The free-spending Prez wants more More MORE for his vision of Big Government - and to secure a legacy that extends beyond the failures of Obamacare, a disasterous foreign policy, and dismal economic news - and so he reaches into the grab-bag of goodies that Democrat want to bestow on his subjects, er, citizens. Community college will be "free"; legalizing millions of aliens will be "free"; mandatory paid maternity leave will be "free"; and so on.
And his bright idea for paying for this largesse? Take it out of the middle class, because that's where the money is.
The Left can whine all it wants about giveaways to fat cats; what they really want are even more transfers of wealth from the middle class to the poor. And, of course, they refuse to be honest about it. As I've said before, if you want to take from the rich to give to the poor, then target wealthy baseball players' salaries, or movie stars' incomes. But no, the proposals are always ones that are aimed squarely at people who have jobs, save responsibly, and ask little of the government beyond basic services. That's how we end up with proposals to tax 529 college savings plans, tax capital gains more highly, and tax inherited houses more highly.