Obama, GOP maneuver on payroll tax cut
February 14th, 2012
04:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama, GOP maneuver on payroll tax cut

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama stepped up his push Tuesday to get Congress to extend the payroll tax cut for the rest of the year, arguing that a failure to do so could derail the economic recovery.

"This is a make-or-break moment for the middle class," Obama said at the White House. "The last thing we need is for Washington to stand in the way of America's comeback."

Filed under: Budget • President Obama • Taxes
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. GI Joe.

    For God's sake, don't make Boehner cry again. It's pathetic. He's the weakest leader of the House in a century, and is undermined at every turn by the baggers.

    Vote the baggers out in 2012.

    If the signedd the Norquist pledge (forgetting their oath to US), kick them out. King Grover must go.

    February 14, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  2. PaOutOfWork

    What a joke $40.00, Obama; the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress will have racked up 20 trillion dollars in debt by the end of 2012 when the Obama administration will be coming to an end and we the taxpayers are stuck with it.

    February 14, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  3. diridi

    good news.

    February 14, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    So, is allowing the payroll tax cuts to continue a Rethug set-up, or are they changing course in mid-stream having realized that they pushed the envelope over the edge?
    It doesn't matter. What matters is how Democrats handle this opportunity. Learn from our President Democrats, be proactive not reactive. Play chess not checkers.
    Meanwhile in the photo it looks as if Boo-Hoo is debating whether to have another drink or another crying fit.

    February 14, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  5. diridi

    I hate the idiot with eye-glasses. Virginia, please do not re-elect this nation's loot and thug. please, god bless....

    February 14, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  6. WiredweirdinSF

    Why does the mainstream media not report that this money is coming from the Social Security trust fund? It is not "free money" like nothing else Obama claims is "free" is "free." It is simply part of his bid for reelection on the backs of hard working, honest, responsible people and a great lie by the democrat liberals, nothing new there.

    February 14, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Must be an election year, and the republicans just woke up to realize that their attacks on 160 million workers is not helping their 19% approval rating..

    February 14, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    ".... a family making about $50,000 a year could lose $40 in every paycheck."
    If you are someone makes casual, friendly $10,000 bets, you have as much chance as understanding the world of a $50k/year family as they would of understanding yours. That 40 bucks can add up to a family vacation, or more likely it can help make ends meet by paying for the rising cost of energy and fossil fuels.

    February 14, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  9. Larry in Houston

    It looks like 3 obstructionists in that photo – not to mention 3 "do nothing" people, that we pay them for.

    February 14, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  10. gt

    we dont need to tax money in social security,,, there rolling in doe..... stupid lame idea....where is al gore and the lock box...

    February 14, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  11. Thomas

    Eric Ivan Cantor , what a long face !

    February 14, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |