Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:00 AM
Segami (11,986 posts)
Republicans Need to READ IT AND WEEP: The Grand Bargain They Turned Down Last Year
President Obama knows a mandate when he gets one. He’s not taking the Republicans’ obstruction laying down and now they’re going to pay. The President started off the Grand Bargain “negotiations” this time around by doubling the tax revenue he wants, from $800 billion to $1.6 trillion. This might be a prudent time for Republicans to review the Grand Bargain they turned their noses up at in the summer of 2011, because chances are, they’re not going to see such broad offers anytime soon from this President.
Last year, Obama was willing to play loophole and tax deductions name games (aka: “tax reform”) with Republicans who signed a pledge not to raise taxes, while keeping the Bush tax cuts in place. Not so much this time around. The Bush tax cuts on the rich must go and Obama will not allow Republicans to hide letting them expire in fancy loophole language about “tax reform.”
The President is going to hold on till he gets tax increases on the wealthiest Americans, promising that the Bush tax cuts on the richest 2% will expire. The White House called this “non-negotiable” yesterday. The President has said over and over again that tax cuts for the middle class are something everyone agrees on, so there’s no reason for them to be linked to tax cuts for the rich. In other words, Republicans need to stop holding tax cuts for the middle class hostage in order to protect the über rich.
On Meet the Press Sunday, Bob Woodward described the last offer the President made to Speaker Boehner last year:
“This is a confidential document, last offer the president — the White House made last year to Speaker Boehner to try to reach this $4 trillion grand bargain. And it’s long and it’s tedious and it’s got budget jargon in it. But what it shows is a willingness to cut all kinds of things, like TRICARE, which is the sacred health insurance program for the military, for military retirees; to cut Social Security; to cut Medicare. And there are some lines in there about, “We want to get tax rates down, not only for individuals but for businesses.” So Obama and the White House were willing to go quite far.”
The CBO report agrees that we need to keep taxes low on the middle class while raising revenue on the wealthy who will continue to spend even if they are taxed a bit more. So there’s no logical argument left for Republicans. Nothing but their naked ambition to destroy this President and reveal themselves as the empty, craven puppets of the 1%. Are Republicans smart enough to regret their obstructionism? How will they wipe the egg off of their faces/records now, given what was on the table in 2011, before Obama got a mandate from the people to raise taxes on the rich?
Read it and weep, Republicans!....
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Republicans Need to READ IT AND WEEP: The Grand Bargain They Turned Down Last Year (Original post)
Response to WorseBeforeBetter (Reply #1)
Wed Nov 14, 2012, 01:20 PM
Segami (11,986 posts)
2. I want to put the new deal (if a deal is made) side by side with this previous document.
How does that saying go....
“....A bird in the hand is better than two in the bush....”
Response to Segami (Reply #2)
Wed Nov 14, 2012, 03:45 PM
WorseBeforeBetter (11,422 posts)
3. As do I.
It's sort of ridiculous that I'm looking more forward to this sequestration mess being over than Christmas.