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President Obama insisted that he’s cut the deficit by $2,000,000,000,000 since he took office. That’s laughable because his deficits have totalled $6,000,000,000,000 since he took office. Sen. Rand Paul’s explanation to Chris Wallace is spot on:
Here’s the transcript of Sen. Paul’s reply:
He said in his speech that he’s reduced the deficit by two trillion. Well, he added $6 trillion. That means that because he didn’t add $8 trillion that he’s reduced it by $2 trillion?? That’s absurd. He listed about 50 new programs saying oh there not going to cost you anything. We’re going to squeeze this money out of the rich. The problem is that whenever he tries to squeeze more money out of the economy, he’s slowing it down.
First, the economy isn’t improving. It isn’t in a total tailspin but it isn’t recovering, either. Second, Washington, DC is the only place where running $6,000,000,000,000 in deficits would be considered cutting the deficit. Third, President Obama’s predictions aren’t predictions. They’re lies meant to keep the gullible trusting him.
The reality is that President Obama isn’t about honesty. He’s totally about implementing a radical leftist agenda, then using the rest of his term to cement that ideology into the citizens’ minds. That would make it much more difficult for Republicans to repeal this administration’s ‘accomplishments’.
Since his re-election, President Obama has acted more like an emporor than a president. He’s clearly in his my-way-or-the-highway mode. He’s the only president in US history to run up a $1,000,000,000,000 annual deficit. In fact, he’s on track for his fifth straight trillion dollar deficit.
Yesterday, President Obama said “You don’t go out to dinner and then…eat all you want and then leave without paying the check.” In his column, Ed Morrissey highlights the fact that President Obama’s Democrats aren’t paying the bill, either:
A debt ceiling, after all, only allows the federal government to spend money already allocated by Congress. Obama made this point repeatedly on Monday, offering a restaurant analogy to claim that he’s only being fiscally responsible by insisting on a clean debt-ceiling increase. “You don’t go out to dinner and then, you know, eat all you want and then leave without paying the check,” Obama lectured NBC’s Chuck Todd. “And if you do, you’re breaking the law.” The only problem with that analogy is that we’re not paying our bills; we’re adding to the running tab and borrowing 40 cents on the dollar to make it look like we’re covering our obligations.
It’s disrespectful of the American people to say that America’s paying its bills when it’s running trillion dollar deficits. President Bush’s last budget was for $3.1 trillion. Last year, the federal government spent $3.8 trillion. That’s a 30% increase in spending.
It’s time to take spending back down to 2007 or 2008 levels. We can’t afford to spend at the pace we’re currently spending at. President Obama won’t tolerate that type of spending cut. He’ll throw a hissy fit.
He’ll insist on negotiating with Speaker Boehner on a new CR. Speaker Boehner should continually insist on the Senate passing a budget, then ironing things out in a conference committee. Then he should repeat the same message day after day after day until President Obama caves.
Republicans will take a short-term PR hit as a result. Whatever. Their ratings are lower than root canals and cockroaches already. It’s time to highlight the fact that Democrats don’t care about spending the taxpayers’ money responsibly.
It’s time to demand that President Obama and the Democrats to justify current spending levels. President Obama is long on demonization, short on reality. What’s worst is that he knows it. President Obama strongly hinted that Republicans didn’t care about the elderly and disadvantaged children, which he knows is BS.
It’s time for him to show that there isn’t massive amounts of waste in the HHS budget. Ditto with the Commerce Department. Ditto with the Energy and Education departments. Better still would be to force this administration and the Democratic Senate refute the GAO reports on duplication, fraud and waste.
In short, it’s time for the GOP to take the gloves off and start taking the fight to the Democrats.
Finally, Republicans can highlight the fact that they compromised on taxes and the debt ceiling, then demand that President Obama is the one who won’t compromise on real spending cuts that are badly needed.
Good luck winning that fight, Mr. President.
One thing that’s been bothering me in the debt ceiling discussion is the total absence of consideration of what’s the best path forward for the nation. Altogether too often, the discussion has focused on President Obama’s re-election, not the fact that he didn’t win a mandate from the American people.
