President Obama wanted to let cuts expire above incomes of $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for couples. In the Senate, a bill to enact Obama’s position was blocked on a vote of 53-36, seven votes short of the 60 needed to advance. Republicans were unanimous in their opposition, and were joined by Democratic Sens. Russell Feingold of Wisconsin, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Jim Webb of Virginia and independent Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut.
All of the statements about Obama’s lack of courage ignore the simple math that he didn’t have the votes. So, the GOP has succeeded in, as GOP goons since Reagan have said “starving the beast” .
What is the generations old ulterior motive of starving the beast? The December 1, 2010 article “Reagan Started the Lie of Starving the Beast and Now the GOP is Stuck with It “has a summary which articulates that “The GOP reveres “Teflon Ronnie”. He started cutting taxes with the ulterior motive of shrinking the U.S. social safety net. Current GOP political leaders only have to hoodwink the apathetic red staters and have been able to do so for generations.” This article by the way is hit when in Google you ask for “GOP goons since Reagan have promoted “starving the beast”.”
This is the real fear Obama will face when the new Congress comes in.
During this lame duck Congress Obama hopes there will be bills signed. Good luck on that! And there is even less time in the lame duck session than people realize as the spending bills have not been passed yet. Can’t you see Boehner crowing to his goons that if they can drag their heels and the spending bills aren’t passed in this lame duck then the GOP can cut everything?
The party of no has expertly obstructed everything so far so the odds that the New Start Treaty or DADT being signed are approximately 0. We’ll see soon how the GOP slow tracks everything, but when the new Congress comes in these GOP goons will have control of the House. Darrell Issa has threatened unending investigations with impeachment as the goal. The Tea Partiers swear they won’t increase the debt limit. You can hear them practicing speeches about there being a need to defund the entire social safety net because there is no revenue-which were caused by these tax cuts.
Could Obama have gotten more? How could he against the party of no whose vile actions were rewarded by gaining seats in both chambers? Obama doesn’t get why progressives don’t see the political reality of the situation: Taxes will go up for everyone if he doesn’t make this deal.
The economy will buckle. Families will suffer. He can’t gamble that Republicans will make any last-minute concessions. He has to act. “I have not been able to budge them,” Obama said of the Republicans. “And I don’t think there’s any suggestion anybody in this room thinks, realistically, that we can budge them right now. And in the meantime there are a whole bunch of people being hurt. And the economy would be damaged. And my first job is to make sure the economy is growing, that we’re creating jobs out there, and that people who are struggling are getting some relief.”
The GOP has been vile since the days of Reagan!
The article “The deal does not free the hostages” shows that Obama labels them accurately as after enumerating some of the benefits of the deal the article states “This argument is not without merit, and real progressive sympathy. When presenting it today, President Obama wrapped it up in a hostage crisis analogy:
“I think it’s tempting not to negotiate with hostage takers, unless the hostage gets harmed, then people will question the wisdom of that strategy,” Obama said. “In this case the hostage was the American people and I was not willing to see them get harmed.”
At one juncture, Obama extended the hostage-taking metaphor by talking about escorting the American people to a “safe place” where they might be protected from the political crossfire.”
Is the US safe with the GOP with its rabid right-wing Tea Party fanatics? This isn’t your typical lunatic fringe as the article states “The problem is, this deal does not free the hostages, and escort them to a safe place. This is because, at a minimum, the deal does not raise the debt ceiling.
According to current projections, Congress will have to vote on raising the debt ceiling in late March, or else the whole country goes into default. At that time, Republicans could–and likely will–take the entire country hostage. After their successful hostage taking on the tax cuts, in exchange for raising the debt ceiling preventing default, they could demand spending cuts that will far exceed any of the stimulus in this deal, or exceed any collateral damage caused by not doing this deal.
Further, raising the debt ceiling was actually on the table during the negotiations on the tax cut deal, according to several congressional aides involved in the process. That raising the debt ceiling did not appear in the final deal, and that Mitch McConnell is now saying that “the agreement is essentially final,” is a clear sign that Republicans are not going to just go along with raising the debt ceiling in late March, and will once again engage in hostage taking.”
The idea that seems to be current is that recently we gave into the GOP and that this is behind their present evil actions. That simply isn’t accurate. We should have sent “Tricky Dick” to jail rather than letting Ford pardon him. Reagan was proud of being involved in every policy that was positive, but he claimed he wasn’t involved in Iran Contra. How did we let him skate? Bush 41 pardoned other GOP crooks caught in Iran Contra and his weasel son let “Scooter” off. We’ve repeatedly shown them that there is no consequence for their actions throughout the last half of century, not just recently. Why would we be surprised that these corrupt crooks wouldn’t continue?
The article states “Representative Peter Welch, who is a leader of the opposition to the deal among House Democrats, specifically mentioned the debt ceiling issue in his response to President Obama’s press conference today (from a press release received over email):
“Before the ink is dry on this deal, the Republican leaders who demanded its passage will vilify the President as a reckless spender who just added a trillion dollars to the national debt. Then they will vote against raising the debt ceiling.”
At an absolute minimum, if Republicans do not agree to raising the debt ceiling as part of this deal, then they are negotiating in bad faith.
Until raising the debt ceiling becomes part of the deal, then the deal has no stimulus, no reduction in collateral damage, and no hostages have been freed.”
A young Democrat practicing a speech might say “Ask not what the country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”, while a GOP youth would be forced to practice “I am not a crook”.
It is only accurate to assume the worst from the GOP. They revere “Teflon Ronnie” who openly dreamed of defunding every social safety net by giving his fat cat friends tax cuts. They all strive to be evil as that!