For weeks after the November elections that swept the Republicans into power in the House and the majority of positions throughout the United States, President Obama and his supporters have gone from the “enemy” having to “ride in the back seat” to suddenly stressing the need to “compromise” with them on major legislation.
Ask, and you shall receive.
President Obama now has to deal with his first real compromise with the GOP… allowing the Bush 2003 tax cuts to be extended for another 2 years, which would include the wealthiest Americans as well as the middle class. In return, the GOP would allow another 13 months of unemployment benefits, which will cost into the billions of dollars; money that we don’t actually have.
I guess it’s time to give China a ring again.
In typical Obama fashion, the president has once again directly attacked the GOP, stating:
“It’s tempting not to negotiate with hostage takers unless the hostage gets harmed. In this case, the hostage was the American people.”
He also described the so-called “tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans” as the Republicans’ “holy grail”, and that it would be too difficult for him to move forward unless the GOP got what they wanted.
I guess that means the Republicans are terrorists now. Then again, accusations like that from the liberals is nothing new.
So here’s what we have in a nutshell… President Obama says “we won, no deals” after the 2008 election, then he turns around and says “let’s make a deal” after he gets his butt kicked in November, so the Republicans actually make a deal and he and his allies scream “you’re all terrorists!”
I couldn’t help but notice the anger, arrogance and contempt he expressed in his press conference, even towards his fellow liberals, some who even accused him of being a “patsy” for “caving in” to the GOP. It was a performance worthy of a dictator from a third-world, banana republic.
How to explain his attitude? Was this because he didn’t get what he wanted, or could it partially be that maybe he’s realizing for the first time just what kind of fickle allies helped put him into office in the first place?
At any rate, we still have a ways to go on this compromise. There’s no actual bill yet, nor any legislation. Many Democrats and a few Republicans, each thinking they could have gotten a better deal, have vowed to vote against the proposal.
They had better make up their minds soon, because when those Bush tax cuts expire this January, and they go back up to pre-2003 levels, everybody loses.
Obama Calls the GOP “Hostage Takers” Over Tax Cut Compromise : Video, Real Clear Politics.com, 12/7/2010
Obama Explains Deal: Tax Cuts for Wealthy the GOP “Holy Grail” : John Tomasic, The Colorado Independent.com, 12/08/2010