In what is quickly becoming the most cynical presidency in decades the Obama administration has signaled that it is changing its position on taxing employee health benefits, a campaign position that Obama used to hammer Senator John McCain in the 2008 election.
The Obama administration is signaling to Congress that the president could support taxing some employee health benefits, as several influential lawmakers and economists favor, to help pay for an overhaul of the health care system.
The proposal is politically problematic for President Obama, however, since it is similar to one he denounced in the presidential campaign as “the largest middle-class tax increase in history.” Most Americans with insurance get it from their employers, and taxing workers for the benefit is opposed by union leaders and some businesses. (Note: Only The New York Times would call this prevarication “problematic”)
Now that Mr. Obama is completely out of the closet on the matter of massive tax increases he must feel somewhat comfortable in walking back his strident campaign rhetoric of the 2008 election. As with many Obama campaign promises, the policy of not taxing health care benefits had an unusually short expiration date: less than 60 days (baloney lasts longer). It has become manifestly apparent that this administration is simply making it up as they go along, tossing hundred billion dollar policy concepts in after another, never bothering to comprehend their effect on the whole. With political moderates and business leaders (who voted for him) alike practically begging him to ease back on the agenda, the Obama campaign pushes forward, consumed by a level of Emanuelesque ignorance and arrogance that looks like a greek tragedy in the making.