*Look who’s playing hardball.  (And some would say it’s about time.) President Obama is set to announce today that there will be no possibility of extending the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, creating an election-year showdown for Congressional Democrats.

Obama’s economic package proposes an extension of tax cuts for the 98 percent of Americans with incomes below $250,000 for couples and below $200,000 for individuals.

By not extending the tax cuts for the wealthiest, voting against the plan can be seen as a choice between supporting only the rich or supporting the middle class.

On the other hand, his plan could backfire, though, given his diminishing popularity and that this plan has been labeled by some as the “second stimulus.”

In a speech in Cleveland today, the president will push the economic package, which also promises $180 billion in expanded business tax cuts and infrastructure spending.

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