Wed Nov 14, 2012, 06:19 PM
Segami (14,923 posts)
Obama Uses His Press Conference to Set a TAX CUT TRAP For House Republicans
The president made it clear that he wants the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy gone. As far as raising revenue, the president repeatedly said that he is open to new ideas from all sides. Some on the left hear this kind of talk and immediately freak out, but this is a strategic move on the part of the White House. By opening the door to new ideas from all sides, the president is putting the ball in the House Republicansí court. He is forcing them get serious about cutting a deal. Obamaís offer isnít a display of weakness.
The President is setting a trap.
He understands the results of the election. The American people want moderation and compromise. Obama is setting the GOP up to either give the American people what they want, or be held responsible for a deal not being reached. Obama repeatedly mentioned the middle class, and said that he has a middle class mandate. Obama has been beating House Republicans for a year by defending the middle class. The president defeated Mitt Romney by being a champion for the middle class, and now he is setting up the same dynamic and daring House Republicans to defend the rich. This is a familiar strategy from Obama, and it works.
If Republicans refuse to budge on taxing the rich, they will fall right into the presidentís trap. House Republicans are in a lose/lose situation. If they defend the rich, all taxes will go up on the middle class. Should Republicans sacrifice the 98% for tax cuts for the rich, Obama warned that they could jeopardize the 2012 shopping season. Republicans will lose with their base if they cut the deal that Obama wants, and they will also lose if they sacrifice the middle class in order to defend the rich.
This isnít 2010 anymore. Obama doesnít have to run for reelection, and the president is poised to press his advantage to the max.
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Obama Uses His Press Conference to Set a TAX CUT TRAP For House Republicans (Original post)
Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #8)
Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:59 PM
truebluegreen (8,001 posts)
13. OK, but then I guess the question becomes
where did HE get that idea? 'Cause I didn't see much moderation or compromise being looked for on either side, and the only reason the House didn't flip was gerrymandering and other BS...
IMHO, of course.
Response to truebluegreen (Reply #13)
Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:05 PM
nadinbrzezinski (154,021 posts)
14. Politics 101, he is laying a trap
No, I do not believe he is a tenth level interdenominational chess player. I'd say he's been reading some on LBJ. This is how LBJ did stuff.
If you tell them that you are a moderate and want change in such a way, and they dig heels, they look very bad.
LBJ as a master of this. Can I recommend a book? Caro's Master of the Senate.
Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #14)
Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:25 PM
truebluegreen (8,001 posts)
15. Thanks, I'll look for that...
been a fan of LBJ for years. If it weren't for Vietnam--I grant you, a very big caveat--he would have been one of the greats, and I bet we would have had universal health care decades ago.
But I don't know if I would characterize it as Politics 101.