Obama himself has said that “you don’t raise taxes in a recession.” Why then would he risk economic damage when facing reelection? Because these proposals have no chance of being enacted, many of them having been rejected by the Democratic-controlled Congress of Obama’s first two years in office.
Jedoch erschöpft sich die Wirkung von Obamas Plänen darin nicht, laut Krauthammer ist die Öffentlichkeitswirksamkeit Teil einer authentischen Wandlung des Präsidenten zurück zu seinen Ursprüngen.
But this is more than a political calculation. It is more than just a pander to his base. It is a pander to himself: Obama is a member of his base. He believes this stuff. It is an easy and comfortable political shift for him, because it’s a shift from a phony centrism back to his social-democratic core, from positioning to authenticity.