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Let Obama Be Obama
National Review ^ | 11/22/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 11/22/2012 9:58:20 AM PST by SeekAndFind

After his party’s devastating setback in the 2010 midterm elections, Barack Obama was reelected earlier this month by painting his Republican opponents as heartless in favoring lower taxes for the rich. They were portrayed as nativists for opposing the DREAM Act amnesty for illegal immigrants, and as callous in battling the federal takeover of health care.

Republicans countered with arguments that higher taxes on the employer class hurt the economy in general. They assumed most voters knew that amnesties are euphemisms for undermining federal law and in the past have had the effect of promoting more illegal immigration. They tried to point out that there is no such thing as free universal health care, since Obamacare will only shift responsibility from health-care practitioners and patients to inefficient government bureaucracies and hide the true costs with higher taxes.

And they utterly failed to convince the American people of any of that.

Why doesn’t the Republican-controlled House of Representatives give both voters and President Obama what they wished for?

The current battle over the budget hinges on whether to return to the Clinton-era income-tax rates, at least for those who make more than $250,000 a year. Allowing federal income rates to climb to near 40 percent on that cohort would bring in only about $80 billion in revenue a year — a drop in the bucket when set against the $1.3 trillion annual deficit that grew almost entirely from out-of-control spending since 2009.

Instead, why not agree to hike federal-income-tax rates only on the true “millionaires and billionaires,” “fat cats,” and “corporate jet owners” whom Obama has so constantly demonized? In other words, skip over the tire-store owner or dentist, and tax those, for example, who make $1 million or more in annual income. Eight out of the ten wealthiest counties in the United States voted for Obama. Corporate lawyers and the affluent in Hollywood and on Wall Street should all not mind “paying their fair share.”

Upping federal tax rates to well over 40 percent on incomes of more than $1 million a year would also offer a compromise: shielding most of the small businesspeople Republicans wish to protect while allowing Obama to tax the 1-percenters whom he believes have so far escaped paying what they owe, and then putting responsibility on the president to keep his part of the bargain in making needed cuts in spending.

Likewise, instead of hiking death taxes on small businesspeople, why not close loopholes for billion-dollar estates by taxing their gargantuan bequests to pet foundations that avoid estate taxes? Why should a Warren Buffett or Bill Gates act as if he built his own business and can solely determine how his fat-cat fortune is spent for the next century — meanwhile robbing the government of billions of dollars in lost estate taxes along with any federal say in how such fortunes are put to public use?

The president flipped in an election year on the DREAM Act. Suddenly, in 2012, Obama decided that he indeed did have the executive power to order amnesty without congressional approval for those who came illegally as children, stayed in school or joined the military, avoided arrest and thus deserved citizenship. In response, Republicans supposedly lost Latino support by insisting that federal immigration law be enforced across the board, regardless of race, class, gender, or national origin.

But why not make the president’s DREAM Act part of the envisioned grand bargain on immigration? Once it is agreed upon that we have the ability to distinguish those foreign nationals deserving of amnesty, then surely we also have the ability to determine who does not meet those agreed-upon criteria.

Why, then, cannot conservatives allow a pathway to citizenship for the play-by-the-rules millions who qualify, while regrettably enforcing an un-DREAM Act for others who just recently arrived illegally; enrolled in, and have remained on, public assistance; or have been convicted of a crime? Who could object to that fair compromise?

Finally, Obamacare will be imposed on all Americans by 2014. But so far the Obama administration has granted more than 1,200 exemptions to favored corporations and unions, covering about 4 million Americans. Shouldn’t Republicans seek to end all exemptions rather than tackle the improbable task of overturning Obamacare itself? Their motto should be: “Equality for all; special treatment for no one!”

One of the brilliant themes of the 2012 Obama campaign was forcing Republicans, on principle, to systematically oppose most of the things that the administration wanted them to oppose — thereby shielding itself from the unwelcome consequences of its own ideology while winning political points. Now, in defeat, Republicans should agree to let the chips lie where they fall: Tax only the truly rich; reward only the truly deserving illegal immigrants; and exempt no one from Obamacare.

Nothing could be fairer or more equal than that.

— Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the author, most recently, of The End of Sparta.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: obama; taxes
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1 posted on 11/22/2012 9:58:24 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I agree.

The policies promoted by the Democrats will either usher us into a golden Utopian age, or they will cause huge amounts of damage.

If we are headed for a golden Utopian age, why would I stand in the way?
If damage is going to be done, then the damage must be seen to be done, and it must be laid firmly at the feel of Democrats.

Let them do what they want. If the policies are reprehensible, just vote “present”. Do not try to stop them.


2 posted on 11/22/2012 10:02:33 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Global Warming is a religion, and I don't want to be taxed to pay for a faith that is not mine.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is exactly why we should give them exactly what they want and when they tell us to sic the “rich evil people” we should point the finger at the rich liberal asshats that helped elect the socialist POS.

They wanna “bring it all down, man” we should oblige and show them the difference between lazy leeches taking down a system and motiated pissed off makers with the same goals, but with the goal of permanetly removing the rich liberal elite from their riches and their power forever.

This can only work while the 2nd and 1st amendments are in place, if they get erased we are seriously screwed.


3 posted on 11/22/2012 10:04:51 AM PST by GraceG
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To: ClearCase_guy

Vote present on everything!


