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At DNC Fundraiser, "Amused" Obama Says Tea Partiers Should Thank Him

10:13 AM, Apr 16, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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The Hill reports on President Obama's remarks at a DNC fundraiser in Miami:

President Barack Obama struck a hyperpartisan note Thursday, telling Democrats that he was "amused" by the Tax Day Tea Party rallies.

Obama, addressing a Democratic National Committee (DNC) fundraiser in Miami, did little to endear himself to the Tea Party groups protesting around the country, saying "they should be saying thank you" because of the tax cuts he has signed into law.

Allahpundit reminds us of all that Americans have to be thankful for:

For starters, he’s lying: He has raised some taxes, contrary to his campaign pledge two years ago. But more than that, he seems almost to be laughing at people for being concerned about deficits. Did we or did we not learn just last night that a majority of tea partiers think their taxes are fair? They’re not some fanatic “zero tax” movement, in other words. They’re willing to pay what they’re paying now; what they want is a government small enough to make ends meet with what they’re paying. [...]

What’s most amazing about this is that everyone understands the feds will need to raise taxes, and soon, to try to put a dent in our Everest of liabilities. That was the entire point of Paul Volcker, Obama’s own advisor, whispering about a VAT a few weeks ago.

Whether it's future tax hikes or hyperinflation, Americans making less than $250,000 will pay for Obama's runaway spending. Obamacare will drive up premiums and health care costs for a lot of people. And, of course, the majority of tax hikes which currently target the wealthy leave businessmen with less to invest and hence fewer jobs for the middle class. Thanks a lot, Mr. President.

Correction: This post originally reported Obama made his remarks at a $30,000 per person fundraiser hosted by Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Obama did attend that fundraiser, but made these remarks later at a different fundraiser in Miami.

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