Democratic Activists Criticize Possible Compromise on Tax Cuts
(Washington Post) — Democratic activists Thursday sharply criticized White Houseofficials after a published report indicated that President Obama is likely to back a temporary extension of tax cuts for households with income over $250,000 a year. Obama responded Friday that while he was open to compromise, his top priority remains making middle-class tax cuts permanent. In an interview with the Huffington Post, top Obama adviser David Axelrod said: “We have to deal with the world as we find it,” in noting that the White House might compromise with the GOP on the issue. He said that White House officials have long opposed a permanent extension of the tax cuts on upper-income Americans. However, Obama aides also have repeatedly said that they have not ruled out backing a temporary extension of those cuts as part of a compromise with Republicans.