4 posted on 11/22/2012 10:06:03 AM PST by GraceG
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To: ClearCase_guy

I agree 1000%. Let them own it. Then tear down whatever they did in 4 years


5 posted on 11/22/2012 10:06:19 AM PST by MattinNJ (Col. West in 2016!!!!!!!!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

I agree, but I want to go further. America hates Bush anyway, so let ALL that er`s tax cuts expire.

The economy will tank further, but Americans will feel better ... “fairness” will be achieved. And maybe with the extra money in the treasury, they can upgrade their 0bamaphones.


6 posted on 11/22/2012 10:20:09 AM PST by ScottinVA (I've never been more disgusted with American voters.)
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To: ScottinVA

er`s = era`s


7 posted on 11/22/2012 10:23:04 AM PST by ScottinVA (I've never been more disgusted with American voters.)
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To: GraceG
When a malignant cancer has spread too far for surgery to get rid of it, chemotherapy is often the favored procedure. Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not; in many cases it just prolongs the suffering.

I guess it's time to try chemo and find out whether it rids the body politic of the disease, arrests its spread or combines with the cancer to kill the patient.

8 posted on 11/22/2012 10:23:04 AM PST by DanMiller (Dan Miller)
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To: SeekAndFind

We understand that raising taxes on the rich won’t solve the budget problem. But the Democrats throw that idea out and we oppose them and then they go to the media and their voters and say, “See! We told you! The Republicans are just for the rich!” And then more Democrats are elected and they implement their stupid social programs instead of taxing their donors.
So use Judo on them. Don’t stand up straight and take that shot to the mouth. Grab that fist and go with it. Pull them towards you. Then, use their attack’s energy and flip them on their back.
“Yes, we agree that taxes should go up. We would like to see people like Warren Buffet and Bill Gates and Barbara Streisand and Robert Redford and Michael Jordan pay more taxes. How much is Harry Reid paying, by the way?”


9 posted on 11/22/2012 10:25:17 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t agree.

Lets return to the Clinton tax rates that everyone claims to be so fond of across the board. Or in other words, let the Bush tax cuts expire entirely without exception. The left says the cause of all our economic problems are due to the Bush tax cuts and “Bush deregulation” so lets return to the Clinton days and the let the good times return... Some lessons have to be learned the hard way. Lets get on with the learning...


10 posted on 11/22/2012 10:29:21 AM PST by DB
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To: SeekAndFind

The uninformed don’t and won’t learn anything unless it hits them in the pocket. Oh wait, the $4 gasoline didn’t teach them anything. The stigma or rassissm trumps everything anyway. Vote Obama even if gas = $8/gallon. The author assumes that the voters will open their eyes and see. They haven’t and they won’t.


11 posted on 11/22/2012 10:34:23 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Indeed, 2014 will be that much easier.


12 posted on 11/22/2012 10:44:29 AM PST by Mike Darancette (I don't understand why the Boomers are so passive.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I hope the Demoncrats run Lewis Farakan next.  I betcha they can even get somone like Lewis Farakan elected Prezzy of the United Steezy.  Hey, as long as he's black right? (Never forget slavery 250 years ago and our solemn duty to put any and all people with black skin on a irreproachable pedestal.  It must be done for mankind to advance forward!! /s)  

I wanna see if white-guilt-syndrome idiots and Jewish Americans will actually vote for a Lewis Farakan.  I'm wondering if there's actually a point where these people will draw a line.  Everyone needs to find out exactly what is going on in this country so that we all can decide what we really need to do.

 

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13 posted on 11/22/2012 10:47:56 AM PST by CaptainKrunch (Freedom does not promise safety and security, freedom only promises freedom.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Interesting. Why the Hell not?


14 posted on 11/22/2012 10:48:01 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: DanMiller

The option now is either amputation, or just letting it die asap.....


15 posted on 11/22/2012 10:50:20 AM PST by GraceG
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To: blueunicorn6

Tax rich liberals at 100%, even if it means we have to tax rich conseratives at 100%, because after they are drained the rich libs will have a lot harder time to recover....


16 posted on 11/22/2012 10:57:00 AM PST by GraceG
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To: GraceG

Unfortunately, it seems rather late for amputation. The cancer has spread to the brain as well as to the stomach.


17 posted on 11/22/2012 10:58:09 AM PST by DanMiller (Dan Miller)
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To: DanMiller

Ol’ Yeller time......


18 posted on 11/22/2012 11:00:41 AM PST by GraceG
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To: SeekAndFind

If you wonder why we have Obamacare here it is.

The Left is going to get what it wants regardless - but we should still fight....


19 posted on 11/22/2012 11:14:15 AM PST by Tzimisce (What do you do when every every branch of the government is corrupt and aligned against you?)
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To: DB
People forget that Clinton’s policy was successful only because he was riding the dot-com bubble. What’s the bubble now? Only massive federal spending. Some will say, well, war spending ended the depression. Yes, it put 16 people in uniform and millions to work in war industry, and when that war ended, the men in uniform came back to work in factories built with government money to supply the pent up domestic demand. BUT there was also an almost insatiable demand for Americans goods from those overseas.in countries destroyed by war. Foreign aid got them money to buy those goods. Like Sweden and Switzerland, we profited immensely from that war. But that was then and now is now. Who is profiting from our lavish spending?
20 posted on 11/22/2012 11:19:56 AM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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