Obama: We Should Rename ‘Buffett Rule’ To ‘Reagan Rule’
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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Would Ronald Reagan support the Warren Buffett rule? President Obama believes so.
As the Senate prepares to vote on the rule next week that would call for Americans making at least $1 million to pay a 30 percent income tax, Obama said Wednesday that they should rename it the “Reagan rule” due to the former president’s concept of the fair share plan.
“Some years ago, one of my predecessors traveled across the country pushing for the same concept,” Obama said at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, according to CBS News. “This president gave another speech where he said it was ‘crazy’ — that’s a quote — that certain tax loopholes make it possible for multi-millionaires to pay nothing while a bus driver was paying 10 percent of his salary. That wild-eyed socialist, tax-hiking, class warrior was Ronald Reagan.”
Obama added that they could call it the “Reagan rule” if it will help Republicans in Congress to back the measure.
“(Reagan) thought that in America the wealthiest should pay there fair share and he said so,” Obama said. “But what Ronald Reagan was calling for then is the same thing we are calling for now – a return to basic fairness and responsibility.”
Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney has gone after the president’s tax plan, saying it’s wrong for the country.
“The right course for America is not to divide America,” Romney told a GOP dinner gathering in Mendenhall, near Philadelphia, on Tuesday. “That’s what he’s doing,” he said of Obama. “His campaign is all about finding Americans to blame and attack, and find someone to tax more, someone who isn’t giving, isn’t paying their fair share.”
He said Obama prefers “a government-centered society.”
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told CBS Miami that the “Buffett rule” won’t help grow the economy.
“I understand the polls, I can read a poll just like Barack Obama can,” Rubio told CBS Miami. “I understand that people look at it and say, ‘Yeah, how come Warren Buffett pays less than his secretary?’ What they need to understand is the reason why he may pay less than his secretary is that she makes her money on a paycheck and he makes his money on investments. We have always wanted Warren Buffett to instead of putting that money in a coffee can, to take his money and invest it because that created jobs.”
The measure has little chance of getting passed.
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