Obama Campaign Keeps Changing Middle-Class Definition

Many commentators and myself have been taking some heat for declaring that Obama is going to raise taxes on the middle class.  John McCain has also been going with this point as well at rallies.  There are a few reasons why I think Obama will raise middle-class taxes.  First of all, he plans to raise capital gains taxes which will hit middle-class investors.  Raising taxes on corporations will mean higher prices for the middle-class as well.  Obama has so many new spending programs that he will be forced to get more tax revenue.  And Obama’s record does not match his rhetoric.  He has never once cut taxes on anyone and actually voted to raise taxes on singles making $42,000 annually.  I don’t trust that Obama won’t let those numbers slide downward.  Oh wait a minute, he’s already doing that.

Obama has been touting for months his tax plan that will not raise taxes “one dime” on families making less than $250,000.  We’ve all heard him say it a few thousand times.  Then he slipped up in the final debate and said, “…a middle-class tax cut for people making less than $200,000…”  Well, maybe it was just a slip…or maybe not, as is demonstrated in this new campaign ad:

So Obama really did mean $200,000.  That’s a $50,000 drop already.  And I’m sure you noticed like I did that the tax cuts for 95% of Americans has changed to be within the thresholds of having a job and paying taxes now.  Guess he finally understands that his first tax plan was welfare for non-tax payers.  So we’ve seen Obama’s tax plan change remarkably in a month.  But wait, there’s more.

Now Joe Biden is out on the stomp talking the tax plan and the middle-class is now those making $150,000 or less.  He said that yesterday in an interview.  John McCain sums up the Obama tax plan this way, “Sen. Obama has made a lot of promises.  First he said people making less than $250,000 would benefit from his plan, then this weekend he announced in an ad that if you’re a family making less than $200,000 you’ll benefit – but yesterday, right here in Pennsylvania, Sen. Biden said tax relief should only go to ‘middle class people – people making under 150,000 dollars a year.’ You getting an idea of what’s on their mind?”

You’ve been warned.

2 responses to “Obama Campaign Keeps Changing Middle-Class Definition

  1. More bad news today:

    Obama Leads in Florida, Ohio, Must-Win Battlegrounds for McCain

    By Catherine Dodge

    Oct. 29 (Bloomberg) — Barack Obama leads in Florida and Ohio, states Republican John McCain must win to capture the presidency, as voters prefer the Democratic presidential nominee’s personal traits and approach on the economy and health care.

    Obama, an Illinois senator, tops Arizona Senator McCain by 50 percent to 43 percent among likely voters in Florida, a Bloomberg/Los Angeles Times poll shows. He leads 49 percent to 40 percent in Ohio, as voters in the two states overwhelmingly rate domestic concerns as more important than national security.

    Voters choose Obama, 47, as the candidate best able to handle the financial crisis and health care. And by an almost 2- to-1 margin, they say the Democrat has “the better temperament and personality to be president.”

    “Domestic issues are the outstanding issues of the day, and Obama has been owning those,” says Susan Pinkus, the Los Angeles Times polling director. What is more, “voters are more comfortable with him” after his three debate performances.

    Florida voters by more than 2-to-1 say a candidate’s views on domestic issues such as health care and the economy are more important than positions on the war in Iraq and terrorism; voters in Ohio say the same by a 3-to-1 margin.

    Crucial States

    No Republican has won the White House without capturing Ohio, and Florida helped George W. Bush obtain two terms in the White House. The current U.S. electoral map, polls show, indicates it would be almost impossible for McCain, 72, to win without carrying those two states.

    In 2004, Bush won 286 Electoral College votes, including Ohio’s 20 and Florida’s 27. It takes 270 to win and if Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic nominee, had won either of those states, he would have defeated the incumbent president.

    Less than a week before the Nov. 4 election, Obama is running ahead in all the states that Kerry won, and is highly competitive in more than half a dozen states where Bush prevailed.

    There’s also a gender gap in the Democrat’s favor. Among women voters in Florida, Obama leads 51 percent to 41 percent; in Ohio, his lead is 54 percent to 38 percent. Obama has a small lead among men in Florida, while McCain is slightly ahead with male voters in Ohio.

    Temperament

    In Florida, 58 percent of voters say Obama has a better temperament to be president, compared with 30 percent for McCain. In Ohio, Obama beats McCain on that question 57 percent to 29 percent.

    “I find Obama to be pretty calm under any circumstance,” says poll respondent Donna Orcutt, 63, of Toledo, Ohio. “In the debates, some of the zingers he got he handled pretty good. If the object was to see if they could make him lose his temper, that didn’t happen.”

    Orcutt, a Democrat who is retired and used to work for a house-cleaning company and as a secretary, says Obama has a better understanding of the economy because he didn’t grow up in a privileged environment. McCain, she says, “is a very nice man,” though he has never had to worry “about where the next paycheck is coming from.”

    On the question of which candidate they trust to make the right decision about the economy, voters in Florida pick Obama over McCain by a 9-point margin, and in Ohio, the Democrat leads by 12 points.

    Health Care

    Obama does even better on the question of which candidate would better handle health care. In Florida, he is preferred by 52 percent of voters, compared with 34 percent for McCain; in Ohio, 54 percent pick Obama and 30 percent choose the Republican.

    The Democrat also is ahead with white working-class voters, who overwhelmingly favored his opponent for the Democratic nomination, Senator Hillary Clinton of New York. Obama gets the support of 52 percent of these voters in Ohio, compared with 38 percent for McCain; in Florida, this group is almost evenly split, with a slight edge for Obama.

    Even though Bush used victories in Ohio and Florida to build his winning coalition, more than seven in 10 voters in both states now disapprove of his job performance; more than eight in 10 say the country is on the wrong track.

    Seventy percent of voters in Florida and 62 percent in Ohio say the recent troubles in the economy have hurt their family’s financial situation.

    Change Agent

    Ohio and Florida voters also say the ability to bring change to Washington — a central theme of Obama’s campaign — is more important than having the most experience, which is one of McCain’s selling points.

    “I truly see Obama as someone who will come in with a less political and more intelligent problem-solving approach to really trying to address the critical problems,” says poll respondent Laurie Kadoch, 60, a Miami Democrat, who teaches at Florida International University College of Law.

    Bush’s record is hurting McCain in Ohio, where more than half of voters say the Republican will continue the current administration’s policies. Voters also are split on that question in Florida.

    As in previous polls, the bright spots for McCain are his ability to successfully handle the war in Iraq and protect the country from terrorism. The Arizona senator leads Obama in those categories in both states, the poll shows.

    “He does have a whole lot more experience than Obama does,” said Republican poll respondent Maria Lyle, 25, a stay- at-home mother from Jackson Center, Ohio. “His ideas line up more with how I feel. With the terrorism issue, I feel we do need to have our troops over there.”

    Palin Pick

    McCain’s choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate appears to be a drag on the ticket in both states. Less than half of voters in Florida and Ohio view her as qualified to be president. By comparison, more than seven in 10 voters in both states say Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden, a Delaware senator, is qualified to be president.

    The survey of 809 registered voters in Florida — including 639 likely voters — and of 816 registered voters in Ohio — including 644 likely voters — was conducted Oct. 25-27. The margin of sampling error in both states is plus or minus 3 percentage points among registered voters, and of plus or minus 4 points among likely voters.

  2. Those poll stats might worry me if not for the fact that almost all polls have admitted oversampling democrats. Let’s wait until the results come in, although I’m not sure I’ll trust Ohio since voter fraud is rampant there and now the homeless can claim park benches as residences.

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