The message the nation sent wasn’t that they approved of President Obama’s mishandling of the economy. Rather, the nation sent the message that they elected the lesser of two evils. (That isn’t my perspective but it’s the message the voters apparently sent.)
They definitely blamed President Bush for the economy without giving President Obama high marks on the economy.
The reality is that the nation re-elected Republicans to run the House of Representatives despite President Obama’s victory. The point is that neither Democrats or Republicans have a mandate. That means doing what’s right on the federal budget and what’s right for creating jobs.
Despite his victory, President Obama hasn’t proposed policies that create enough jobs. Month after month, job creation lags farther behind population growth. Month after month, family incomes drop. Despite the Democrats’ insistence that the economy has turned the corner, the reality is that the Democrats’ policies haven’t created the robust job growth that’s needed.
There isn’t an economist out there that’ll argue that President Obama’s policies will start creating jobs in the numbers we need to lift ourselves from this recession.
Speaker Boehner shouldn’t buy into the media’s myths about the Democrats winning the fiscal cliff debate. If we go over the cliff, historians won’t call this Speaker Boehner’s recession. That’s because presidents, not speakers, get the fault for the recessions just like they get the credit for when the economy soars.
President Obama’s legacy won’t be filled with stories of how the stimulus revived the US economy. The ACA won’t be recorded as a success, either. It’s a failure. President Obama’s strict adherence to his failed ideology will be his legacy.
There’s never been a time when this many taxes have been raised and this much money spent this recklessly and the economy recovered. That’s before talking about President Obama’s exponential growth in regulations, which are exploding while ruining the US economy.
It’s time for Republicans to start promoting their plan as the only plan from either party that addresses the problems confronting the nation. That isn’t because it’s the greatest plan ever devised. It’s partly because Democrats haven’t offered a serious economic plan.
John Boehner is failing. He’s playing President Obama’s game on President Obama’s court. He’s prosecuting the wrong case. Rather than discussing the terms of the fiscal cliff debate, Speaker Boehner should be talking about why Republicans’ pro-growth tax policies are America’s only hope for a variety of Obama-created ills.
First, Speaker Boehner should highlight the fact that President Clinton’s high tax rates didn’t trigger the great economy. He should remind the nation that it was Newt’s capital gains tax cuts that sent the economy into high gear. Prior to those tax cuts, the economy was doing ok. After cutting the capital gains tax, growth exploded.
Another thing that Speaker Boehner must do is remind people that Republicans’ insisting on balancing the federal budget helped strengthen the dollar, which led to a dramatic shrinking of America’s trade deficit. That especially affected gas prices.
Third, Speaker Boehner should shout from the rooftops that revenues during the Bush tax cuts were significantly bigger than revenues are today. If Speaker Boehner asked President Obama why he’s insisting on anti-growth policies that tamp the economy down rather than implementing new pro-growth policies that strengthen the economy, President Obama might well blow a gasket.
This is the debate we should start. This is the debate President Obama can’t win. This is the conversation that would expose President Obama’s motivation for imposing higher tax rates.
Rather than the pattern of proposal-counterproposal, then a counter offer to the counterproposal, with each side publicly stating that the other side needs to put forth a serious proposal, Speaker Boehner should ditch that pattern, especially the taunting language.
Instead, Speaker Boehner, followed by every Republican in Congress talking with their local newspapers and TV outlets about how cutting spending is what’s fair to taxpayers and how reforming the tax code, highlighted by fewer deductions and lower tax rates, would strengthen the economy.
Highlight the fact that this was the real reason why the economy was strong during the Clinton administration. Highlight the fact that the economy didn’t take off until Newt changed the trajectory of the debate.
President Obama is too arrogant to be frightened by that debate, which means Speaker Boehner should be able to turn this situation into a discussion on getting America’s economy going for the first time during President Obama’s administration.
With expensive utility bills, shrinking paychecks, high gas and grocery prices and unacceptably high unemployment rates, the indictment against President Obama’s mishandling of the economy should be lengthy and powerful.
