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Dems put U.S. on road to ‘cliff’
bostonherald.com ^ | 11/29/2012 | George F. Will

Posted on 11/29/2012 5:44:15 PM PST by massmike

With a chip on his shoulder larger than his margin of victory, Barack Obama is approaching his second term by replicating the mistake of his first.

Then his overreaching involved health care — expanding the entitlement state at the expense of economic growth. Now he seeks another surge of statism, enlarging the portion of gross domestic product grasped by government and dispensed by politics. The occasion is the misnamed “fiscal cliff,” the proper name for which is: the Democratic Party’s agenda.

For 40 years the party’s principal sources of energy and money — liberal activists, government employees unions — have advocated expanding government’s domestic reach by raising taxes and contracting its foreign reach by cutting defense. Obama’s four years as one of the most liberal senators and his four presidential years indicate he agrees. Like other occasionally numerate but prudently reticent liberals, he surely understands that the entitlement state he favors requires raising taxes on the cohort that has most of the nation’s money — the middle class.

Mitt Romney as candidate and others before and since have suggested increasing revenues by capping income tax deductions. This would increase that tax’s progressivity, without raising rates that would dampen incentives. Obama’s compromise may be: Let’s do both. Remember the story of when the British Admiralty sought six new battleships, the Treasury proposed four, so they compromised on eight.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: fiscalcliff

1 posted on 11/29/2012 5:44:16 PM PST by massmike
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To: massmike

" at least 219 of the 234 House Republicans won in November by margins larger than Obama’s national margin."

There's your mandate. The Pubs need to scream that at the Crats every day.
2 posted on 11/29/2012 5:56:23 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Do you really think that screaming this would matter?


3 posted on 11/29/2012 6:04:53 PM PST by what's up
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It would matter to me. I want the Pubs to get in the faces of these treasonous statists.


4 posted on 11/29/2012 6:18:57 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Nah. Getting blue in the face won’t make bit of difference. I hear that Dear Leader is off to Hawoya for a “well deserved” 20 day R&R. If I were Boner I’d very calmly announce that since it’s obvious that the President isn’t too concerned about the “fiscal cliff” then neither is the House and therefore we are in recess until Dear Leader gets back. Enjoy your ride over the “cliff”.


5 posted on 11/29/2012 6:37:26 PM PST by technically right
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To: technically right
If I were Boner I’d very calmly announce that since it’s obvious that the President isn’t too concerned about the “fiscal cliff” then neither is the House and therefore we are in recess until Dear Leader gets back.

Well that would be entertaining. I'm in favor of anything that doesn't involve agreement or compromise. No negotiating.

6 posted on 11/29/2012 6:49:09 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: massmike

“Barack Obama is approaching his second term by replicating the mistake of his first.”

The Socialist Autocrat may not consider his choices and actions to have been mistakes.


7 posted on 11/29/2012 7:49:49 PM PST by Elsiejay
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