Even for Barack Obama, this is simultaneously: shameless; and clueless.
I’ve said to Republican leaders, ‘You go talk to your constituents and ask them, “Are you willing to compromise your kids’ safety so some corporate-jet owner can get a tax break?” ‘ ”
Just in case any viewer missed his class-clashing message, Obama referred to corporate-jet owners at least three more times before he took his second question.
It’s shameless because President Obama has only one rhetorical trick, and that’s to demonize everybody who disagrees with whatever faux-Hegelian position he’s ended up taking on any given day. It’s particularly clueless because what the President apparently doesn’t know is that the latest iteration of the tax break in question was put into place as part of Barack Obama’s own 2009 “stimulus.”
Just a few months after lawmakers scolded auto executives for flying to Washington in private jets, Congress approved a tax break in the stimulus package to help businesses buy their own planes.
The incentive — first used to help plane makers recover from the 2001 terror attacks — sharply reduces the up front tax bill for companies who buy assets like business planes.
(H/T: @NathanWurtzel, via AoSHQ Headlines) Which “stimulus,” I hardly need to mention, was passed without the support of a single House Republican, and only three Republican Senators. One of those Senators did not survive his next re-election, despite his best efforts; and the other two are doing their best to frantically atone for their error. So allow me to ask the question right back at the President: if you’re so worried that corporate-jet owners are getting better treatment than school kids, why did you give that tax break for the former, and shut down minority scholarships in DC for the latter?
No, wait, I know the answer to the second part already: minority kids don’t come through with the campaign contributions nearly as well as teachers unions come through with the campaign contributions.
Moe Lane (crosspost)