Politics & Policy

President Obama Mimics Statewide Democratic Strategy in OH

At least, that’s the case if the headline of this article in today’s Politico is any guide.

According to the headline, Obama is going to “assail the Republican vision in Ohio,” which sounds an awful lot like what Ted Strickland and Lee Fisher have been doing, rather than offering any constructive ideas.

Of course, Obama is going to be arguing for stimulus, so he’ll have at least something constructive to offer, no matter how foolish, but apparently the meat of the speech is a screed about the Bush tax cuts:

In a speech in Cleveland – the same city where House Minority Leader John Boehner laid out the GOP’s economic agenda – the president will cast the issue as a choice between supporting a vibrant middle class and giving unnecessary breaks to the wealthy, officials said. And he will restate that the nation simply cannot afford it.

The tax cuts, enacted in 2001 and 2003 during President George W. Bush’s first term, are set expire this year. Republicans, sensing momentum heading into the midterms, insist on extending them all, and the position has been gaining ground among Democratic moderates, who are worried about their dim reelection prospects.

But the president has long argued the cuts should only benefit households with incomes under $250,000 for families and $200,000 for individuals.


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