Finally, he should unleash Paul Ryan. Speaker Boehner should insist on a televised fiscal cliff summit, with Ryan leading the prosecution of the case against President Obama’s reckless spending. Dave Camp should prosecute the case for why the GOP tax reform plan will strengthen the economy.
GOP senators and governors should take part in this summit, too. One tactic President Obama has overplayed is saying that ‘we can talk about that’ on a variety of policies, then dropping that position the minute he’s out of the room. Republicans should tell him that implementing a pro-growth economic plan is non-negotiable.
Finally, make the case that raising the top marginal tax rates won’t affect the Warren Buffetts of the world because their income comes from investments, not wages. Make the case that raising the top marginal tax rates will hurt small businesses, not the evil Wall Street fatcats President Obama always talks about.
President Obama’s policies are failing. Speaker Boehner’s ineptitude in highlighting those failures has the fiscal cliff conversation heading in the wrong direction. It’s time to change the direction of that conversation.
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The last thing we need in this payroll tax holiday fight is for a so-called leader to go silent. According to Politico’s article, that’s precisely what’s happened with Mitch McConnell:
Speaker John Boehner stood before a band of fellow House Republicans on Tuesday and angrily demanded the Senate return to the Capitol and extend the payroll tax cut for a full year.
Left out of the photo op: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the co-architect of the Senate’s two-month tax cut extension. He reached an agreement that has become a throbbing political headache for Boehner and has remained unusually silent as the partisan rancor and gridlock cause a year-end embarrassment for Congress.
While the two men have been remarkably united this year, the year-end package has prompted an unusual amount of confusion, disunity, frustration and increased finger-pointing, both publicly and privately, between House Republicans and Senate Republicans over who is at fault in the political fiasco.
It’s the kind of situation McConnell and Boehner have long sought to avoid. And now some GOP insiders fear they’ve ceded the upper hand on taxes and the economy to President Barack Obama in the 2012 election year.
“This is a colossal fumble by the House Republicans,” said a senior Senate GOP aide, requesting anonymity to speak candidly about his own party. “Their inability to recognize a win is costing our party our long-held advantage on the key issue of tax relief. It’s time for Boehner and [House Majority Leader Eric] Cantor to look these rookies in the eye and explain how the game is won or lost.”
First, the “senior Senate GOP aide” who didn’t have the cajones to say this on the record should be fired immediately. This aide is the definition of gutless wonder. This aide might also qualify as someone as being totally out of touch with reality, too.
What’s infinitely worse, though, is Sen. McConnell’s silence. Frankly, it’s unforgivable. Sen. McConnell is a gutless wonder and an idiot besides. What’s puzzling to me is that he isn’t bright enough to see that Republicans would win this fight if the Senate Republicans joined the fight.
Democrats have the media on their side. Senate Republicans shouldn’t gift-wrap some political cover for them. The only thing that’ll result from Sen. Mitch McConnell’s capitulation is giving President Obama, Rep. Pelosi and Sen. Reid an undeserved political victory.
If Mitch McConnell won’t stand with John Boehner and House Republicans in this important fight, then he’s got to go. He isn’t worthy of the title of Senate GOP leader because he isn’t a leader.
What’s worse is that Mitch McConnell didn’t hesitate in sticking a knife in Speaker Boehner’s back.
I don’t doubt that many Senate Republicans voted for the Reid-McConnell bill in good faith. I have even less doubt that the facts of the case have changed so dramatically that Republicans would have an easy fight arguing that the legislation passed by the Senate isn’t truly functional. That means, for all intents and purposes, that there isn’t a functional Senate bill.
It’s time Senate Republicans learned the lesson that compromising on terrible legislation isn’t a virtue. It’s stupidity masquerading as consensus.
When it comes to tax cuts, Democrats look like idiots explaining themselves. They look worse when they play their political spin when conservatives call them on their machinations and do the right thing.
