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Obama says he 'won't compromise' on taxes

By Ben Feller

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:54 a.m. HST, Dec 10, 2012

REDFORD, Mich. » President Barack Obama warned today that he "won't compromise" on his demands that the wealthiest Americans pay more in taxes, digging in on the chief sticking point between the White House and Republicans as they seek a way to avert the "fiscal cliff."

Obama brought his pressure-Congress campaign to the heart of industrial America, ripping lines from his own re-election bid as the nation inched closer to a perilous economic cliff. He said the country couldn't afford a "manufactured" crisis and pledged to cheering auto workers that he would fight to extend tax cuts for the middle class before they expire at year's end.

"That's a hit you can't afford to take," Obama declared.

Obama's campaign-style trip to Michigan came one day after he and House Speaker John Boehner met privately at the White House. While neither side would characterize the meeting, the mere fact that the two leaders talked face-to-face was seen as progress in negotiations to avoid a series of year-end tax hikes and spending cuts.

Republicans have long opposed Obama's call for higher tax rates on the wealthy, but some GOP lawmakers are suggesting the party relent on taxes in order to win concessions from the president on changes to benefit programs such as Medicare. Still, Boehner's office indicated today that the speaker wasn't ready to take that step.

"The Republican offer made last week remains the Republican offer," said Brendan Buck, a Boehner spokesman. He was referring to a GOP plan that offered $800 billion in new revenue over the next decade through reducing or eliminating unspecified tax breaks on upper-income earners, but not by raising tax rates.

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Maneki_Neko wrote:
Fine. Stay in DC and keep yapping. Skip the expensive Hawaii vacation.
on December 10,2012 | 11:19AM
Highinthesierras wrote:
Then 28 high priced mansions will be empty. Then the millionaire owners won't be able to pay the upcoming taxes. Heaven forbid.
on December 10,2012 | 11:43AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Is that rental even legal?
on December 10,2012 | 12:54PM
CriticalReader wrote:
By the way, Maneki and the rest of you. Been to a couple of gatherings recently where neocon speak was attempted with a resounding THUD . Guys like you are looking more and more foolish, Fort Street Mall Preacher level crazy, and/or just plain heartless as time wears on. Eventually, you'll end up being pariahs. Should change tunes as soon as your egos let you (maybe better start now to ease into it) before you start getting disinformation about the locations of the family Christmas parties. Maybe just alter the thinking to help yourselves become less frustrated even for a little while. After all, even crazy people deserve a nice holiday season.
on December 10,2012 | 01:02PM
hawaiikone wrote:
on December 10,2012 | 03:46PM
CriticalReader wrote:
They were "parties" until the neocons started up.
on December 10,2012 | 07:51PM
hawaiikone wrote:
You really love that word, don't you..
on December 11,2012 | 05:46AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Makes total historical and economic sense to let Obama's tax increases take place. It makes even more political sense for the GOP. It keeps on pandering to a "base" that ain't going anywhere on the whole even if the tax increases take place. Obama's mission is now changing. He has a chance to ruin the GOP for years to come. And the GOP is serving up that opportunity like a big fat softball. Any negative indicators today in the financial marketplaces are now squarely in the lap of the GOP. Anything worse will also be in their laps. The path to safety and away from the edge of the "fiscal cliff" is obvious. Ball is in the GOP's court. Mishandling of it means they get kicked off the field.
on December 10,2012 | 12:53PM
toomuchpilikia wrote:
Bring on the taxes...We should ALL pay our fair share regardless of income. 10% cross the board...everyone should pay. Absolutely NO tax credits!
on December 10,2012 | 02:51PM
BigErn wrote:
SA doesn't like my anti-Obama comments. Typical liberal rag trying to silence the GOP.
on December 10,2012 | 02:52PM
Bdpapa wrote:
I worked for someone like Obama. He'd hold a meeting, ask for input, and then at the end say "We're gonna do it my way." Typical 45-50 year old age group with MBAs. Don't trust anyone with an MBA.
on December 10,2012 | 03:37PM
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