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No Pale Pastels

With John as my witness, I called this one.  The President is going to call for higher taxes on the rich.   It wasn’t a great jump in logic to come to this conclusion.  In fact, predicting the next move of liberals is hardly tough anymore and the sport has lost its luster.

I came to this conclusion that Obama would call for tax hikes almost immediately upon hearing that he was in “tough negotiations” with television broadcasting companies about taking up a time slot to address the nation.  Combining this along with the fact that he just publically supported the “record breaking” budget cut that he had been rallying against led to me to one simple conclusion – he now has the justification needed to raise taxes. 

It’s simple, when you justify spending cuts with being broke the democrats’ (and republicans’) natural reaction is that we’re making the cuts because we lack funds, not that we’re spending too much.  They’re like teenagers – when you say, “You can’t have an I-pad because it’s too expensive” they blame your income, not the price of the device.  Therefore, it is natural for these yahoos to react thusly when told that they have to make some small cuts.

The President, I believe, had to have known this was coming.  How else would have so quickly put together a tax increase plan if it wasn’t pigeon holed?  Add to that the fact that supporting talking points have been circulating for days and you’ve got reasonable cause. 

Fortunately (and ironically) the tea party, which has no head, is the only political group with a spine.  They’ve held the House close to the heat and forced their hand in the 72 hour review of all legislation before passed.  It is due to this review that we have been able to adequately document how much of a failure this agreement was for the republicans.  How much more so considering that we’ve now armed the President with this tax hike proposal? 

There is hope.  A review of the bill may turn enough republicans against Boehner and restart the whole debate.  The difference is that this debate will be framed by the conservatives with the illumination of what a joke this budget cut was.  If we get a government shutdown then people will be forced to pay attention.  Take the government cheese and the rats will get angry… and anger, if nothing else, clarifies the lines that separate us.  Getting along and compromise has brought us to the point we are at now.  It is time for us to reinstitute an old adage, one that stands for clarity and bold colors, not pale pastels. 

Boehner is failing us and will continue to until he shows the democrats how serious we are.  The next time the democrats want to play chicken he needs to buckle up, hold on tight, and put the pedal to the medal.


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  • Steve Dennis April 13, 2011 at 5:23 AM

    It seems as if now that Obama had agreed to these meager spending cuts he is going to use it to push tax hikes under the guise of compromise. He gave us what we wanted and now we must give a little back–that seems to be his thinking.
    I also don’t think it is a coincidence that he is doing this just in time for the presidential election–he is reviving an old campaign pledge and polishing it up for his re-election bid. I think this will fail because Americans are fed up with the taxes and want the spending cut, plus it will remind the left that he failed to raise taxes on the rich in the first place.
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  • Bunkerville April 13, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    One would really have to be a news junkie to follow all of the razzle dazzle. I doubt the average Joe would be up to the task or have the time. That, no doubt, is Obama’s intent. That is why in the polls, most everyone is sick of the whole bunch.

  • Jim at Conservatives On Fire April 13, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Maybe Donald Trump could give the Republican leadership a quick lesson in “The Art of Making a Deal”. Couldn’t hurt.
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  • John Carey April 13, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Obama is nothing but a radical big government defending leftist. We must do all we can to ensure he is defeated in 2012.

  • Matt April 13, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Good one RHM. I also have to agree with John. We have a full plate here, and defeating Obama has to be priority number one.
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  • LD Jackson April 13, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    I’ll be the first to admit, I am more than a little disappointed with the agreement between Boehner, Obama, and Reid, especially after the details have been released. However, I still assert that we need to keep in mind that the Republicans only control the House. At this point in the political process, there is a limit to what they are able to accomplish.
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