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Obama: Pass Social Security tax cut or don’t go home for Christmas

By CALLIE MORAN
December 9, 2011

President Barack Obama (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama, under fire for some of  his own vacations, threatened Thursday to delay the end of the year vacation for Congress is they don’t extend Social Security payroll tax cuts.

Obama said he would keep Congress in session “for as long as it takes.”

“The President feels Congress cannot go home with unfinished business,” a White House aide told Capitol Hill Blue Thursday.

Ironically, both sides support extending the tax cut but Republicans want to pack the bill with unrelated issues and Obama is threatening to veto any bill that isn’t clean.

The veto threat makes some Republicans happy because it gives them an issue they think will play with voters.

“The fact that the President doesn’t like it makes me like it even more,” says Ohio Republican Jim Jordan.

The House plans to vote next week on a GOP bill that includes funding for a pipeline from Canada to Texas while debate continues in the Senate, where dueling tax plans were rejected.

Obama wants an agreement and a clean bill.

“Get it done,” he said. Thursday. “If not, maybe we’ll have a White Christmas here in Washington.”

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3 Responses to Obama: Pass Social Security tax cut or don’t go home for Christmas

  1. Carl Nemo **==

    December 9, 2011 at 11:51 am

    What’s really bizarre is cutting the SS tax when allegedly the Trust fund is in trouble.

    Last year the fund had to cash in 28 billion in Treasury ‘IOU’s’ from past borrowing escapades and this year it was projected to be 130 billion…!?

    What’s needed to be done is to raise the maximum taxable earnings limit to $250,000 from the measily $110,100 in 2012.

    Higher income people including multi-millionaires to billionaires so too claim their benefits. Instead of legislators et al. whining about problems with the system all they need to do take care of business.

    So too the program needs be audited for abuses in terms of people receivng SSI who should not or using the program for questionable benefits to those that didn’t pay into the system over the years.

    http://www.ssa.gov/pressoffice/colafacts.htm

    Everything our legislators and the Executive does in D.C. is backasswards in terms of solving problems, seemingly only to create more grief for future generations.

    Carl Nemo **==

  2. woody188

    December 9, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Sounds like the dog that doesn’t bite. He’s all set for his 2 weeks in Hawaii. This is a bluff, and a bad one at that. No one is taking Obama seriously.

  3. Rick

    December 10, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Next up for SS? Means testing!