When surveyed whether Obama had raised or lowered taxes, less than 10% respond that Obama has lowered their federal taxes. And yet, since entering office, Obama lowered taxes for over 90% of the population.
Making this even more ironic, those tax cuts were part of the stimulus bill, a bill which right-wingers routinely attack while simultaneously calling for more tax cuts.
One reason people didn’t notice the tax cut was because rather than sending out a tax rebate check with great fanfare, they purposely designed it to lower withholding in people’s paychecks. While rebate checks may make for good politics, they don’t help the economy as much since people are more likely to put a single check into savings, while an increase in the size of their paycheck is more likely to be spent, stimulating the economy.
Obama purposely did something that was better for the economy, but worse for his own politics. And yet the pundits (on both sides) attack him for not being more political. Which would you rather have — a president who is actually trying to solve our economic problems, or a leader who does things that sound good, but don’t work as well? I’m afraid that the midterm elections will demonstrate that Americans stupidly prefer the latter.