With the event horizon of the vote on the Reid Health Care Bill approaching, it appears that passage of the legislation would, yet again, amount to President Barack Obama breaking his “no new middle class tax” pledge.
As blogger Keith Hennessey reminds readers, then-candidate Obama pledged on September 12, 2008:
‘I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.’
Hennessey notes that Obama first broke that pledge with his February signing of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009, which hiked tobacco taxes by 156%