White House: No Tax Hikes for Middle Class
Posted on Aug 3, 2009
On Monday, after two of President Obama’s economic sidekicks, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers, made noises over the weekend about the possibility that middle-class Americans may pay higher taxes in the near future, the White House went into damage control mode.
Los Angeles Times:
But White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs adamantly and repeatedly insisted today that the president remains committed to his pledge—though he was unable to explain why Geithner and Summers had strayed from the administration’s line.
“The president’s clear commitment is not to raise taxes on those making less than $250,000 a year,” Gibbs told reporters pressing for an explanation about apparent discrepancies in the White House’s message.
Gibbs added, “I hope you’ll take my reiteration of this clear commitment . . . in the clearest terms possible, that he is not raising taxes on those who make less than $250,000 a year.”
AP / Alex Brandon
Press secretary Robert Gibbs gestures as he meets the media on Monday during the daily briefing at the White House.