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Obama may run Truman-style 2012 campaign
Daily Caller ^ | 08/16/2011 | Neil Munro

Posted on 08/16/2011 5:42:17 AM PDT by markomalley

President Barack Obama is eyeing a 2012 campaign modeled on President Harry Truman’s 1948 successful re-election campaign against Congress. First, however, the White House will send to Capitol Hill an assortment of ‘economy-boosting’ legislation in a package that may include a major overhaul of the tax code.

“I’ll be putting forward, when they come back in September, a very specific plan to boost the economy, to create jobs, and to control our deficit,” Obama told a friendly audience at a Decorah, Minnesota campaign-event on Monday.

“My attitude is, get it done … [but] if they don’t get it done, then we’ll be running against a Congress that’s not doing anything for the American people, and the choice will be very stark and will be very clear.”

“My hope is that Congress is willing to take up tax reform,” he said. “So far they’ve said that they’re willing to do it, but so far we haven’t seen a lot of energy on the part of some folks in actually delivering on tax reform,” he added.

The potential success of Obama’s proposed strategy is unclear. The GOP nominee has not been selected and Obama’s approval rate has declined to 39 percentage points, according to Gallup. Also, Obama failed to get Republicans in Congress to approve a tax-boosting “Grand Bargain” during the debt-ceiling talks, even though a deal would have bolstered his campaign-trail claims that he is a fiscal conservative and a consensus builder in Washington.

The run-against-Congress campaign strategy echoes the successful 1948 campaign of President Harry Truman, who also inveighed against a “do-nothing” Congress while competing against a GOP presidential candidate.

The Republicans had a 60-vote majority in the House, and passed many pro-growth bills that were signed into law by Truman. The House passed the Taft-Hartley union regulation bill and a landmark defense reform measure. It also enacted the forerunner to the Current Clean Water Act. The House established the military ties that would become NATO and the the Marshall Plan, which helped revive the war-damaged European economies.

But Truman’s do-nothing claim stuck, partly because the country was in a postwar recession.

Truman won the election with 49.6 percent of the vote against the expected winner, New York Gov. Thomas Dewey, who took 45.1 percent of the vote.

Obama did not describe the proposals that he would send to Congress in September, but did repeat a litany of measures that he has cited in his stump speeches. The proposals include an update of patent laws, a government backed infrastructure bank to fund state and local construction projects, tax increases on wealthy Americans, passage of three free-trade deals and extension of the temporary payroll tax-cut.

Following a question from the audience, Obama also endorsed a major reform of the tax code.

The “super-committee” of 12 legislators that was created by the debt-ceiling deal could close “a bunch of these loopholes and tax breaks,” he said, which would allow Congress to “lower the overall rate, broaden the base.”

“It would be a fairer, easier system that would combine simplification with, actually, more revenue,” he said.

However, Obama also said he would oppose a reform that lowered the overall percentage of taxes paid by the wealthy. “I think it’s very important for us to maintain what’s called progressivity in the tax code,” the president said.

“You can reform the tax code where you just have a flat tax, for example; the problem is Warren Buffett would probably pay even less in taxes, and a lot of companies would pay even less in taxes if you set up that system,” he said.

The 2003 tax code signed by President George W. Bush increased the percentage of taxes paid by the wealthy.

For example, Bush’s cut ended income-tax payments by roughly 10 million families, boosted the child tax-credit and ensured that the poorest 40 percent of families do not pay income taxes,” according to an analysis by the Heritage Foundation.

Similarly, a December 2006 report by the Congressional Budget Office reported that the top 5 percent of tax-payers saw their share of all federal income taxes rise from 56.6 percent to 58.4 percent.”

During his speech, Obama said he agreed in December to continue the Bush-approved tax cuts because their end would have been painful to middle-class families. Ending the taxes “would have meant that the average family saw their taxes go up $3,000 on average, at a time when they were still digging themselves out of a debt hole,” he said.

“It would have been very bad for the economy,” he said.

If the Republican Congress does not cooperate with his proposals, “I will take my case to the American people,” he said. If Republicans “want to sit there and do nothing for the next 16 months, while unemployment is still high and small businesses are still suffering, then ultimately they’re going to be held to account by you,” he told his audience.


