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Krauthammer: Obama Not Trying to Fix Fiscal Issues
5 years ago

Why are Republicans allowing the entire debate to be about taxes and about the war among Republicans over holding the line on the Norquist pledge or not, when what Obama is proposing on raising the rates on the 2% is a triviality. It will reduce the deficit from 1.10 trillion to 1.02 trillion – 8 cents on the dollar. It is nothing, it’s lunch money, it’s a rounding error. And yet that’s all the debate that we are hearing.

Obama understands this. He’s not trying to fix our fiscal issues and problems. He’s trying to destroy the Republicans by insisting that there is a split among the Republicans on this issue which has held them together, the same way it destroyed President Bush Sr. when he went back on the pledge he made. This is a political attack on Republicans. There is no evidence right now that he has any interest in the real fiscal issue because he would have to talk about spending and entitlements and he isn’t.

5 years ago

Obama is out to destroy the GOP and he will do another campaign style tour with the gullible people to emphasize his points that taxes must be raised on the weathly and republicans want to take away their entitlements.   It is the complete transformation process that Obama is involved in and he will put it into effect this time around.  


He is a Marxist; there is not one shred of the democratic republic in this man. 

5 years ago

I would like to see republicans abstain from this vote, let democrats pass the tax hike and then take FULL responsibility when the economy continues to stagnate - or spiral down further.
Maybe, MAYBE then BO will take responsibility for this failed economy. And maybe a desperate America will look toward the party of fiscal responsibility in 2016 to get back on track...if it's not too late by that time to do so.

5 years ago

Elizabeth, as much as I hear what you are saying, Obama will never take responsiblity and all the "standing firm" of the Republicans will not do anything but weaken them further in the eyes of voters.  Americans will not look toward the party of fiscal responsibility in 2016 as much as I would love to believe it.  What they want is the problems solved and something, anything working.  That is only going to happen, I believe, with bipartisan effort and the willingness to bend on some issues to remain strong on he more critical ones.  

A willingness to raise taxes slightly (not anywhere near what Obama wants) in exchange for entitlement program cuts in spending would work.  It would not guarantee as rapid recovery, no, but at least something would be happening; we would at least be cutting spending which is very critical.  It would allow the Republicans from allowing the more drastic cuts to the DOD and making cuts where we all feel most critical, in Welfare and other true entitlements.  

We can use this to stall until 2014 when we can work very hard to get the majority in the Senate and maintain the majority in the House.  At that point, things can be changed; we can see resumption of tax cuts and further economic cuts to entitlements and to areas where we have duplication of effort; we only need one agency dealing with the environment, not 2 or 3, as an example.  We can then see reduction is the size of government.

But to stand firm right now is not going to accomplish what we desire and it is only going to get worse with no effort at all to improve the conditions in any way.  

You have to see that the media alone will not allow the Democrats to take any responsibility for anything that is happening to the negative, now will they take the responsibility on their own and Obama will never take responsibilty for any failure.  He has not owned his failures of the past 4 years and has no intention of doing so.  It is up to us to do something.

Further, we can't wait until 2016 and then try to do something; the more we can work to present a workable and positive impression now, the better the chance to get the majority in 2014 and with that the better our chances in 2016.  

No, I hate caving on principals, but this is not caving, it is compromise and somethimes we have to do that to survive and this is, I am afraid, one of those times.  Look at what just happened when we stood firm.

5 years ago

Elizabeth, as much as I hear what you are saying, Obama will never take responsibility -

That would not surprise me. I have never known a person to have less integrity and character. And the rest of the party is no better.

5 years ago

Elizabeth, you must read "Leading From Behind."    The one constant about Obama is that he never gets involved with decision making.    He never wants his name on anything that will fail with one hugh exception:   His $860 billion failed stimulus where all of his handpicked green companies all went belly up.   Obama has a huge ego which is one of his downfalls.

I like your idea though.    I really like it!

5 years ago

I do as well.  I believe he is intent on one track only:  destroy the GOP.  Point fingers when the economy lingers and in 2014, the WH and democrats with help of MSM will get the Tea Party Congress out and make sure their party is in and they will do same for Senate.


They want to control government and let them, it is when there is total failure that people will wake up.  I do believe Elizabeth is right in the non-vote as they can not blame the republican party.  It would be a bold move; but would the do it, is it talked about?


I no longer listen much to news, I have no interest as I am apathetic from this election.

It will take time; but at this point, I am disgusted. 

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