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Today is the day President Obama announces his long-term deficit reduction plan.
UPDATE: 9/19/11 - Obama "Campaign Speech" Proposing the $1.5 Trillion in New TaxesWASHINGTON (AP) -- Drawing a bright line with congressional Republicans, President Barack Obama is proposing $1.5 trillion in new tax revenue as part of his long-term deficit reduction plan, according to senior administration officials.The president on Monday will announce a proposal that includes repeal of Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest taxpayers, nearly $250 billion in reductions in Medicare spending, $330 billion in cuts in other mandatory benefit programs, and savings of $1 trillion from the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, the officials said.The plan includes no changes in Social Security and does not include an increase in the Medicare eligibility age, which the president had considered this summer.The officials briefed reporters Sunday evening, but spoke on the condition of anonymity in advance of the president's announcement.All in all, the president's plan is as much an opening bid as it is a political statement designed to draw contrasts with Republicans, who control the House of Representatives.As such, it was not intended as a compromise and did not include agreements Obama had reached with House Speaker John Boehner during failed deficit reduction negotiations this summer.The new taxes in particular have little or no chance of passing Congress as proposed. Republicans were already lining up against the president's tax proposal before they even knew the magnitude of what he intended to recommend. Read more...
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