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Chart: "The argument against Obama's plan erodes." No tax increase for many "wealthy" families.


H/t: @DannyCrews who tweeted,

"The argument against Obama's plan erodes."

Why? Well, because many of the more fortunate families among us have no reason to be concerned about that evil Marxist Kenyan plan to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire. Why?

The New York Times has the details, including:

A close look at the president’s plan shows that a large majority of families making up to $300,000 – as well as hundreds of thousands of families with even larger incomes – would not pay taxes at a higher marginal rate. [...]

The government does not tax contributions to retirement plans, interest payments on mortgages or charitable donations, among other things. As a result, two families with the same incomes will most likely have different taxable incomes.

Check out that chart. Those making between $350,000 and $400,000 would only pay an additional $2,500 or so, and those making $400-500,000, only about $4,000. I'm guessing they can afford that.


GOP Congressman: "The president has won this round relative to the [tax] rates..."


Multiple polls show public support for the Democratic position of allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire the way they were meant to... two years ago. During negotiations, President Obama Version 2.0 has been refreshingly strong and even said he is willing to go over the fiscal cliff speed bump/blip/crossroads putting the GOP on the defensive, blaming them holding up a deal.

Now Republican Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio is coming right out and saying "the president has won this round":

(CNN) – The nine-term congressman, who's retiring in January, said he noticed a turning point on Wednesday when Republicans held their weekly meeting with House Speaker John Boehner–but he added Democrats need to meet them in the middle, too.

"The sense was that there's a growing number of folks in our party that are saying, you know what, the president has won this round relative to the rates, but we need to you to sit down and get the second half of the deal and that's the spending," LaTourette said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."[...]

Known as a center-right Republican, LaTourette has been circulating a letter with some Democrats urging leaders of both parties to give some ground on their sticking points, rather than stay entrenched on opposing sides of the battle line.


VIDEO- President Obama: Mitt Romney Went From "Severely Conservative" to "Severely Kidding"


I severely love this approach:

"...The new latest version of Mitt Romney. He's trying to go through an Extreme Makeover. After running for more than a year in which he called himself severely conservative, Mitt Romney's trying to convince you that he was severely kidding."

"Suddenly he LOVES the middle class... Medicare... teachers... even the most important parts of Obamacare!"

"'Pay no attention to the 5 trillion dollar tax cut ON MY WEBSITE!'"

"You gotta let him know, we remember."


At a grassroots event in Coral Gables, Florida President Obama highlighted how Mitt Romney is dishonestly hiding his real positions from the American people because they'll hurt his chances to win.

Over the last six years, we've seen the real Mitt Romney -- the man who committed himself to severely conservative positions, like supporting a $5 trillion tax cut skewed to the wealthiest, touting a proposal that would take away seniors' guaranteed Medicare benefits, and advocating a plan that would let insurance companies once again deny coverage to millions of Americans when they need it most.


Campaign for America's Future: If Democrats would be bolder, they'd win


A press release from Campaign for America's Future reminds us that clear strong messaging and strategy work:

New Polling: Dems Can Win with a Bold Economic Agenda

Polling from Lake Research for the Campaign for America's Future

Washington, DC – New polling for the Campaign for America’s Future by Lake Research suggests that the President and Democrats would be wise to trumpet a bold agenda on the economy that contrasts sharply with Romney’s failed trickle down notions.

The Campaign for America’s Future and Lake Research tested several bold themes against the Republican message, described with their own best rhetoric charge. Each trumped the Republican message even at a time when Romney is beating the president on the economy.

The memo from Lake Research summarizes the research. It suggests that a populist message, combining an aggressive economic frame with proposals designed to rebuild the middle class provides a strong ground from which to wage this debate.

Robert Borosage, the co-director of Campaign for America’s Future writes, “The Obama campaign has focused, sensibly and successfully, on defining Mitt Romney and his agenda. `I’m the man from Bain and I’m here to fix things’ increasingly strikes terror in the heart of working families. The medicine Romney’s peddling is more of what ails us.”

But, Borosage writes, “Obama can’t sell this economy as successful, nor claim credibly that we are on the right track. He needs to point a clear way forward.”

Article by Campaign for America’s Future’s Robert Borosage: New Polling: Obama's Challenge: Answer the Question of What Comes Next is available online:

The Lake polling memo is available online: