Obama and Reid Want Everyone’s Taxes To Go Up
That’s the reality.
John Boehner is in the process of passing legislation that would extend the current tax rates on everyone except for .5% of taxpayers. Of course, raising taxes on anyone right now is not a solution and we all know the problem is spending. But we also must face the reality that real spending cuts will not happen with Obama as president and Harry Reid controlling the Senate.
There are two options today. There is no time-machine available so that we could go back and undo things that have put us on the path to the two options we face today. A lot of the objection to what Boehner is doing is coming from a place of magical thinking where we could transport ourselves back to just after the 2010 election and get a do over. Since that’s not possible, here’s what we have:
1. Taxes on everyone will go up on January 1st.
2. Taxes will stay the same for 99.5% of taxpayers.
Harry Reid has signaled that he will not put the House bill up for a vote in the Senate. In days gone by, that would be a politically crazy statement. Conservatives would unite and make a lot of noise about it. But that’s not what is happening now.
Instead, conservatives are joining with Democrats and going out to bash Boehner. Instead of placing the blame for everyone’s taxes going up on Obama and Reid, the people blocking a bill that would prevent taxes on 99.5% of taxpayers, opportunists are deciding to pass it up so they can get rid of Boehner.
Someone stop this ride. I want to get off.
We will not get any meaningful spending cuts from Obama. Ever. He not only has control of Harry Reid, he has a very willing accomplice in the media. We simply don’t have the PR apparatus to counter the cult of Obama. Pretending we do is absurd. The only thing we can do in the short term is chip away at the facade and the best way to do that is to make a lot of noise over the fact that Obama and Reid are blocking tax rate extensions on 99.5% of taxpayers.
When, not if, the tax rates go up on everyone people will be looking for scalps. The media will do whatever they can to shield Obama from the populace. Conservatives could, if they were interested in more than getting rid of Boehner, provide a clear message to those people explaining how Obama and Reid blocked the tax rate extensions. Conservatives could, if they wanted to, start the process of educating the electorate on the games Democrats are playing with the media’s help.
But that can only happen if conservatives focused on the long PR game and not the short term goal of getting rid of Boehner.
I will undoubtedly be called a “RINO” or be accused of being a shill for Boehner, but that’s not what I’m doing. The election showed us that Boehner is merely a symptom of our larger problem: The American electorate is largely dumb, by design. We will only rid ourselves of the Boehner-types when the electorate is informed enough to know that progressive policies do not work and cry out for a real change in Washington.
We’re not there yet. We could start ourselves down that path today if we really wanted to, but we have to be realistic. No “grand deal” is possible when Obama holds all the cards. The next four years have to be about educating the electorate and limiting the damage Obama and Democrats can do in the mean time. They will not budge. Boehner’s Plan B – which Nancy Pelosi proposed a few months ago – proves that.
We have to stop playing their game. And that means NOT joining Democrats when they blame Boehner for Obama’s refusal to deal.