Monday, July 9, 2012
Texas Governor Rick Perry follows in Bobby Jindal's footsteps, confirming that he'll deny his constituents the health care benefits provided by the Affordable Care Act. ᔥ TPM
We all remember back in May when Vice President Joe Biden let his views on gay marriage slip a little early on Meet The Press. Intentionally or not, Biden forced the President to express his support just a few days later. We may have a similar situation brewing this morning. Yesterday, Candy Crowley backed senior advisor for the Obama campaign Robert Gibbs into a bit of a corner on whether President Obama was committed to letting the Bush tax cuts for those making over $250,000 per year expire (while extending them for those making less). With some prodding, Gibbs said President Obama is "100% committed" to making that happen. ᔥ ThinkProgress And now the lead story on The New York Times points to the President's plans to announce these changes later today at the White House. Was this all one, big coordinated plan with Robert Gibbs leading the way on CNN? Or is it another example of President Obama rushing out a plan to breeze past a semi-awkward Sunday morning talk show appearance? We'll probably never know for sure, but what we do know is that the substance of this policy will fly right in the face of everything Mitt Romney believes in, and will no doubt force him to defend tax cuts for the very wealthy. Now we just need to avoid a Joe the Plumber situation, where people who make way less than the designated $250,000 cut-off imagine themselves to be millionaires.