Morning Briefing: Selling the 'Buffett plan'
September 19th, 2011
08:23 AM ET

Morning Briefing: Selling the 'Buffett plan'

The 1600 Blog's daily roundup of what the White House is reading this morning online and in the papers:

The White House's background preview of President Obama's deficit reduction plan has unleashed a flurry of analysis the morning ahead of the president's official unveiling of the $3 trillion cuts proposal. One thing that's clear at this point: calling for the raising of taxes on the small percentage of Americans who make more than $1 million a year is good politics for the president and naming it the "Buffett plan" is a quick-and-easy way to sell it to the American people:

Obama to unveil $3 trillion in debt cuts [CNNMoney]

Obama to propose Buffett Rule [CNN]

President Obama picks a political fight on taxes [WashPost]

White House hopes to cut costs by buying in bulk [WashPost]

Meanwhile, the campaign trail, Mitch Daniels is calling for a higher level of dialogue among the GOP hopefuls. Daniels of course passed on a run last spring:

Republican Calls for a More Honest Debate [NYTimes]

And Obama is finding September is often a difficult month during his presidency:

For Obama, another September of discontent [WashPost]


soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    One has to wonder, if this plan is just another step in a deliberate attempt to bankrupt America. The more Obama succeeds in bankrupting the country as a whole, the more he feels the need to also bankrupt the rich, unaffected by his squanderous spending, by taxing them.

    September 19, 2011 at 9:23 am |
    • Howard

      SAVE AMERICA ... DUMP OBAMA ... AND, HURRY UP, WHILE THERE'S STILL AN AMERICA TO SAVE !!!

      September 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  2. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I've just watched this President all but pleading, as he tries to encourage common sense among the obstrunists in DC and even on this blog! You can't fight math! I'm sick and tired of you people lying on OBAMA! You racists haters know d***n well the man is RIGHT! His plan will work, but you clowns don't want it to work under what will potentially be the historical legacy of PRESIDENT BARACK H OBAMA, the first AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT of these UN-UNITED STATES of AMERICA. Bankrupting the country?!?

    September 19, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Thank goodness Barry is going to raise capital gains tax. Now when grandma sells her home she will have to pay 35% not 15%. Don't want those nasty rich people making all that money.

      September 19, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • Howard

      People who say they will always support Obama, not matter what, are traitors to America.
      America is MORE important than Obama.
      A President should only receive continued support, based on his performance ... and,
      Obama's performance has run America's economy into the ground.
      SAVE AMERICA ... DUMP OBAMA ... AND, HURRY UP, WHILE THERE'S STILL AN AMERICA TO SAVE !!!

      September 19, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
      • healbot

        I would call you a traitor, simply for implying that anyone else is. You and your ilk are the people that have abandoned our country and are willing to do whatever it takes to score political points, simply because your man is not in the White House. The perceived performance of the president is subjective. It is based on what one chooses to consider. I think he has done a very good job but I choose to consider the difficult situation he inherited. The conservatives destroyed our country, not the president. He has funded everything that went through congress and is trying to make further cuts. When the conservative controlled our government they funded nothing, cut nothing and expanded government. You sir are misguided to say the least, either that or a traitor.

        September 19, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • Bhari

      Wow, Liz... it sounds like you think race is the only qualification the President needs. Doesn't that make you the racist?

      September 19, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  3. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Furthermore...the country was 'BANKRUPT' when OBAMA stepped into the OVAL OFFICE! Where was all of your screaming and hollering when we were going down into the dive? They pulled one on you didn't they? You don't want to admit it; it's just easier to blame everything on the black man. Some do have the good sense to admit he didn't bring us to it, but they put a drag on it to say he made it worse! Well, a fool knows everything he's trying to put forth is in efforts to pull us OUT of bankruptcy! NOT IN IT!

    September 19, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • Joe

      Obama wheather Black or white is a moron Race is your only excuse
      he is more concerned abot reelection than he is about the Economy the Man is the biggist mistake America has ever made in a choice for President next to Jimmy carter

      September 19, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • Howard

      Getting Obama reelected has little to do with what's bet for America. Democrats and other vested interests have a lot of money invested in Obama, and they will say, or do anything to get him reelected ... even if it means throwing the American people under the bus.
      People who say they will always support Obama, not matter what, are traitors to America.
      America is MORE important than Obama.
      A President should only receive continued support, based on his performance ... and,
      Obama's performance has run America's economy into the ground.
      SAVE AMERICA ... DUMP OBAMA ... AND, HURRY UP, WHILE THERE'S STILL AN AMERICA TO SAVE !!!

      September 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • Chuck

      I'm much more willing to accept the plans of Obama, whose reelection depends on the economy doing well, than I am of Republicans, whose elections depend on the economy getting worse.

      September 19, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
      • Bhari

        Gee Chuck... what you are saying is that the Administration is failing, but they "mean well..." is that it?

        September 19, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  4. Liz Carter in Georgia

    The major portion of citizens of this nation which woud be about 95% are the ones who keep the Rich Wealthy! The 'middleclass' and even the 'poor' have and still do contribute to their wealthiness. Yes...they do run their businesses and corporations, but unless they're totally dependent on what they sale overseas, we contribute the most! They're ALREADY complaining that we aren't spending like we used to; we're holding on to our money! They'd be out of business if we stopped completely! GET REAL PEOPLE!!

    September 19, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  5. Mike

    Obama could offer a cure for cancer, if there was one, and the republicans would still say no. Face it, the republicans have made it clear "F" America this is all about them. This independent knows who not to vote for.

    September 19, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  6. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I agree Chuck. @Joe; what did Jimmy Carter do wrong? I bet you couldn't explain in detail one thing. You're just an old band-wagoner on that one! We know you hate OBAMA so I'm ignoring the rest of your comment this time. @Howard; the GOP/TEAPARTY/CONSERVATIVES, along with you people who support or agree with what they're doing in DC, sabotaging, derailing, and obstructing what's right for AMERICA, because they too, hate OBAMA are 'treasonists'! If I'm a traitor, you're a treasonist! OBSTRUCTION=TREASON!

    September 20, 2011 at 8:37 am |
  7. Liz Carter in Gorgia

    Bhari; until you walk a day in my shoes, you'll never accept, understand nor relate to my views on racism. You probably never will be able to conclude nor empathize with my experiences; my familys' and friends experiences! Therefore, I can't begin to expect you to discern even in your 'little mind', how simple it is to cypher it from most of the comments on this blog, the media or the GOP! BTW, you've got me wrong! I think OBAMA's got ALL he needs to be President! It's you people who don't want to admit it!

    September 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  8. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I don't think race is the only qualification the President needs to be President! Historically though, it seemed like that's what some folk in AMERICA thought; the last 43 were white, since you thought you'd bring it up! The one black man that makes it, you all try to denounce, teardown and disregard his intelligence, his character, his family even, not to speak of his GOOD decisions to save AMERICA! If he WAS white..?? I believe the true reason you don't want to admit he's qualified is BECAUSE of his race!

    September 20, 2011 at 6:24 pm |