On taxes, Obama's long list of broken promises

Why are liberals so upset by Barack Obama's agreement to extend all the Bush tax cuts, even those on the highest-earning Americans?  Perhaps because they believed what he said during the presidential campaign.  Just as a reminder, here is a non-exhaustive look at candidate Obama's statements on the Bush tax cuts:

“It's true that I want to roll back the Bush tax cuts on the wealthiest Americans.” Chester, Pennsylvania, October 28, 2008

“We are going to roll back the Bush tax cuts on the wealthiest Americans, those making more than $250,000 a year.” Lake Worth, Florida, October 21, 2008

“Yes, I'm going to roll back the Bush tax cuts for the very wealthiest Americans.” New Philadelphia, Ohio, September 3, 2008

“I think it is very important to roll back the Bush tax cuts on some of the wealthiest Americans.” Chesapeake, Virginia, August 21, 2008

“We're going to have to roll back the Bush tax cuts on the top one percent.” Fargo, North Dakota, July 3, 2008

“I'm going to roll back the Bush tax cuts back to the levels they were in the 1990s.” Interview with Fox News Channel, June 26, 2008

“I will roll back the Bush tax cuts on people making over $250,000.” Watertown, South Dakota, May 16, 2008

“We are going to roll back the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.” Raleigh, North Carolina, May 3, 2008

“It is true that I would roll back the Bush tax cuts on the wealthiest Americans back to the level they were under Bill Clinton.” Fox News Sunday, April 27, 2008

“We're going to roll back the Bush tax cuts on the top one percent.” Lancaster, Pennsylvania, March 31, 2008

“I want to roll back those Bush tax cuts on the wealthiest Americans.” Youngstown, Ohio, February 18, 2008

“Let's roll back the Bush tax cuts on the wealthiest Americans.” Washington, DC, June 19, 2007

“I would roll back the Bush tax cuts for those making over $250,000.” Manchester, New Hampshire, June 3, 2007

Given all those statements — and there were many, many more just like them in the long campaign — is it any wonder that Obama's most ardent supporters are beside themselves?  They have hated the Bush tax cuts for nearly a decade now, and they expected the president to fight the Republican minority in the Senate, in hand-to-hand combat if necessary, to put an end to the cuts for the highest earners.  Instead, Obama made a deal and then scolded his liberal supporters for being “sanctimonious” and holding a “purist position” — that is, precisely the position he took so many times during the campaign. Two days ago, a primary challenge to the president seemed nearly impossible.  Today, it is still unlikely, but not out of the question.

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