A few days ago, he caved on the millionaire surtax to finance the payroll tax cut. And, as The Hill reports, he also caved on the Keystone XL pipeline rider in the legislation.
President Obama put two conditions in end-game talks on extending the payroll tax holiday.
He wanted to pay for the extension with a surtax on millionaires, and he made clear that the Keystone XL oil pipeline should be kept out of the legislation.
Oh well, at least the Republicans gave him a major concession in exchange:
In the end, Obama got neither demand.
Just a week after saying he would reject a payroll tax cut extension that included Keystone language, Obama backpedaled on both issues and won just a two-month extension of the payroll tax holiday, far less than the full-year extension he requested in his jobs bill.
Millionaires won’t pay higher taxes for the cost of the payroll cut, and House Republicans forced the White House to swallow language forcing Obama to make a decision in 60 days on approving development of the oil sands pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf Coast.
“Any effort to try to tie Keystone to the payroll tax cut I will reject,” the president said. “So everybody should be on notice.”
No, they didn’t force him. He made a choice to back down on items he had gone on record saying he would never back down on. And the only notice he has put everyone on, is that Pres. Barack Obama will ALWAYS break his promises to the people who elected him.