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David Plouffe: "We Did the Math"

Deputy Director of Digital Content, The White House

This morning, David Plouffe, Senior Advisor to President Obama, sent the message below to individuals on the White House email list about the House Republican Budget. If you didn't get the email, be sure to sign up at http://wh.gov/get-email-updates.

Every day, you and your family make choices about how you spend your money and what investments you make. Leaders in Congress do the same thing when they draw up their budgets for the country. And if you spend some time with their plans, you learn what they value, you see the type of country they want America to be.

So when Congressman Paul Ryan put out a new budget for the House Republicans this week, we spent some time with it. We took a careful look and did the math.

Here's what we learned.

Republicans in Washington want to give millionaires and billionaires an average tax break of at least $150,000. They want to pay for those tax cuts by slashing programs that create jobs and protect our children, our seniors, and the veterans who have fought for the country. They want to end Medicare as we know it. And they want to undercut our economic strength by rolling back key investments in education, research, and our nation's roads and bridges.
President Obama believes we need to live within our means and that's why he put forward a balanced plan that reduces the deficit by more than $4 trillion. But the plan put forward by the GOP fails that test of balance.

To show you what we mean, we've put together an infographic that breaks out the kinds of priorities we'd have to give up for the $150,000 tax break that Republicans want to give to the nation's millionaires and billionaires.

Check it out here: http://wh.gov/RUR and forward this message to your friends. The more people who share it, the more folks will understand what's at stake and how we can do better for the middle class.

David Plouffe
Senior Advisor to the President

You can view the full-size graphic here: http://wh.gov/RUR

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  • March 22, 2012
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  • Peter B.


    Peter B.

    Qualified Accountant looking for Controller/Treasurer/Fund Accounting opportunities in Canada, USA, Australia etc.

    The President has been in office for more than 3 years and hasn't presented a budget. If he was the CEO of a company he should be fired by the Board of Directors.

  • Douglas R.


    Douglas R.

    Insurance Agent at US Health Advisors

    You did the math? Is this the same math that came up with the cost of your heath care bill? The same math that said unemployment would not go over 8%? The same math that tells us how many jobs you 'created or saved' with the stimulus bill?


    Same math?

  • James H.


    James H.

    Account Executive - Paladin Consulting, Inc

    I'm neither a billionaire or millionaire, but wouldn't it be possible that those receiving a tax cut could donate or spend that money to do the things that the White House wants to do?

  • Douglas R.


    Douglas R.

    Insurance Agent at US Health Advisors

    We did the math, and we discovered that if you let people who work hard and create jobs keep their money, they will work harder and create more jobs.

    But the people who do the math at the White House are freaking stupid, so their math is different.

  • Ross M.


    Ross M.

    Software and Solutions Architect at Diebold

    do the math again please, last I heard the Dems have yet to put forth a budget period.
    so rather than play politics introduce your budget.....and may the best ideas win. That is what we the people want. LESS POLITICS and MORE SOLUTIONS

  • Elijah C.


    Elijah C.

    Market Director at Apollo Education Group

    I would have to agree with Douglas. This administration is not known for coming up with honest numbers.

    @Peter; The president has presented a budget...problem is that his budgets do nothing more than put our country further and further into debt. By all standards, the USA is broke. We can't afford all the "investments" the liberal establishment and President Obama advocate for.


  • Kathleen W.


    Kathleen W.

    International Human Resources Director

    I'm always disappointed when I see press releases like this, one party blaming the other. All the name calling and finger pointing has to stop-on both sides. You're a Sr. Advisor to the President of the United States of America--rise above it. Set an example. or at least act like you represent all the people not just one political party.

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