White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed Monday that President Obama is “very interested” in the idea of raising taxes through unilateral executive action.
“The president certainly has not indicated any reticence in using his executive authority to try and advance an agenda that benefits middle class Americans,” Earnest said in response to a question about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) calling on Obama to raise more than $100 billion in taxes through IRS executive action.
“Now I don’t want to leave you with the impression that there is some imminent announcement, there is not, at least that I know of,” Earnest continued. “But the president has asked his team to examine the array of executive authorities that are available to him to try to make progress on his goals. So I am not in a position to talk in any detail at this point, but the president is very interested in this avenue generally,” Earnest finished.
Sanders sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew Friday identifying a number of executive actions he believes the IRS could take, without any input from Congress, that would close loopholes currently used by corporations. In the past, IRS lawyers have been hesitant to use executive actions to raise significant amounts of revenue, but that same calculation has changed in other federal agencies since Obama became president.
Obama’s preferred option would be for Congress to pass a corporate tax hike that would fund liberal infrastructure projects like mass transit. But if Congress fails to do as Obama wishes, just as Congress has failed to pass the immigration reforms that Obama prefers, Obama could take actions unilaterally instead. This past November, for example, Obama gave work permits, Social Security Numbers, and drivers licenses to approximately 4 million illegal immigrants.
Those immigration actions, according to the Congressional Budget Office, will raise federal deficits by $8.8 billion over the next ten years.
First of all, going through Congress is NOT the POS’s preferred option or he wouldn’t be issuing so many EOs – he much prefers the royal edicts he can hand down.
Second, it is indeed an imminent announcement, as that is how he operates. He floats the idea out there, then when he sees how many people he’s outraged, it confirms his plan. His people are probably creating the EOs right now.
When Earnest said that O wants to advance an agenda that benefits middle class, that should have had the media heads doubled over with laughter, since that’s one of the most ridiculous statements ever made. He’s not done one thing to help the middle class, in fact, he’s done everything possible to destroy it.
Why in hell would a senator, who’s supposed to represent the people in his state, have his staff spend time looking for tax loopholes where O can use EOs? With Sanders help, O might not need EOs – the IRS can just create more regulation, much like the FCC, without Congressional approval.
You have to be shaking your head and wondering what it takes to get Congress in gear. How many more outrageous stunts does he get to pull before they stop this runaway train?
He is well on his way to ruining this country and all we’ll hear is them railing about his lawlessness. Having the majority means nothing to these people. We need an intervention, folks.