Saturday, February 21, 2009

President Obama's Weekly Address

From Daily Kos:

Last week, it was jobs. This week it's tax cuts.

President Obama rolled out a second tactic to sell his recovery plan to the American people this morning, using his weekly address to emphasize the tax breaks, which he claims are the most quickly enacted and the most widespread in American history.

Starting off with an emphasis on jobs--and a lyrical rhetoric of repetition in which he began sentence after sentence with the same reminder of what he and the Congress passed last week ("Because of what we did ...")--he built to a resounding passage of specifics that should get tax-cut lovers on his side:

Because of what we did, 95% of all working families will get a tax cut – in keeping with a promise I made on the campaign. And I’m pleased to announce that this morning, the Treasury Department began directing employers to reduce the amount of taxes withheld from paychecks – meaning that by April 1st, a typical family will begin taking home at least $65 more every month. Never before in our history has a tax cut taken effect faster or gone to so many hardworking Americans.

And once again, as he's been underscoring since the signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he reminded Americans that the bill is only the first step in a larger process of rescue legislation. "The road ahead," he warned, "will be long and full of hazards."

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