Barack Obama, August 5, 2009:
The last thing you want to do is to raise taxes in the middle of a recession because that would just suck up — take more demand out of the economy and put businesses in a further hole.
The news, Friday:
Economists see a one in three chance the U.S. will slip into recession over the next twelve months and doubt any steps the Federal Reserve might take at its meeting next week can change that.
The news, today:
President Barack Obama called for $1.5 trillion in tax increases over the next decade, largely targeting the wealthy, to help trim the deficit, saying U.S. prosperity depends on paying down the federal debt.
UPDATE: The video of those comments from August 2009: