ABC “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos:
“I pressed Axelrod on whether Obama will draw a line in the sand and veto any bill that funds health care reform with tax hikes for people making under $250,000 a year — despite a pledge Barack Obama made during the 2008 presidential campaign not to raise taxes on the poor and middle-class.
‘One of the problems we’ve had in this town is that people draw lines in the sand and they stop talking to each other. And you don’t get anything done. That’s not the way the president approaches us. He is very cognizant of protecting people — middle class people, hard-working people who are trying to get along in a very difficult economy. And he will continue to represent them in these talks,’ Axelrod said.”
Translation: Obama lied.
Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform:
The Waxman-Markey legislation raises taxes on energy production and use in the United States–cap and trade–with the stated goal of making energy so much more expensive that Americans will not be able to afford to heat their homes in the winter or cool them in the summer as well as they did last year.