White House Caves, Will Extend Bush Tax Cuts
But Axelrod says Obama will veto any health care threat
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2010 2:01 AM CST
Updated Nov 11, 2010 7:50 AM CST
"We are firm in our commitment, we are willing to work with people to improve this plan we are not going to stand for those who want to undermine it and destroy it," Axelrod said.   (AP Photo/NBC, William B. Plowman)

(Newser) – Any Republican attempt to repeal health care reform legislation won't make it past President Obama's veto pen, top adviser David Axelrod tells the Huffington Post. The president is willing to give ground in other areas and is prepared to accept an across-the-board continuation of Bush-era tax cuts even for the wealthiest taxpayers, according to Axelrod. "We have to deal with the world as we find it—the world of what it takes to get this done," he said.

He indicated it was the only way that middle-class taxpayers would be able to maintain their cuts. Axelrod says the administration is willing to work with politicians willing to improve health care legislation but not with those intent on destroying it. He says the president has called every Republican senator-elect and many of the incoming House lawmakers—more than 100 calls in all. Axelrod, a former political reporter, says the Tea Party movement marks a "fascinating time in our history." He believes Obama may be able to work with the movement on issues like ending earmarks and withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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Nov 11, 2010 8:41 PM CST
Let's see. The Tea Party wants to cut taxes, have a smaller government, reduce the deficit, and increase defense spending. And, the Republicans, ditto. But, when it comes down to how they plan to go about doing all these things they wind up back at square one. Maybe. Smaller government? Yeah, but, don't cut defense, and keep the Bush tax cuts. But, those two things will increase the deficit. Oh, I didn't know that. Repeal Obamacare? Yeah, but I don't want my insurance company to drop me when my illness begins to cost them too much. Too bad. I have a preexisting condition. Is that OK? No! Oh well, in that case... And my rates, will they go up without Obamacare? Oh yes, quite a bit. Perhaps 40% in one year - like what happened in California. Bummer. How about Medicare? Should we reduce the benefits? Oh no, my mother is on Medicare. I didn't think about that. I guess we will have to keep it the way it is...for now. Maybe in twenty years we can... Wait. I'll need Medicare by then. How about cutting Social Security and S.S.D.I.? Oh, my son is on S.S.D.I. You know, he is handicapped. And, I plan on retiring at 65. Oh well. what is left? Defense. Oh, we can't cut that. Bush said, if we cut defense the terrorists win. So, what do you want to do? Throw all the bums out in 2012. But, who do you want to replace them? I don't know. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. But, the bridges are collapsing or are in great disrepair. Well, I guess we will have to raise taxes or cut defense spending. But, wait, that goes against what the Tea Party and the Republicans stand for. I mean why did we just have an election? Hmmm.... You have a point there.
Nov 11, 2010 8:30 PM CST
feeling the heat ehhhh Dims...rofl rofl rofl
Nov 11, 2010 5:06 PM CST
Obama is no progressive. Good job convincing your base to stay home in 2012, I hope you enjoy your term.