By RICHARD LABONARD and JEREMY MELVIN President Obama has been able to get his tax reform bill through Congress thanks to the fact that his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, failed to even pass his own bill.
In the end, Republicans took advantage of the political chaos to pass their own tax bill in May.
Obama will be remembered as a champion of the middle class, but he did not get the credit he deserved.
His legacy will be the legacy of the American people who gave him the power to make the tax code fairer and more just.
He did not, however, get credit for getting us to work again.
In fact, he helped to create the conditions for the next wave of economic growth and growth.
But he did more than just get us to grow.
His tax reform was also the first step to a more equitable tax system that would benefit the middle classes, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
When he was president, Obama set out to change the tax system by making it fairer.
As President he and Congress worked together to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2009, which reduced the top tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent and also included a doubling of the standard deduction to $10,000 for married couples filing jointly.
The bill was one of the biggest tax cuts in history and also one of his most popular.
By 2013, after the Great Recession had passed, the middle and lower classes had regained the ability to get by on their own.
For example, the top marginal tax rate for individual filers in the highest bracket went from 35 to 15 percent, and the top rate for married taxpayers went from 39.6 percent to 33 percent.
These rates reduced the incentives for the wealthy to work hard and invest.
This was a significant achievement, and they helped lift the middle- and low-income Americans out of poverty.
But for most Americans, this is the most important part of the story.
For the vast majority of Americans, the main reason they are not in poverty is because they do not earn enough to afford health insurance or rent a home.
We have seen this story play out in real time in the United States for decades.
When the Great Depression hit in the early 1930s, many Americans faced hardships that had never been seen in American history.
The Great Depression was a crisis for the country, and it was a great disaster for the economy.
During the Great War, millions of men, women, and children starved to death in war-torn Europe.
The economic downturn that followed World War II also helped fuel a great economic boom that put millions of Americans back to work.
In addition, during the Great Society era, millions were given work incentives that helped make it possible for many Americans to get a college education.
But during the 2008 economic collapse, the American economy was thrown into chaos.
The economy was unable to absorb the full economic and job benefits from the recovery, which left millions of American families struggling.
At the same time, many young Americans were unable to find jobs that would enable them to support their families.
The American people, and particularly the young people, were deeply affected.
This crisis hit particularly hard among the working-class and poor.
Many young people were not able to find decent jobs that could allow them to start a family.
They were also struggling to afford housing, groceries, and other necessities of life.
By the middle of the next decade, many of these people were experiencing homelessness, poverty, and unemployment.
They had little hope of ever making ends meet.
When unemployment hit 15 percent in 2013, this was the lowest level since the Great Catastrophe of 1929.
Millions of people lost their jobs and were not eligible for government benefits, which created enormous pressure on the federal government.
These crises, combined with the enormous cost of caring for the homeless, made the recession even more devastating than it already was.
The recession caused many Americans, especially the young, to struggle financially.
For many, the recession meant losing their jobs.
For some, the depression and its aftermath meant they were no longer able to buy a home and start a new family.
In many cases, they had to rely on food stamps, Medicaid, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to help them survive.
For a lot of people, the pain of unemployment and poverty is still with them today.
The president, his administration, and Congress took action to address the economic crisis and the need to create jobs.
They enacted policies that helped keep millions of families from falling into poverty.
They passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which created a new incentive to work: the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
These credits were designed to provide families with a little extra money to help with rent, food, and medical expenses.
The EITC was an important part the tax reform package, and President Obama made sure it was fully funded and implemented by