On Monday, President Barack Obama went to a campaign-style rally in Michigan and attempted to put pressure on Congressional Republicans to raise taxes on those making more than $250,000 and railed against Michigan’s recently-passed right-to-work legislation.
Obama, instead of negotiating with Congressional Republicans on a budget deal, called the bill that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) may sign into law this week the beginning of a “race to the bottom.”
“If Congress doesn’t act soon, everyone’s going to see their income taxes go up,” Obama said. ““We can solve this problem — all Congress needs to do is prevent a tax hike on the first $250,000 of everybody’s income.”
Obama has insisted he will not sign a budget deal that does not raise taxes on those making more than $250,000. The president has indicated that he may even veto his own plans for tax increases if Congress does not give him unilateral power to raise the debt ceiling without Congressional approval.