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bustour; catfoodcommittee; donothingcongress; jobspackage; jointcommittee; obama; obama2012; obamabustour; partyofnoplan; strategy; supercommittee; supercongress; taxcode; taxes; truman
Interesting observations. Don't know if they are correct, but it might be something to look out for.
1 posted on 08/16/2011 5:42:18 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

AND he will do it all ignoring congress and by executive order.


2 posted on 08/16/2011 5:43:51 AM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: markomalley

So which country is he thinking of nuking?


3 posted on 08/16/2011 5:47:50 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: markomalley
This won't work for Obama. Truman was viewed as a good honest man, Obama is at best an overly slick politician and at worst a traitor. So when Washington became overly political it was easy for Truman to blame congress. It will be nearly impossible for Obama to do so. After all there is no way to separate Obama from Obamacare.

In addition running against the GOP house means running with Nancy Pelosi. She still is quite hated around the country and her continued presence will be an albatross around the neck of the Democrats. OK a dead sea bird would probably be more pleasant to have around than Pelosi but you get the picture.

4 posted on 08/16/2011 5:48:07 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: markomalley

Is there no end to this man’s delusions?


5 posted on 08/16/2011 5:49:58 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: markomalley

Obama may run Truman-style 2012 campaign...

Truman believed “the busck” stopped with him, not somebody else, so I don’t see how this skid mark of a pResident will be able to pull it off.


6 posted on 08/16/2011 5:50:48 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: markomalley

It’s almost pitiful to think that the fool actually seems to believe this crap is the answer...


7 posted on 08/16/2011 5:52:17 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: markomalley

one moment obama is reagan,

the next, lincoln,

and now, truman.


8 posted on 08/16/2011 5:52:39 AM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: markomalley
“I’ll be putting forward, when they come back in September, a very specific plan to boost the economy, to create jobs, and to control our deficit,”

"boost the economy" = even more government spending, "create jobs" = more worthless government programs, "control our deficit" = raise taxes on the "rich".

9 posted on 08/16/2011 5:53:16 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: markomalley
Does that mean that his motto will be :The Buck Stops Here" and start accepting responsibility.....NOT!
10 posted on 08/16/2011 5:53:37 AM PDT by clove (God, Family and Country, the truth will live!)
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To: markomalley

So - tax cuts for everyone except those who are paying taxes.

That’s another winner Bambi! Right up there with the Chevy Volt and the Department of Jobs!


11 posted on 08/16/2011 5:55:07 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: agere_contra

This is a failed presidency that’s just flailing for answers.

Expect more of these gimmicks


12 posted on 08/16/2011 5:56:57 AM PDT by LMAO ("Begging hands and Bleeding hearts will only cry out for more"...Anthem from Rush)
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To: television is just wrong
AND he will do it all ignoring congress and by executive order.

Why should he stop doing that now?/sarc

13 posted on 08/16/2011 5:57:19 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: markomalley
This Truman...the guy whose life isn't what it appears?

14 posted on 08/16/2011 5:57:42 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: markomalley
Bring on the Truman comparisons!

Here's one: Truman vacationed at his home or on an Army base. Bess never went off gallivanting around the world with 300 of her "best friends." ML/NJ

15 posted on 08/16/2011 5:58:58 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: GonzoGOP

So far Obama has been emulating Washington, Lincoln, FDR, JFK, Reagan - and now Truman.

Why stop there? Why not become Joan of Arc, George III, Attila the Hun and Julius Ceasar?


16 posted on 08/16/2011 6:00:31 AM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: ken21
one moment obama is reagan,

the next, lincoln,

and now, truman.

Next stop, Jimmah...

17 posted on 08/16/2011 6:01:13 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages.)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

I was just about to post a picture of that same poster!

I think that Obama’s campaign will indeed be like The Truman Show, with the “star” (Obama) being unaware that reality is far different from what his handlers have led him to believe. I doubt that Obama will have a Pat Caddell willing to tell him, the day before the election, that he won’t come close to winning.


18 posted on 08/16/2011 6:04:19 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: markomalley

For Barack Hussein obama—a muslim communist puppet of George Soros whose traitorous goal is to take down America—to compare himself with Harry S Truman—one of our greatest President, and no one’s puppet—is next to blasphemy!!!!

