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Redford, MI - Obama Says He 'Won't Compromise' on Taxes

Published on: December 10, 2012 03:45 PM
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President Barack Obama walks with Plant Manager and Vice President of Operations Jeff Allen, left, and UAW NW Local 163 Detroit Diesel Engine Unit Shop Chairperson Mark President Barack Obama walks with Plant Manager and Vice President of Operations Jeff Allen, left, and UAW NW Local 163 Detroit Diesel Engine Unit Shop Chairperson Mark

Redford, MI - President Barack Obama warned Monday that he “won’t compromise” on his demands that the wealthiest Americans pay more in taxes, digging in on the chief sticking point between the White House and Republicans as they seek a way to avert the “fiscal cliff.”

Obama brought his pressure-Congress campaign to the heart of industrial America, ripping lines from his own re-election bid as the nation inched closer to a perilous economic cliff. He said the country couldn’t afford a “manufactured” crisis and pledged to cheering auto workers that he would fight to extend tax cuts for the middle class before they expire at year’s end.

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“That’s a hit you can’t afford to take,” Obama declared.

Obama’s campaign-style trip to Michigan came one day after he and House Speaker John Boehner met privately at the White House. While neither side would characterize the meeting, the mere fact that the two leaders talked face-to-face was seen as progress in negotiations to avoid a series of year-end tax hikes and spending cuts.

Republicans have long opposed Obama’s call for higher tax rates on the wealthy, but some GOP lawmakers are suggesting the party relent on taxes in order to win concessions from the president on changes to benefit programs such as Medicare. Still, Boehner’s office indicated Monday that the speaker wasn’t ready to take that step.

“The Republican offer made last week remains the Republican offer,” said Brendan Buck, a Boehner spokesman. He was referring to a GOP plan that offered $800 billion in new revenue over the next decade through reducing or eliminating unspecified tax breaks on upper-income earners, but not by raising tax rates.


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 Dec 10, 2012 at 04:59 PM Anonymous Says:

Justice will be served in terms of the dignity of the poor.

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 Dec 10, 2012 at 05:43 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Justice will be served in terms of the dignity of the poor.

Oh yes. Leeching even more money off hard working people is sure to raise their dignity alright.

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 Dec 10, 2012 at 06:10 PM Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

He spent four years compromising everything and got nothing. Now that he's shown he has a spine the Republican Moral Panic will commence. Again.

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 Dec 10, 2012 at 06:39 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Oh yes. Leeching even more money off hard working people is sure to raise their dignity alright.

Somehow, I feel your fields lack the properly designed corners for the poor. Regards.

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 Dec 10, 2012 at 07:39 PM victorg Says:

Preconditions. Is that like a Moslem thing?

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 Dec 10, 2012 at 07:53 PM Benabenja Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Justice will be served in terms of the dignity of the poor.

Man, that's your successive Federal Governments that are mostly responsible for the soaring number of poors in this country, not the economical climax. Providence State always comes with its lot of poors.

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 Dec 10, 2012 at 08:16 PM A Says:

But will he also take a stand against the Republican plans that'll hurt social security and medicare recipients? Go to senior citizen centers and tell our elderly that he won't reduce the (already pitifully low) cola hikes and won't raise the eligibility age for medicare?

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 Dec 10, 2012 at 08:20 PM a nelson Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Somehow, I feel your fields lack the properly designed corners for the poor. Regards.

we have no real poor. if someone has less than you, that doesnt mean they are poor. Our "poor" are wealthier than 95% of the work.
In fact our "poor" are often so fat that they need tax payers to pay for gastric bypasses

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 Dec 10, 2012 at 08:43 PM Babishka Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Oh yes. Leeching even more money off hard working people is sure to raise their dignity alright.

It's called "getting paid a fair wage." I know that the super-rich 1% consider it "leeching" if their low level employees don't want to work for free.

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 Dec 10, 2012 at 10:11 PM A Says:

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a nelson Says:

we have no real poor. if someone has less than you, that doesnt mean they are poor. Our "poor" are wealthier than 95% of the work.
In fact our "poor" are often so fat that they need tax payers to pay for gastric bypasses

You obviously have been hiding your head where the sun never shines. There are poor & starving people in this country. There are families who are homeless and not because they are drug addicts or drunks.
Did it never occur to you that the reason many poor people are overweight is because they can't afford to pay for healthy food. You can buy a box of spaghetti for less than $1 and that will feed a family of 4 and keep those children from feeling hungry. You can't even buy a head of lettuce for that same $1 and splitting it 4 ways won't stave off hunger pangs at all.
It's a terrible shanda to read such disparaging comments about the poor. And to see how you mock them for their tzoris is terrible. But since you seem to feel they don't need any help keep your dollar to yourself instead of putting it in a pushka. And on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur pay no attention to any tfilla that tells you to do Tshuva, Tfilla, and Tzeddaka because they obviously don't pertain to you.

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 Dec 11, 2012 at 10:10 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Somehow, I feel your fields lack the properly designed corners for the poor. Regards.

Oh they are there. To the tune of 40 percent of hard earned money. I assume you want more then that?

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 Dec 11, 2012 at 02:52 PM pickythinker Says:

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A Says:

You obviously have been hiding your head where the sun never shines. There are poor & starving people in this country. There are families who are homeless and not because they are drug addicts or drunks.
Did it never occur to you that the reason many poor people are overweight is because they can't afford to pay for healthy food. You can buy a box of spaghetti for less than $1 and that will feed a family of 4 and keep those children from feeling hungry. You can't even buy a head of lettuce for that same $1 and splitting it 4 ways won't stave off hunger pangs at all.
It's a terrible shanda to read such disparaging comments about the poor. And to see how you mock them for their tzoris is terrible. But since you seem to feel they don't need any help keep your dollar to yourself instead of putting it in a pushka. And on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur pay no attention to any tfilla that tells you to do Tshuva, Tfilla, and Tzeddaka because they obviously don't pertain to you.

We can all agree their are poor people i this country who as you said aren't drug addicts. To deny that would be utterly ridiculous. But can we all agree that families who make over 250,000 (Which if you had 3 kids in a yeshiva/hebrew school would sap about 60,000 dollars from your annual income. That plus the usual expenses for a jewish family as well as taxes would leave your family with about 90,000 a big amount but Mortgages, bills, and charity would significantly diminish that large income. So now a hard working middle class family with a good income could lose an extra 8-15% of a hard earned salary. This Liberal fantasy that all rich people are lazy, stupid, and selfish is really just one big concocted scam. You have to realize that the reason these people are making this amount is because they've worked hard and invested over its their money not the governments to do as they please with it.

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