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With Yesterday's Tax Deal, The Emperor Loses More of His New Clothes

Republicans and The White House reached an important compromise yesterday, which included a two year extension of most of the 2002 income tax rate adjustments for individuals and businesses, and a 13 month extension of Federal unemployment benefits. Some conservatives were upset about the unemployment extension, which adds $130 billion in deficit spending and is generally seen as ineffective toward stimulating the economy. We can live with the unemployment extension however, and I think it's worth remembering, as Dana Perino pointed out on yesterday's Sean Hannity radio show, that if the Republicans had rejected the extension of unemployment insurance benefits, the news headline would have been "REPUBLICANS SCREW THE POOR!!!" instead of "White House, Republicans Reach Tax Deal."

But the best part of yesterday's deal had to be the petulant, almost unhinged reaction among Democrats, who apparently would be quite happy to force a major tax hike on all Americans, just so they can have the satisfaction of raising tax rates on families who make more than $250,000 a year. Both Reid and Pelosi refused to offer support for the deal. And hardcore liberal democrats are furious, claiming that Obama has abandoned his base and now risks losing re-election because ultra-liberals feel betrayed by him. I would say that a better explanation is that Obama probably understands the power of "we won" very well, and turnabout is fair play, especially in politics.

What makes this compromise most interesting is that we are still in a lame duck Congressional session. Democrats still have a majority of seats in both the House and the Senate. So when the President or other Democrats complain that they "don't have the votes" to pass their coveted tax hikes, they are talking about Democrat votes, not votes from Republicans. Fortunately congressional Democrats now care more about being re-elected than blindly following a progressive tax-and-spend ideology that is unpopular with a strong majority of the American people.

And poor Barack Hussein Obama. In another unfortunate unscripted moment, he temporarily lost his cool and referred to Republicans as hostage-takers -- "It's tempting not to negotiate with hostage takers, unless the hostage gets harmed, then people will question the wisdom of that strategy. In this case, the hostage was the American people."

I'll challenge anyone to find examples of such childish irritability from George W. Bush, in the wake of the Republicans' loss of their Congressional majority in 2006. Far from being a uniter and a savior, Barack Obama is continually being revealed as an immature, childish ideologue with little regard for anything outside of the progressive intellectual vision of an American socialist utopia.


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It's not about what's objec... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

It's not about what's objectively good for the country - it's about the ideology and adherence to it as a means to maintain control and power.

Far from being a uniter and a savior, Barack Obama is continually being revealed as an immature, childish ideologue with little regard for anything outside of the progressive intellectual vision of an American socialist utopia.
Decidedly not ready for the job, and not growing into it... until now. Before he was going "I won" - now he's finding out how important it is to play well with others.

But doesn't he look good behind a podium with a well-written speech on the teleprompter? I'm starting to think that his charisma and his ... malleable ... personality were the deciding factors in his election. He could be trusted (more or less) to spout all the right lines, to not buck the preferred narrative, to be an ideal figurehead.

But he's gone off the rails now. It'll be interesting to see if he goes along with Reid and Pelosi and backtracks like crazy, or what.

For what it's worth, I think he's doing the right thing here. Not the benefits extension as such, but the tax extension. (I think it should have been much shorter, myself, to maybe three more months - but it's at least been kicked down the line a ways and won't be an issue for a while.)


"his election" in the previ... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

"his election" in the previous should have been 'his selection as the candidate'

Man, I've got to get some fresh coffee in my IV...

I'm not a huge fan of the d... (Below threshold)
James H :

I'm not a huge fan of the deal, as I think we need both tax increases and deep spending cuts in the long term to resolve the issue with the deficit. But I can live with this particular deal for now, I think.

Over the past few days Obam... (Below threshold)
OldflyerG8r:

Over the past few days Obama has nakedly revealed his basic character more clearly than at any other time. I hope the country has been listening and watching.

Not only has he been petty and mean spirited, he has lied repeatedly.

Sorry to say, I have not heard any pundits pick up on his statement that not extending the BUSH tax rates would cost the average family $3,000/year. He had the nerve to make such an assertion after 10 years of saying that the BUSH tax cuts only benefited millionaires. Kind of a revealing slip by the poster-boy for Bush bashing. Was he lying this week, or has he been lying for 10 years? Doesn't matter, the lies come thick and fast when he gets rolling.

Listening to who was echoin... (Below threshold)
epador:

Listening to who was echoing the "hostage" meme in soundbites on NPR last night was a great clue to NPR listeners if they chose to listen (even the interviewer, who was obviously distressed at the foolish statements but failed to call out the inane verbiage) that may have hit a few of them over the head. "Those mean ol' terrorist/criminal (the left wing seems to keep confusing the two) Republicans won't let us do more bad things to the American public who we are holding hostage and torturing, err, I mean trying to protect..."

James H. Sorry, I g... (Below threshold)
olhardhead:

James H.
Sorry, I gave you the neg. score on your post above by accident(pressed the wrong button).
I disagree that tax increases are needed however, I totally agree that deep, really deep CUTS are needed. The government doesn't need more money. It.Needs.To.Spend.Less....far less.
now some will ask...well what would you cut? Well....everything...everything..but a good start would be entitlements! A responsible adult does not need government assistance to live his/her life. Hell, everyone who works to support their family knows what services the government should provide..it's not complicated...just the basics mam.. Don't you think that people are tired of having their hard earned money being spent (wasted) by the government on people who do not/ will not support themselves?

Time has come to wean the babies...

god bless our troops,
ol'

You'll have to pardon Barry... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

You'll have to pardon Barry. He's used to dictating to Republicans. He's not yet used to the idea that he actually has to negotiate and bargain with them.

Tax cuts for the rich.. Mi... (Below threshold)
914:

Tax cuts for the rich.. Mission accomplished! Any and all dems out there in favor of tax hikes, feel free to donate to Barrys wondrous cause anytime.

But doesn't he look good... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

But doesn't he look good behind a podium with a well-written speech on the teleprompter? I'm starting to think that his charisma and his ... malleable ... personality were the deciding factors in his election. He could be trusted (more or less) to spout all the right lines, to not buck the preferred narrative, to be an ideal figurehead.

Yep. He's politics' answer to Milli Vanilli (or the Monkees).

Those mean ol' terrorist... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Those mean ol' terrorist/criminal (the left wing seems to keep confusing the two) Republicans

No, no, you don't get it. This is the leftists' attempt to make nice with the Republicans. "Terrorist" and "criminal" are terms of approbation with them, referring to two of their key constituencies.

No, unlike Obama, the Monke... (Below threshold)
John S:

No, unlike Obama, the Monkees had some talent. Anyone notice that the extension is NOT an extension. If you have exceeded the maximum weeks of unemployment benefits allowed in your state, you're still cut off. So 2 million people have lost that lifeline, and 7 million will next year. They should have grabbed that minimum wage job before I got there. Sorry!

Im running out of popcorn w... (Below threshold)
Rich K:

Im running out of popcorn watching this particular circus unfold.
Still having fun watching though,,,




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