And by kind’ve I mean that this wildly exceeded any expectations — and frankly any hopes — that I had for pushback against conservative frames. From the speech . given today by President O-Face:
The fourth step in our approach is to reduce spending in the tax code, so-called tax expenditures. … [T]he tax code is also loaded up with spending on things like itemized deductions. … I believe reform should … build on the fiscal commission’s model of reducing tax expenditures[.] … [My proposal] calls for tax reform to cut about $1 trillion in tax expenditures—spending in the tax code.
Remains to be seen if this can be made to stick — it sure doesn’t help that there’s a pre-packaged “Obama was for tax expenditures before he was against them” argument here for the GOP, but the end of last year was … fuck, at least a week ago, so we can probably count on our collective societal ADD to take most of the edge off that one. Also, let’s be honest: it’s not particularly hard to frame tax expenditures for “just folks” as different, better, and more wholesome than tax expenditures for the monocles-tophats-and-fangs crowd.
I’ve been scared lately, and I’ve been shitting on the President pretty hard as a result. (Mostly in private, as you can see from the copious amount of work I’ve been putting in over here.) Credit where it’s due: this is encouraging.