Biden criticizes Trump’s tax cut order but oops…Obama once said it would be ‘inexcusable’ to block a similar tax cut

By Duncan Smith

Well, it happened again.

Someone forgot to ‘advice’ Joe Biden before he opened his gaffe-prone mouth about a policy initiative implemented by President Trump.

But hey, Democrats are all cool with Biden because he can ride a bike!

The Daily Caller notes:

Vice President Joe Biden criticized President Donald Trump’s executive order paving the way for a payroll tax holiday years after former President Barack Obama called it ‘inexcusable’ for lawmakers not to extend a similar cut during the recovery from the 2008 recession.

Trump signed an executive order Saturday ordering a payroll tax holiday from Aug. 1 through the end of 2020 in an attempt to boost an economy struggling from the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns.

Biden called the order ‘a reckless war on Social Security’ in a statement Saturday, but comments come in contrast to Obama’s decision in 2011 to sign a similar payroll tax cut.

Trump’s order specifies that the deferral period would begin Sept. 1, with the president suggesting it could be retroactive to Aug. 1. The president also suggested that he might make permanent payroll tax cuts if he is reelected in November. ‘If I win, I may extend and terminate,’ he said Saturday while announcing the order. …

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee argued that, unlike his Democratic predecessor, Trump’s order doesn’t provide ‘protections or guarantees that the Social Security Trust Fund will be made whole.’

Obama criticized lawmakers in 2011 who opposed any calls to reduce the tax cut while Americans were dealing with the fallout from the 2008 recession.

‘It is my expectation, in fact it would be inexcusable for Congress not to further extend this middle-class tax cut for the rest of the year,’ the former president said during a press conference in 2011 addressing ways to help an ailing economy. ‘This is a way to boost the economy that has been supported by these very same Democrats and Republicans in the past.’

Oops.



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