Obama Goes Toe-To-Toe With Stephanopoulos On "Tax Increases"
is that no one in the middle class would get a tax increase on your watch.
STEPHANOPOULOS: … Under this mandate, the
government is forcing people to spend money, fining you if you don’t.
How is that not a tax?
OBAMA: … No. That’s not true, George….
STEPHANOPOULOS: I — I don’t think I’m making it up. Merriam Webster’s
Dictionary: Tax — “a charge, usually of money, imposed by authority on
persons or property for public purposes.”
OBAMA: George, the fact that you looked up Merriam’s Dictionary, the
definition of tax increase, indicates to me that you’re stretching a little bit right now.
Otherwise, you wouldn’t have gone to the
dictionary to check on the definition. I