WASHINGTON.— US President Barack Obama has
proposed higher taxes for the U.S. rich as part of his plan for
reducing the nation’s deficit. However, the initiative stands
little chance of passing Congress, with the Republicans already
lining up against the President’s tax proposal.
The New York Times revealed that Obama had a
deficit reduction plan on Monday; and a set of new measures to
stimulate the economy and create jobs─ currently, there are an
estimated 14 million unemployed in the US.
Obama’s so-called ‘Buffett Rule’ is designed to
prevent millionaires from taking advantage of lower tax rates on
investment earnings than what middle-income taxpayers pay on
their wages by imposing a minimum tax rate on wealthy filers.
The measure would only affect 0.3 percent of US taxpayers─ less
than 450,000 people─ but it has already sparked off a public
outcry, especially among power circles and US congressmen who
see their interests undermined.
Meanwhile, the White House announced they have
no intentions of extending the tax breaks on the rich, a
resolution adopted during the George W. Bush administration
which terminates in January, 2012.
While poor and middle-class US citizens fight in
Afghanistan and thousands work day and night to make it to the
end of month, America’s wealthy people get amazing tax
exemptions, the New York Times said.
President Obama, whose popularity has dropped by
more than 50 percent since the spring of 2010, is, for the time
being, completely focused on advancing his job creation plan to
cope with the alarming unemployment.