The End Game: Fiscal Cliff
At first I thought we should just give Obama everything he wants and avoid the fiscal cliff to live on to fight another day. Then I realized that everything Obama was doing was designed to take us over the fiscal cliff so Republicans would get the blame. Now, well… it’s cliff diving time because beyond hiking taxes on everyone, there’s another layer to what Obama is doing.
Republicans have already lost the PR battle over this mess. You see, 53% of the public still blames Bush for the economy even though we’re 1) four years removed from his time in office, 2) Obama was able to pass everything he wanted for the first two years of his presidency and 3) the recession that put us in these dire straits was caused by a housing bubble that took a few decades to get into burst-mode – aka Pre-Bush. They’ve already polled it, guys. The public who thinks tax hikes are an answer to our fiscal problem are already going to blame the GOP for going over the cliff. The majority of the public is as dumb as a bag of hammers. It’s the same 53%, for crying out loud.
In short, the American public is clueless – but we knew that since they chose to re-elect a proven failure… but I digress.
Let’s get a few things straight: Obama wants to go over the cliff. He wants to go over because it gives him everything he has always wanted. There’s tax hikes on everyone and cuts to the military. It’s a cornucopia of pent up “progressive” punishment of their most hated constituencies. And yes, the middle class is one of those constituencies. (Oh you silly, rank and file progressives. Did you think the progressive elite cared about you? HA! They want you to kill off your young by the millions, dummies.)
Then Obama will grant the minions a measly tax cut next year to show he’s a benevolent tyrant. Before then, though, the GOP will be negotiating with themselves and fracturing the party. The “establishment” wing – I hate that term, by the way. I’m talking about the elected leadership – will get slaughtered for trying to negotiate a deal with someone who doesn’t want to make a deal. Civil war will break out within the GOP while the media and the Democrats (indistinguishable now) pile on the blame for a fiscal cliff Obama and the Democrats brought on intentionally.
The game is rigged. The GOP was always going to take the fall. Now the only “win” is telling Obama to screw off and walking away from the table.
Let it burn.
At least we’ll avoid the civil war within the GOP that would guarantee massive losses in 2014. Going over the cliff will do short term PR damage. Middle class tax rates will be lowered. And, when Obama’s stupid “tax hikes” on the rich yield no appreciable results, we will at least have something to work with in the long run.
The game is over. It’s time to start working on the comeback strategy after the disaster happens.