Skip to comments.The President is bluffing
Posted on 11/28/2012 9:50:22 AM PST by SeekAndFind
I think the President is bluffing on his veto threat.
Conventional wisdom: To achieve his desired fiscal policy outcome (big tax rate increases on the rich), the President is willing to risk tax increases on all income tax filers. He is also willing to risk the political blame for middle class Americans paying higher taxes because he thinks he can shift most of the political blame onto Republicans. He is therefore willing to veto a bill he doesnt like and bear the consequences of having no bill, if thats what is needed to gain negotiating leverage. His veto threat is credible.
This conventional wisdom makes three key assumptions.
1. The Presidents top economic policy priority is his fiscalpolicy goal (raising taxes on the rich).
2. In a veto / no bill / blame game scenario, the President can shift most of the political blame to Republicans.
3. He will make his veto decision on these two bases: fiscal policy and relative political blame.
Key flaw in the conventional wisdom: The Presidents veto decision is not about tax increases or political blame; its about causing a recession in 2013.
I make different assumptions.
1. If there is no bill, the U.S. economy will probably dip into recession for much/most/all of 2013, and its impossible to predict whether such a recession would be short-lived.
2. A 2013 recession would be terrible for the country and terrible for the Obama Presidency. It would limit the Presidents options across his entire policy agenda, economic and non-economic. And it could define and dominate his entire second term.
3. President Obama believes #1 and #2, and therefore avoiding the risk of triggering a recession with his veto is an even higher policy priority than his fiscal policy goal.
4. The President wants to get things done. He cares more about his own chances for policy success (across the entire breadth of his agenda, whenever he figures out what it is) than he cares about relative political blame. A scenario in which Republicans get most of the blame for a veto-triggered recession is still a loser for him if it means he cant accomplish his second term goals.
If my assumptions are correct, then the President cannot afford to veto a bill and have no compromise enacted. Even if doing so increases dramatically the chance of getting his top fiscal policy priority, and even if he would bear only a small portion of the political blame for a legislative failure and the pain of broad-based tax increases, his veto would trigger a recession that would severely damage his agenda at least in 2013.
President Obamas veto threat decision is not just about fiscal policy, and its not just about who gets blamed for a legislative failure. Its about whether the President wants to cause a recession in 2013 and hamstring his second term. No matter what he or his advisors say, he cannot afford to take that risk.
Once “The Rich” are taxed and it does not help, what is he going to do next?
“The Poor” will HAVE TO BE TAXED eventually
and those on Welfare? Remember what socialism always leads to - FORCED LABOR
Actually, the pResident Re-Elect runs the risk of pushing his game too far. We conservatives know what he wants and what he’ll do to get it. His constituents have been, as planned, pre-programmed to blame anything ‘rich’ or anything Republican, or Tea-Party.
He can push and he can bellow and he can bluster about ‘veto this’ and ‘veto that’. If the remaining bravehearts in the House remain resolute, he’ll blame us. This really isn’t likely to happen - we won’t stand resolute because our side is filled with lilly livers and spineless jellyfish.
In this regard then what should happen is for him to get everything. Bleed the rich, steal the freedoms, and regulate the economy into financial oblivion. If we’re careful to let him get what he wants, he’ll push too far and there won’t be any economic engine to support all his constituents’ habits. That’s when the zombie scenarios start.
There isn’t enough discipline and control in this government to ‘control’ - only to destroy. His wanting constituents will roam like the zombies we see on TV
Bring on the collapse. The sooner the better.
A wind blown piece of dandelion seed would blow over brainless Boehner and his squadron of eunochs.
Nothing will happen until CW-II.
Obama&Co desired fiscal policy is to spread the wealth from the top down.
First the stimulus game now the tax game and always use the blame card,socialism starts from the to down.
By the time they are done with all their regulations income will be flat lined,four years of fear to ensue.
Call his bluff. Do it. Let’s go over the cliff.
Do it. nobama voters will suffer the most (i.e., the clueless, the dimwits, the zombies). Do it and let chips fall where they may.
The solution for the Repubs is so easy, of course they’ll never do it: just pass a bill in the House to make the Bush tax cuts permanent and then go home. Just have a press conference and say, “the GOP stands for never raising taxes on anyone anytime, we’ve passed a bill in the House, until the Senate acts on that bill, there’s nothing to discuss, we’re going home”.
The republicans being the responsible people they are will keep bending in order to save the union and avoid catastrophic losses for the American people. The hero always sacrifices himself for the greater good. And Obama knows it.
We are at a major turning point in history. Just like the revolution or the civil war. Except our leader is the villain and not the hero.
We are in a constitutional crisis right now. Let's see if the house will step up to it's responsibility.
Let it all fall apart. The people voted for obama and his failed policies, let them have what they asked for...damn them all to hell!
Vote present, let the dems own it
They won't admit a flaw in their logic - only a flaw with the implementation. To wit: "we didn't raise taxes enough - last time..."
If he's willing to go down in history as the biggest thief of all time why would he stop and not touch the retired's funds? He could nationalize the banks, S&Ls, and brokerage firms. Loot all the private assets and replace them with brand spanking new issue 2%Treasury IOU-Bonds. Good bye IRA, good bye 401K, 403B, IRA, savings account &c, &c. He's already siphoned 3/4 trillion dollars out of Medicare, who going to stop him?
His "financial adviser", George Soros, once came within a pennyweight of destroying the British Pound and bankrupting their economy, do you think Obummer would do any less?
Obama, aided and abetted by the MSM, have successfully triangulated the GOP into a cannot win situation. Four years of it is Bush’s fault and class warfare against big business has made the GOP brand poison. If by some miracle the GOP grows a set and accomplishes a deal that does not raise taxes, Obama will veto the bill. He is newly re-elected, is protected by the media, so he has nothing to lose.
Going over the cliff is explained as going back to the Clinton years spending and tax policies. I thought all the libs swooned over Bubba’s time at the helm, now they are telling me Dubbya’s tax cuts are crucical to the middle class? So in other words they are saying middle class prosperty is Bush’s fault. Confusing isn’t it?
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