Saturday, September 18, 2010

Vulnerable Senate Dems and Candidates Fleeing From Obama Tax Hikes

Of course none of them likely would be for Americans keeping more of their own money if their political futures weren't at stake. Still, seeing Democrats fleeing Obama is a sure sign of desperation. Less than two years ago they were so haughty and arrogant they figured they could just tax us to death with impunity.

Those days are over. For now.
Senate Democratic candidates are wavering over whether to support President Obama’s plan to raise taxes on families earning more than $250,000 a year.

At least seven Democrats in battleground states say they support or could support extending tax breaks for families who make more than $250,000.

Obama has called on letting tax cuts for those families expire at the end of the year.

Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D), who is running to replace Sen. George Voinovich (R), has suggested a one-year extension of current tax rates for families earning between $250,000 and $1 million.

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall (D) have also said they are flexible about extending tax cuts passed under President George W. Bush for families earning above $250,000.

Even the stalwart liberal Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has not ruled out an extension of tax relief for wealthier families.

This group falls between candidates in Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and West Virginia who have called for an extension of all of the Bush-era tax cuts and Democrats in Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire and Washington state, who are lining up behind Obama’s tax plan.
You can tell how far the popular uprising has gone when California is considered a battleground state. As to those candidates in Connecticut and Delaware still siding with Obama, you can expect them to become tax cut champions as soon as their races tighten over the next month.

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