Aug 14, 2011

Democrats Double Down On Opposition To Tax Hikes

This morning a number of Democrat Senators doubled down on their previous opposition to President Obama’s attempts to raise taxes, citing the fact that raising taxes would only further hurt economic growth and job creation:

THEN: Senator Jim Webb (D-VA): Virginia Sen. Jim Webb said Tuesday he had concerns about raising income taxes as part of any debt-limit deal, the latest Democrat to complicate President Barack Obama’s push to tax the wealthy as part of a major deficit-reduction package. (Manu Raju, “Webb Is Latest Dem To Oppose Tax Increases On Debt Deal,” Politico, 7/12/11)

NOW: “Terrible,” Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) told POLITICO when asked about the president’s ideas for how to pay for the $450 billion price tag. “We shouldn’t increase taxes on ordinary income. … There are other ways to get there.” (Manu Raju, “Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan,” Politico, 9/14/11)