ResistNet.com SEOUL â€“ In the homestretch of his nine-day, post-election foreign trip, a prickly President Barack Obama faced a barrage of questions about his domestic agenda and how heâ€™ll govern with an emboldened
Republican leadership in Congress.
Obama, speaking during a press conference at the end of the two-day G-20 summit, knocked down reports that heâ€™s settled on a compromise with Republicans on extending the Bush tax cuts. He gave a bland endorsement of outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosiâ€™s bid for leadership in the new Congress. And he said he intends to also push Republicans to support a range of his proposals to speed up job growth, including infrastructure investments and tax incentives for businesses.
â€œMy expectation would be that thereâ€™s no reason for them not to support them just because Iâ€™m supporting them,â€ Obama said.
At the same time, Obama said permanently extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy would be â€œa mistakeâ€ and called Republican support for the move â€œfiscally irresponsible.â€ He repeated several times that his top priority is making the tax cuts for the middle class permanent, something he believes the government can afford despite a mounting deficit.
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