Yesterday, Democrats gave Republicans a Christmas gift. Actually, Democrats gave Republicans 2 gifts. First, Nancy Pelosi tried spinning things. Charles Hurt highlights in this article that she failed badly:
And then when it comes to explaining themselves, Democrats walk out with straight faces and blame – who else? – the tea party.
Yes, that would be that pernicious group of fed-up voters who banded together around the single premise that taxes were too high. Not too low, but too high. And so now, according to Democrats, they want to raise your taxes.
“Here we are, just a few days before Christmas, and the Republicans are just coming up with another excuse,” House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi told her liberal cohorts in the press. “It’s just the ridiculous tea party Republicans who are holding up this tax cut for the American people and jeopardizing economic growth.”
The three ways you know Nancy Pelosi is lying here are that she pays homage to “economic growth,” a “tax cut” and “Christmas”, all three of which her political career has been dedicated to destroying.
Ms. Pelosi is a despicable human being. When it comes to public policy, she doesn’t have an honest bone in her body. Mr. Hurt rightly highlights the fact that TEA Party activists joined together to cut taxes because people had been taxed enough already.
Then he did something diabolical: he introduced truth into the conversation by highlighting the fact that Republicans did what President Obama initally told them to do. They passed a one year extension of the payroll tax holiday.
Only in Ms. Pelosi’s world can TEA Party terrorists (terrorists in her mind) kill a tax cut by passing legislation that President Obama asked them to pass.
In Ms. Pelosi’s mind, it can’t be Senate Democrats’ fault. Just because they passed, to use Charles Krauthammer’s words, “a payroll tax long weekend” doesn’t mean they didn’t do the right thing. After all, they got a bunch of Republicans to vote foolishly, too.
The reality is that Republicans, especially the TEA Party terrorist-supporting wing of the GOP, got it right by rejecting the Senate’s patchwork legislation.
Lost on the Democrats and their Agenda Media allies is the fact that the 2-month extension isn’t workable. In other words, the legislation passed by the Senate isn’t a viable policy option. Instead, it’s a laughingstock with serious policy people.
In the end, the Senate will have to return and vote to approve the House Republicans’ extension legislation. If they don’t, House Republicans and the RNC should run a massive ad campaign against President Obama, Sen. Reid, Ms. Pelosi and Senate Democrats.
Those ads should highlight the fact that House Republicans voted to extend the payroll tax holiday for a full year but that President Obama, Sen. Reid, Ms. Pelosi and congressional Democrats opposed the GOP’s middle class tax cut.
It’s time to take the gloves off. The demagogic Democrats need to be, proverbially speaking, punched in the nose on this. They’re doing their best to lie their way through this. The Democrats’ deceit and the Democrats’ shafting of Main Street should be hung around their collectivist necks like a millstone.
This afternoon, I wrote this post stating that the Senate will return to work so that the payroll tax holiday could be properly implemented. I stand by that prediction.
Imagine my disgust, then, when I watched Special Report’s opening All Star Panel discussion. I didn’t expect much from Juan because, in his mind, any news benefits President Obama and the Democrats. I wasn’t surprised that David Drucker said that Republicans had given Democrats a new opportunity to demagogue them. (That’s my phrasing, not Druckers’s.)
When the discussion finally got to Charles, a voice of sanity was finally heard, albeit temporarily. Mr. Krauthammer rightly stated that the bill couldn’t be properly implemented, that House Republicans were doing the right thing, then unfortunately saying that House Republicans would take a beating politically for doing the right thing.
I was with Charles until that last sentence. That’s when he lost me.
Republicans won’t lose this fight politically. That’ll only happen if they assume the fetal position on this issue. That’ll only happen if they don’t constantly pound home the truth about the House Republicans’ plan. If Republicans consistently tell the American people the truth, Democrats will cave because Republicans will win overwhelming support for their plan.
If Senate Democrats won’t give in on the Keystone XL Pipeline project, fine. I’d double dog dare them to stand in the way of maintaining great international relations with our Canadian allies. I’d double dog dare them to listen to their militant environmentalist base instead of doing what’s right for securing energy independence.
