A gaffe is when a politician says something that’s true, even though it’s not a good idea to say it out loud.
Republicans “have had trouble saying yes to a number of repeated offers,” President Obama told David Gregory in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” broadcast Sunday, discussing fiscal cliff talks.
The administration’s proposal for making permanent 98% of the Bush-Obama Tax Cuts For The Rich is part of “a pretty mainstream Republican agenda,” Obama said. The fact that many Republicans are opposing raising taxes on the remaining 2% “is an indication of how far certain factions inside the Republican Party have gone,” he added. “The offers that I’ve made to them have been so fair that a lot of Democrats get mad at me.”
Democrats are right to be angry. There is nothing fair about making tax cuts for the rich permanent, when they currently enjoy the lowest tax rates in 40 years, and then say that budget cuts on the rest of Americans are needed to reduce the deficit!