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Clinton Backpedals On Promise Not To Raise Middle Class Taxes, Calls It A "Goal"

- December 6, 2015

Today, Clinton Hedged On Her Previous Pledge Not To Raise Taxes On Middle-Class Americans, Instead Calling It A “Goal.” . STEPHANOPOULOS: “You’re also saying no tax increases at all for anyone earning under $250,000. Is that a rock solid read my lips promise?” CLINTON: “Well, it certainly is my goal and I’ve laid it out in this campaign and it’s something President Obama promised, it’s something my husband certainly tried to achieve, because I want Americans to know that I get it.” (Hillary Clinton, ABC’s This Week, 12/6/15)

Clinton Cited Two Democrat Presidents That Made The Same Pledge Before Raising Taxes Because She Wants Americans To “Know That I Get It.”. STEPHANOPOULOS: “You’re also saying no tax increases at all for anyone earning under $250,000. Is that a rock solid read my lips promise?” CLINTON: “Well, it certainly is my goal and I’ve laid it out in this campaign and it’s something President Obama promised, it’s something my husband certainly tried to achieve, because I want Americans to know that I get it.” (Hillary Clinton, ABC’s This Week, 12/6/15)

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OBAMA PROMISED NOT TO RAISE TAXES ON THE MIDDLE-CLASS, BUT BROKE HIS PLEDGE

Obama Promised That He Wouldn't Raise Taxes On The Middle-Class. OBAMA: "I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase, not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes." (Senator Barack Obama, Remarks, Dover, NH, 9/12/08)

ObamaCare's Individual Mandate Cost Middle-Class Taxpayers $1.5 Billion In 2014. "This year was the first time the IRS collected the penalties, deducting them from taxpayers' refunds for the 2014 tax year in most cases. Some 7.5 million households paid penalties totaling $1.5 billion, an average of $200 apiece, according to preliminary IRS data." (Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, "Bigger Bite For Health Law Penalty On Uninsured," The Associated Press , 10/19/15)

$43 Billion In ObamaCare Mandated Penalties For Individuals From 2016 To 2025. ("Updated Estimates Of The Effects Of The Insurance Coverage Provisions Of The Affordable Care Act," Congressional Budget Office, 4/14/14)

PolitiFact Gives Obama A "False" For His Pledge Not To Raise Taxes On The Middle-Class, Exposing His Broken Promise. "Obama said, "I didn't raise taxes once." But we've documented numerous instances when he has. He's has signed off on small tax cuts for most taxpayers, but that doesn't change the fact that he's also approved several tax increases. So we rate his statement False." ("President Barack Obama Says He Didn't Raise Taxes Once," PolitiFact , 2/7/11)

PolitiFact: ObamaCare Raised Taxes On The Middle-Class. "The health care law that Obama signed on March 23, 2010, raises taxes on some things regardless of income. Two taxes in particular stand out. A tax on indoor tanning services begins this year. And in 2014, people will have to pay a fine, levied through their income taxes, if they don't have health insurance." (Angie Drobnic Holan, "Smokers, Tanning Aficionados, The Happily Uninsured: More Taxes Coming At Ya!" PolitiFact , 4/8/10)

BILL CLINTON ALSO PLEDGED MIDDLE-CLASS TAX CUTS WHILE CAMPAIGNING, BUT ONCE ELECTED HE QUICKLY BROKE HIS PROMISE

Middle-Income Tax Relief Was “The Centerpiece Of Clinton’s Early Campaign,” But Soon After Becoming President, Bill Clinton Was Trying To Figure Out How To Abandon The Promise. “Clinton turned to a more sensitive subject. How far could they depart from campaign promises and remain consistent with his values? He asked. Stephanopoulos had come to realize that the middle-class income tax cut, the centerpiece of Clinton’s early campaign, just wasn’t in the cards. It had really hit home the night before. Now, on Clinton’s cue, Stephanopoulos came out and said it: The middle-class tax cut should be abandoned.” (Bob Woodward, The Agenda, 1995, pp. 87)

  • During His First Address From The Oval Office, Clinton Announced That He Wouldn’t Offer A Middle-Class Tax Cut. “At 9 P.M., Clinton appeared in his first address from the Oval Office. Looking youthful and a bit unaccustomed to the office, he seemed out of place in contrast to the older faces of Reagan and Bush. Clinton broke the news, which had already been leaked to the media, that he wouldn’t offer a middle-class tax cut in his plan.” (Bob Woodward, The Agenda, 1995, pp. 128)
  • Bill Clinton Instead Raised Taxes On The Middle-Class, Saying It Was “A Heck Of A Thing” For Him To Do. “Not only would he be unable to cut middle-class taxes as he had promised, but he would be raising taxes on the middle class. ‘These are the people who got screwed in the 80s,’ he said. ‘And it’s a heck of a thing for me to propose this.”(Bob Woodward, The Agenda, 1995, p. 121)

In August 1993, Bill Clinton Signed Into Law A $241 Billion Tax Hike – “The Largest Tax Increase In U.S. History” At The Time. “The final bill as it came out of the Congressional blender was different in significant aspects from the program the President proposed last February. Most important, Congress rejected a broad tax on nearly all forms of energy and substituted a modest increase in the Federal gasoline tax, the only new tax that most people would owe. Some of Mr. Clinton's proposals to spend more on various Government programs and to give tax breaks to business to strengthen the economy were also turned down. But in most respects the bill followed the President's prescription for lowering the Federal budget deficit, reducing military spending and placing a much larger portion of the tax burden on the well-off. Mr. Clinton and his supporters in Congress stressed that 80 percent of the new taxes would be paid by taxpayers with incomes above $200,000 and that 90 percent would be paid by those with incomes above $100,000. The legislation would lower the annual budget deficit by a total of $496 billion over the next five years, with $241 billion coming from tax increases and $255 billion from spending cuts.” (David Rosenbaum, “The Budget Struggle,” The New York Times, 8/6/93)


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