In fact, I’ll triple dog dare them to insist on sticking with a 2 month extension of the payroll tax “long weekend” (that’s Charles’s spot on description of the bill passed by the Senate) instead of passing a year-long extension of the payroll tax holiday.
With video all over the internet of President Obama saying it’d be unconscienable not to extend the payroll tax holiday for the full year, the advertising that could be run against stubborn Democrats wouldn’t take a full morning to put together.
My recommendation to Republicans is simple: let’s have this fight. Let’s crank up the decibels. Let’s have GOP presidential candidates weigh in on the fight.
Then, in the end, let’s watch the Democrats assemble their circular firing squad and point fingers on why they didn’t win…again.
Finally, I’d love having the opportunity to criticize the media for not reporting the truth about this issue. While we’re hammering the Democrats, let’s file the indictment against the Beltway’s Agenda Media for not giving the American people the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
The more I think about it, the more I can’t wait to start the battle.
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Earlier today, Harry Reid said that he won’t call the Senate back to deal with the 2-month extension of the payroll tax holiday. This post on ABC’s Political Punch essentially says that the Senate has a gun pointed at its forehead:
Officials from the policy-neutral National Payroll Reporting Consortium, Inc. have expressed concern to members of Congress that the two-month payroll tax holiday passed by the Senate and supported by President Obama cannot be implemented properly.
Pete Isberg, president of the NPRC today wrote to the key leaders of the relevant committees of the House and Senate, telling them that “insufficient lead time” to implement the complicated change mandated by the legislation means the two-month payroll tax holiday “could create substantial problems, confusion and costs affecting a significant percentage of U.S. employers and employees.”
ABC News obtained a copy of the letter, which can be read HERE. Isberg agreed that it would be fair to characterize his letter as saying that the two-month payroll tax holiday cannot be implemented properly.
It’s inevitable that the Senate will return and pass House Republicans’ year-long extension. They’ll complain about Republicans’ rigidity and unwillingness to work on a bipartisan basis. In fact, Sen. Schumer has started his spin/whining:
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he expects the House to reject a bipartisan Senate proposal Monday evening and then appoint negotiators to iron out a new deal.
New York Sen. Chuck Schumer told MSNBC that trying to hammer out a binding agreement with Boehner “is like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall.”
“He keeps moving the goal posts back because he can’t control his caucus – they are running off a cliff, and he is following,” Schumer added.
Schumer said Senate Democrats and Republicans had worked out a compromise over the weekend that all parties thought would secure a two-month extension of the payroll tax break, which is set to expire at the end of the year.
First, Sen. Schumer should stop his whining. Second, the Senate should return and pass a year-long payroll tax holiday extension so that it can be properly implemented. Third, Senate Democrats should admit that the agreement can’t be implemented according “the policy-neutral National Payroll Reporting Consortium, Inc.”
The agreement is shoddy work. It can’t work. That means that the people who made the mess should return immediately and clean up their mess. Senate Democrats should stop with their whining, too.
If the payroll tax lapses, which isn’t likely, because Democrats weren’t called back into session, Harry Reid should expect his caucus to be alot smaller in 2013.
Right now, Tarryl Clark is an officially announced candidate for Minnesota’s Eighth District congressional seat. After reading Tarryl’s latest fundraising letter, one must wonder if she’s committed to running in the Eighth:
As the holidays approach, each family has their own traditions that they enjoy every year. My family’s annual tree cutting is often with filled with snowball fights, a feisty debate about the best type of tree, and hot cider with friends.
We all know the story of how the Grinch stole Christmas but now he has competition from the Tea Partiers in Washington. As we all start planning our holidays in this tough economy, the Tea Party Congress wants to take $1,000 out of our pockets when we need it most. I don’t know if Boehner, Bachmann and company ever read the children’s story but they sure seem to be aiming to steal Christmas from us. In these tough times the last thing we can afford is to have our taxes raised especially during this holiday season.
