July 9th, 2012
08:06 PM ET

Obama calls for Bush tax cuts for middle class: Does it add up?

Pres. Barack Obama announced Monday that he want a one-year extension of the Bush tax cuts for Americans earning less than $250,000 a year. Republicans are calling for the tax cuts to extended for everyone. Does it add up?

Obama renews call for holding down middle class tax rates

President Barack Obama revitalized his push for holding down middle class tax rates Monday, calling on Congress to pass a one-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for people earning less than $250,000 a year.

In a White House statement delivered while people described as working Americans stood behind him, Obama said his proposal would provide the certainty of no tax increase next year for 98% of Americans.

Noting that Republicans seek to maintain all of the Bush tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003, Obama said both sides therefore agree on extending the lower rates for middle class families.

"Let's agree to do what we agree on, right?" Obama said to laughter and applause in the East Room. "That's what compromise is all about."


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  1. Alfred Hernandez

    Republicans keep saying that taxing people that make over $250,000 a year will kill small businesses. What is considered a small business? The engineering/architectural firms I've worked for here in Texas, the past 30 years, have had 50-75 employees or less. The firm i work now is only a 3 man firm. I keep hearing the republicans referring to a 500 person firm as small.....WHAT SIZE OF BUSINESS IS CONSIDERED SMALL?

    July 10, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  2. Joey at Purdue Univ

    David Walker would know what to do.

    July 9, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Reply

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