U.S. President Barack Obama's chief campaign strategist Sunday slammed Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, saying he lacks a political core.That's some high irony there. Even a few liberals searching valiantly for hope and change might agree. Well today Mr. Core defined his core for the first time since blundering it out to Joe the Plumber:
"I'm here in Kansas to reaffirm my deep conviction that we're greater together than we are on our own," Obama said. "I believe that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot. When everyone does their fair share. When everyone plays by the same rules."There you go--socialist Obama. Maybe next he'll invite Ayers to a campaign speech and call him comrade while praising OWS, then quote Jesus and advocate tax cuts in a photo-op conversation about college hoops with a redneck NASCAR fan at a Christmas lighting ceremony.
Gulp. The WaPo takes on Obama's Teddy Roosevelt impersonation and actually finds some "facts" lacking:
Inserting the words “for the wealthy” was interesting phrasing by the president, since he suggests these tax cuts were intended to benefit only the rich. The bulk of the 2001 tax cuts were marginal rate cuts, which extended to all taxpayers, while the 2003 tax cuts included a reduction in taxes on dividends and capital gains. But the 2001 tax cuts also included tax changes that benefited the middle class, such as a reduced marriage penalty and expanded tax credits, along with an instant tax rebate. Still, it is correct that most of the benefits of the tax cuts flowed to the wealthy (who, let’s not forget, pay the largest share of income taxes). Obama has said repeatedly he wants to keep the Bush tax cuts for people making less than $250,000; he wants to reinstate higher tax rates only for the wealthy. (In fact, he would retain about 70 percent of the overall tax cut.) But he should not suggest that the Bush tax cuts were aimed only at the wealthy, since that is not correct.Nice of them to notice the part I bolded, after all this time and all those speeches. But better late than never.