Several things stick out at me in that part of Tarryl’s fundraising appeal. First, it’s apparent that Michele Bachmann permanently lives inside Tarryl’s cranium. Michele’s running for POTUS. Tarryl’s running in Minnesota’s northernmost congressional district. The contrast couldn’t be more stark.
Second, Tarryl can’t get her facts straight. When Tarryl says that “the Tea Party Congress wants to take $1,000 out of our pockets when we need it most”, she’s actually lying. Since late last week, Republicans have linked extending the payroll tax holiday to the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline. That’s a win-win situation, with union employment getting a healthy shot in the arm.
The only downside to the House Republicans’ legislation is that it stings the DFL politically.
As a result of Tarryl’s fundraising letter, it isn’t clear whether Tarryl is committed to running in MN-08. Considering the fact that she’s willing to move to a district that isn’t as hostile as the 6th, we can’t rule anything out.
Norm Ornstein and Thomas Mann are old pros in Washington, DC. They’re often perceived as left-of-center moderates. Now that they’ve written this op-ed telling President Obama not to move to the center, it’s important to update their profiles. It’s important to drop the moderates from their profile.
Obama should likewise know by now that working with a supercommittee whose Republican members are under orders from their House and Senate leaders to oppose all revenue increases is a fool’s errand. And imagining that a substantial center in the American public will respond positively to such an approach is pure fantasy. What sense does it make for Obama embrace an agenda without any support on the other side of the aisle, and make nice to a party whose sole objective is to deny him reelection? One should note the reaction, documented by Politico, of a key Republican Senate leadership staffer to Obama’s endorsement of the Gang of Six deficit-reduction framework in July—if Obama is for it, we have to be against it.
Mann and Ornstein are right about one thing. Republicans shouldn’t oppose something President Obama supports out of spite. They should oppose the things President Obama supports because they’re bad policies.
Republicans should make the case for why President Obama’s and the Democrats’ policies should be ignored. All it takes is a brief short-term history lesson. Has the stimulus worked? Has the stimulus created any green jobs? Have the loan guarantees to the Solyndras and the SunPowers of the world now been dumped into taxpayers’ laps? Based on sky-high unemployment, skyrocketing deficits and the mountain of debt, aren’t people far worse off now than the day President Obama was sworn in?
Ornstein and Mann argue that President Obama would be foolish to agree with Republicans in ruling out tax increases. Their advice is foolish. The American people know the federal government has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. That’s why the American people oppose new taxes to paper over Washington’s spending addiction.
This paragraph is totally delusional:
Obama, at the center of today’s political spectrum, should therefore be explicit and forceful in communicating the stark differences between the parties and the source of inaction and gridlock in Washington. To do anything less would be a disservice to the public, his party, and his hopes for a constructive and consequential presidency.
People that think President Obama is “at the center of today’s political spectrum” simply weren’t paying attention to the American people last November, 2010.
The American people spoke with a booming, unmistakable voice. They were tired of the bailouts, the stimulus, Obamacare and the Democrats’ spending.
Furthermore, the inaction has been epitomized by Senate Democrats. House Republicans have put together and passed 15 bills they think will lift this administration’s counterproductive regulatory regime, cut the Democrats’ reckless spending, promote robust domestic energy production while reforming entitlements.
Other than that, House Republicans haven’t done much since installing John Boehner as Speaker.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority leader Reid has bottled up “the Forgotten Fifteen” because admitting that Republicans have actually gotten things done would be akin to telling the nation that Senate Democrats are lazy and disinterested in doing the people’s business.
Harry Reid’s and President Obama’s Democrats haven’t even passed a budget in over two-and-a-half years. The “source of inaction and gridlock in Washington” is found on the left side of the aisle. This year, it’s specifically located in the Senate.
Republicans have said no to foolish, counterproductive proposals like they should. They’ve said yes to things that they believe in, things that’ve worked in the past. If Republicans stick with their message of growing the economy, shrinking the size of government and reforming how Washington operates, the American people will side with them the vast majority of the time.
If President Obama and the Democrats continue endorsing the policies they’re currently endorsing, they’ll get thrashed again in 2012.
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