Republicans better nomInate a decent candidate. It would be national suicide to reelect Soebarkah!!!!


19 posted on 08/16/2011 6:04:57 AM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: USS Alaska

why it won’t work for Obama:

1. Truman was able to run against both houses of Congress
2. Dewey quit campaigning altogether 3 weeks b4 the election
3. there were no TV cameras in those days

This is all nonsense and evidence of someone who has nothing to say.


20 posted on 08/16/2011 6:05:03 AM PDT by mwl8787
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To: Paleo Conservative

So which country is he thinking of nuking?

##

My guess is Israel.


21 posted on 08/16/2011 6:08:31 AM PDT by SUSSA
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To: Tex-Con-Man; AuH2ORepublican

But Truman Burbank was a genuinely nice guy, unlike Hussein, who works to kill babies and old people!!!!


22 posted on 08/16/2011 6:08:34 AM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: markomalley

Truman didn’t have to deal with 24/7 cable news and the internet though. Go ahead and try to run it that way Baraq, and see how well it goes now.


23 posted on 08/16/2011 6:18:52 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: markomalley

Wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t buy an old locomotive and ride a Lincoln Trail. Hell, maybe he’ll grow a beard..


24 posted on 08/16/2011 6:19:13 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: markomalley

The article is dorked up, it is not correct.
Decorah, Minnesota .. NOT Decorah is in Iowa.


25 posted on 08/16/2011 6:23:43 AM PDT by revtown
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To: markomalley
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_1952

Maybe Truman in 52'. He was wildly unpopular, and lost the New Hampshire primary to Kefauver. He then dropped out.

26 posted on 08/16/2011 6:36:50 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: markomalley

Such a strategy could succeed if we send in our Dewey, Mitt Romney.


27 posted on 08/16/2011 6:43:18 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: ken21
one moment obama is reagan,

the next, lincoln,

and now, truman.

Don't forget Martin Luther King.

28 posted on 08/16/2011 6:57:27 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, please let it rain in Texas. Amen.)
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To: Common Sense 101

“the busck” Is that some kind of African Deer? LOL

But you are right. O’Blowme is too much of an ideolog to do something as smart and honest as that. Plus he is just too dumb


29 posted on 08/16/2011 7:04:54 AM PDT by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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30 posted on 08/16/2011 7:09:21 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: Paleo Conservative
So which country is he thinking of nuking?

The DUmmies all seem to think an October Surprise against Iran is coming
31 posted on 08/16/2011 7:10:34 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: markomalley
Certainly worth looking out for so it can be spotted, spot-lighted and dismantled.

The "do nothing" here is the Democrat party and I mean the Senate in particular. It's abysmal and shocking they have gotten a free pass so long.

32 posted on 08/16/2011 7:25:17 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Wisconsin Vote Today: Kim Simac vs. fleebagger Holperin)
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To: Paleo Conservative

LOL...my very first thought, too.


33 posted on 08/16/2011 7:28:26 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Some guy at The New Republic suggested a bigger war as economic stimulus.

Maybe that's a backup plan now having toppled Mubarak, picked on Assad, pushing Gaddafi, still in Iraq, Afghanistan...

That would certainly be a crisis.

34 posted on 08/16/2011 7:32:19 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Wisconsin Vote Today: Kim Simac vs. fleebagger Holperin)
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To: markomalley

So he wants to do a Truman number and run against a do nothing Congress huh?

Won’t work, because Truman had a both the Senate and the House in Republican hands. So he was able to paint the whole Republican party as obstructionists at a time when the media had already been working on destroying Joe McCarty.

The beauty of not winning the Senate last year means he cannot run against it.

Sorry Bumma!

What you need to watch out for is a Helter Skelter summer next year, because Obummer is hoping to start a race war so he and the MSM can paint the right a racist.


35 posted on 08/16/2011 7:37:09 AM PDT by OneVike (Just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: markomalley
“My attitude is, get it done … [but] if they don’t get it done, then we’ll be running against a Congress that’s not doing anything for the American people, and the choice will be very stark and will be very clear.”

Good. Make that argument you Keynesian Socialist.

The country doesn't want Congress to do anything. We want Government to leave us the hell alone.

36 posted on 08/16/2011 7:40:30 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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