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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Cynical Me

If I were a completely cynical political type, I'd say to hell with the merits of the "tax deal," because we just found the best reason to vote No. 

As reported by The Hill (h/t HotAir), Obama tells lawmakers not passing tax deal could end presidency, Dem says:
In urging lawmakers to vote for his tax deal, President Obama is using one of his go-to lines from the healthcare debate, according to a Democratic lawmaker.

Obama is telling members of Congress that failure to pass the tax-cut legislation could result in the end of his presidency, Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) said.

"The White House is putting on tremendous pressure, making phone calls, the president is making phone calls saying this is the end of his presidency if he doesn't get this bad deal," he told CNN's Eliot Spitzer.
The White House is denying that Obama made such statements.  Who you gonna believe?

Would it be the end of the Obama presidency if the tax deal didn't pass?  Is that reason enough to scuttle the deal?  Am I asking questions to which I already know the answer?  Am I using a series of questions in this post to avoid having to take a position myself on the issue?  Are you still reading?

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  1. Given the narcissism of Obama, it is totally consistent. Taking a page from the liberal playbook, if this isn't factually true, it's fake but true.

  2. The news reports I've been reading tell me that BJ Clinton is the guy manning the phones to twist the arms of Congress, not Obama. Obama doesn't "do" phones. He does teleprompters, vacations, golfing, parties, pointless summits and world apology tours. No phones.

  3. No, arguably, probably, yes, and yes-but starting to flag.

  4. Umnnnhhh....

    If taxes go UP in January, it will really hurt people in the lower brackets a lot. Lowest bracket increases fifty percent, lotsa credits disappear...

    Obozo cannot NOT be aware of this.

  5. We can only dream of such wondrous results. Reminds me of the "Christian" minister a few years ago who said, "Send me $10M dollars or God is going to take me to heaven!" The answer should have been, "Great! Win-win all around!" But the people sent the money. Just like the Dems/libs in Congress who will save The One's, *ahem*, presidency, they cave.

    Why, oh why, can't anyone play chicken anymore?! Call their bluff!

  6. Who would want to belong to a group like this, when there's a less cynical and wiser alternative?

    Scuttle the deal and set the tone for the next two years. Obama and the next Congress would've had to accept an extension of the tax "cuts" without all the trimmings, I'm 50% sure of it :)

  7. The thing that has always puzzled me about this "tax cuts for the rich" line is AMT. My regular taxes could go up several thousand dollars before they surpassed my AMT amount, and therefore before I paid any additional tax, and I assume the same must be true for a large number of people in the higher tax brackets. The same cannot be said for people who do not earn enough to be concerned with AMT.

  8. Does that mean he'll actually quit and the country will have Joe in charge? Man, tough call...

  9. Make the Blamer-In-Chief prove that it will be the end of his 'Excellency"....

  10. Joe's been biden his time, "C."

    Don't you just want to shout at the those Congresspeoples, "For the love of Pete, don't just stand there, do NOTHING!"?

  11. So now that the budget bill has been canned, Obama will now be forced to sign bill after Republican sponsored bill because at this point IF President Feckless were to threaten a veto he would risk being humilated. Come on 2011-HR1!

    If Obama and Reid were to play brinksmanship with the budget, it would be THEIR constituents, the rent seekers and the entitlement class who would suffer NOT the middle class or the small business. A Republican controlled Congress would gladly see any reduction with a government shut down in spending and so would the country given the spendthrift reputation earned by the Dems.

    HR1 needs to as a first step reign in the budget first to 2008 spending levels, but more importantly let ALL the Rentseeking subisidies expire like Ethanol. Enough poor people around the world have suffered for the greed of the green profiteers. Sugar and corn (fungible commodities) prices are at all time highs, the world's poor need relief.