Orzsag: Obama’s tax pledge was a ‘preference,’ not a pledge 

Lloyd Grove reports at the Daily Beast that White House budget director Peter Orszag hemmed and hawed at a Manhattan breakfast this morning when asked about President Obama’s ironclad pledge not to raise taxes on families making less than $250,000 per year.

When Grove tried to pin him down, Orszag descended into an uncomfortable and incomprehensible run-on sentence. From The Beast:

[H] described Obama’s “read my lips, no new taxes” pledge as a “stance” and a “preference” that is subject to study by the president’s newly formed bipartisan Commission on Fiscal Responsibility.

“The president has been very clear about what he prefers,” Orszag said under questioning from Thomson Reuters’ Chrystia Freeland. “That was his stance during the campaign, and he still believes that’s the right course forward. But he has also been very clear that we shall let the commission go do its work.” …

…Later on during the breakfast, Orszag resisted my attempts to pin him down when I asked if the White House could live with a tax increase on the middle class.“No, I didn’t say that,” he answered. “What I did say is look, the typical thing that’s going to happen, and it’s already been happening, is everyone is going to come along with this idea—the value added tax, this thing under $250,000, Social Security, Medicare changes, what have you—and you’re looking for us to say no, yes, no, yes, no, yes—which will mean that the commission has absolutely nothing to talk about and nothing to do. The president has been very clear that we’re not going to play that game.”

Short version: You are a sucker if you ever believed this:

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