Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Let the GOP drive its Hell No! strategy into a wall

In a Washington Post OpEd in The Washington Post, Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) continued to say it’s all or nothing when it comes to the Bush tax cuts. Never mind the impact continuing the tax cuts for millionaires will have on the deficit.
The clock may be winding down on this session of Congress, but there is still time to do the right thing. If President Obama and Democratic leaders put forward a plan during the lame-duck session to cut spending and stop the tax hikes on all Americans, they can count on a positive response from Republicans.
Click here to read the entire OpEd.

Fueled by the fanciful notion that they heard what the voters said on Nov. 2, and Democrats can’t hear that voice, Republicans are playing a game of chicken with the Obama White House.

Election or not the Republicans, as led by their current team, will continue to do what they’ve been doing. The results of the election had no impact the GOP’s “Hell no!” strategy that has been in force for Obama‘s entire term. The emboldened Republicans obviously believe Obama will cave.

But why should he?

If Obama doesn't get a meet-in-the-middle compromise about this dollars and good sense issue, shouldn't he hold the line and let the GOP explain to America why it allowed taxes to go up for 98 percent of the taxpayers?

However charismatic he may have been in 2008, if Obama chickens out in this all important showdown, doesn't he risk mortally injuring his 2012 reelection potential?

*Update: PolitiFact -- Rep. Eric Cantor's (R-Va.) tax hike claim is Barely True. Click here. Now, how much do you think Cantor will care that what he says is considered to be less than truthful?

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