Obama should extend the Bush tax cuts to everyone – and, hey, he wants to

President Obama's proposal does extend the tax cuts to everyone, despite reports to the contrary. The first $250,000 of everyone's income would be protected.

Charles Dharapak / AP
President Obama walks back to the White House after meeting with newly elected governors at the Blair House in Washington, Dec. 2. Mr. Obama has received repeated criticisms for not wanting to extend the Bush tax cuts to all Americans – but that's exactly what his proposal does.

The President should propose that the Bush tax cuts be extended for EVERYONE — but only on their first $250,000 of income.

Hey, wait a minute. That’s exactly what he is proposing. EVERYONE gets a continuation of the Bush tax cuts on the first $250,000 of their incomes. If your income is $251,000, you’ll get the Bush tax cut on $250,000 of it. Only $1,000 would be taxed at the higher Clinton rate.

So why have Republicans been able to say Obama and the Democrats don’t want to extend the Bush tax cuts to everyone?

Call it another White House and Democratic communications failure.

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