks. Your choice. Plain and simple; so quit your crying and complaining because others have something and you want to take their stuff because you are to sorry to get yours.

    September 18, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  8. Mike

    why not 20% no matter who you are. That's not class warfare lol.

    September 18, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  9. BigJim

    American working wage earners, (the ones who keep the consumer spending engine of the economy humming) have suffered two blows to their ability to keep spending. The first started in the mid 80s when the restructure craze hit. Thats when companies found replacing full time older employees thru various "early retirement" plans replacing them with younger lower paid new hires and somtimes with part time workers to save even more (no benefits, insurance, vacation, etc. )
    The second blow soon followed when tax breaks for (job creators) resulted in hundreds of thousands of american workers jobs being sent to communist china and other foreign countries.
    The third blow, which i believe will be the (knock out punch ) for our economy and the American way of life is just about to manifest itself. I am talking about the already started retirement of the "
    baby boom generation" . Once this is in full swing in the next few years the purchasing power of this huge segment of the tax paying/consumer spenders start to cut back on buying to live on a ss check instead of a pay check businesses of all sizes will see a real drop in demand for their goods and services. By the way if you think baby boomers have saved enough or taken enough risk to create a sufficient nest egg, I can assure as a former investment advisor they have not. I fear recession and or deflation is in our collective future. GOP obstuctionism and democrats spinelessness ( new word?).
    signed a former opptomist and former repunlican

    September 18, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  10. Name king

    These people are killing me time Obama fight to get them jobs they shows the repugs that they don't want jobs by lowering his approval ratings. What kind of people am I living with in this great country. These people will
    Not put pressure on these repugs to get jobs if their lives were depending on it. There is no way the repugs will take Obama's job proposal seriously. If these people unite with this president we could have breaked through some of the repugs obstructions, but they allow the repugs to take their focus off jobs creation time after time, with side shows, yet next they'll be screaming to the president why we are losing jobs.

    September 18, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. once upon a horse

    GOP needs to look at the increasing poverty rate, the large growing gap between the wealthy and everyone esle in our country then tell us who declared war on who. But we can't ask our non creating job creators to help the country out because...well that would not be right. If Obama can get the solid middle class and labor behind him and be forceful about it he should have not much problem being re-elected. I don't agree with everything he has done either but I see NO ONE on the GOP side looking out for the middle class. Certainly not the so-called frontrunners.

    September 18, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  12. Makes me Laugh

    The republicans don't want millionaires taxed more because that's money they won't receive for their campaigns for elections.

    September 18, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. Ed

    You can create at least 8 million jobs by sending back the people that are here without papers stop playing the tax increase card and start doing your job by upholding our laws (that you took an oath to do) we have now not just the ones you want to.

    Do your job now and you might have a chance in 2012.

    September 18, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. BigJim

    sorry last sentence should be Republican obstructionism and democratic spinelessness is driving us over the cliff.
    signed a former optomist and former republican who hopes he is wrong on the above opinion

    September 18, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  15. bigwilliestyles

    Class warfare is the new cry for republican obstructionism, is it? You racists are going to be astonished at how badly you're going to be turned out of office in 2012.

    September 18, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  16. Annie, Atlanta

    Democrats are waging class warfare? Seriously? Well isn't this special? Tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, taxpayer funded subsidies for billion dollar a quarter industries, no capital gains taxes, no taxes for corporations (you know, those job creators who haven't created jobs since the 90s) – these are some of the top priorities for Republicans, and they have the nerve to be accusing Democrats of class warfare. The hypocrisy is unbelievable.

    To all Republican politicians out there, and Democrats too: You want to reduce the deficit? Create taxpayers, get rid of the Bush tax cuts, tax corporations who make their money off of us, end subsidies. It's that simple. And as far as those subsidies go, does anyone else get angry at the fact that we pay subsidies to oil companies who turn around and squeeze us at the pump every time we fill up?

    September 18, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |