Obama Sharpens Language Against House GOP - Political Hotsheet
Tossing aside friendlier language from weeks past, President Obama for the second time used his weekly address to urge House Republicans to vote the “right way” on a bill to extend middle class tax cuts.
Whether the “typical family” will be hit with $2,200 in tax hikes next year now rests in the Republican-controlled House, the president said, lauding the Senate’s passage this week of his plan to extend the George W. Bush-era tax cuts for American families making less than $250,000 a year. “If 218 Members of the House vote the right way, 98 percent of American families and 97 percent of small business owners will have the certainty of knowing that that their income taxes will not go up next year,” he said.
While his message was not unfamiliar (he delivered similar remarks two weeks ago), Mr. Obama’s language was noticeably more aggressive. Whereas his prior plea recognized House Republicans and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney as having “different” economic ideas from his own, this week he said their “top-down” approach is flat-out “wrong,” holding up the contrasting plans as props.