Tax cut message triage
December 8th, 2010
09:35 AM ET

Tax cut message triage

WASHINGTON (CNN) – For the third day in a row, the White House is pulling out all the stops to convince some of their fellow Democrats to sign on to a controversial tax deal.   Senior adviser David Axelrod appeared on five morning shows Wednesday, standing feet from the podium where just yesterday his boss defended his compromise with Republicans on extending the Bush-era tax cuts.

Appearing on CNN's American Morning, Axelrod tried to neutralize criticism by arguing the president's decision may not be good politics but it's good for the country.

"What we need to do is focus on what's good for the country, what's good for the American people, and move forward.  Compromise by its very nature involves things that neither side like. We don't like the tax – extending even temporarily the tax cuts for the wealthy – more generous treatment of wealthy estates. That was the price Republicans demanded for a very significant package of tax cuts for the middle class and to help businesses grow and hire," Axelrod said.

This afternoon, Vice President Biden will pay another visit to House Democrats on Capitol Hill to discuss the tax deal.  He might want to bring a tourniquet.


Topics: Tax cuts • The News

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  1. psmith

    the president was backed into a corner by the republicans. I understand why he had to do what he did – for the average joe. You can bet if he let the tax for the middle class expire, the story would be that he let people down.
    Also remember the dems couldn't get the tax cut just for the middle class pass nor did they do anything earlier.

    I believe what is lost is that the republicans cannot say anything more about him running up deficits again. This time they helped. At least he did it for the good of the average man, something they can't say!

    December 8, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  2. ChipH

    Kerry (Kohn)-Lieberman have has the National 'Climate' Tithe-Tax waiting until early 2011 for a year after ClimateGate,
    and just as soon as they free up the ~$100 a month for the Climate Tithe-Tax on every American, by stealing that ~$100
    from the Social Security Trust Fund withholding, and that $4 or $5 BILLION a year no longer going for reforestation or
    environmental restoration, no, Kerry wrote all that out of the legislation, now it goes DIRECTLY INTO THE US TREASURY,
    where it will be used to provide TAX REBATES TO CARBON FUTURES SPECULATION ON WALL STREET.

    Robbing Social Security to make the Banksters even more Creosus, when they only pay 16.6% Fed income taxes!!!

    December 11, 2010 at 3:00 am |
  3. Dianne

    Where is the tea party and all those who did not want more deficit for the budget and for the future? That was the main criticizim from the republicans and the right wing. The republicans managed to use the deficit by knocking it off the scales by lying to the right wing and others, and the people bought that lie. Where are the flag waving against the republicans getting massive tax cuts for the rich at the expense of middle class America. So you right wingers put them in office and some tea party members are already to do pork spending when they get in office. You are responsible for raising our grandchildrens debt and now you are silent.

    December 11, 2010 at 4:38 am |