Barack Obama has already been rebuffed by his own party, so he will try to raise taxes through executive order.
Bernie Sanders is a self-described “socialist.” Even though he caucuses with the Democrats, he refuses to join them, running as an independent. He is at least as left-wing as anyone else in Congress.
Guess who is listening to him.
Sanders wrote a letter to Jack Lew at the Treasury Department claiming that the executive branch could, in various ways, unilaterally raise taxes. The press recently asked about what the President thought of these proposals. Conn Carroll reports at Townhall.com, “Obama “Very Interested” In Raising Taxes through Executive Action.”
“The president certainly has not indicated any reticence in using his executive authority to try and advance an agenda that benefits middle class Americans,” Earnest said in response to a question about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) calling on Obama to raise more than $100 billion in taxes through IRS executive action.
“Now I don’t want to leave you with the impression that there is some imminent announcement, there is not, at least that I know of,” Earnest continued. “But the president has asked his team to examine the array of executive authorities that are available to him to try to make progress on his goals. So I am not in a position to talk in any detail at this point, but the president is very interested in this avenue generally,” Earnest finished.
In my opinion, this means you can bank on it: the President is going to unilaterally raise our taxes.
Remember, the President has shown that he is desperate for revenue. He tried to float a new tax to support “free” community college for everyone and had to walk back his proposal within days. This meant backtracking on his own State of the Union Address! And the reason why he had to back down was because the new tax he proposed to pay the tuition was a tax on the middle class. Democrats were not happy with it because the voters were not happy with it. The fact that Obama had to resort to such a tax demonstrates that he is hard pressed to find sources of extra revenue.
So if the President is now revealing that he is “very interested” in finding ways the executive can raise taxes, I think we can safely bet that he will stop at nothing until he has achieved that objective. We know that the current crew at the IRS is completely loyal to Obama and will do whatever he bids.
And what will Congress do to oppose him? Not much. Once again, this means they have to use the power of the purse to defund the IRS. But we already know that Congress will never do so.