Skip to comments.A Possible Republican Strategy for the Fiscal Cliff (Force Obama to blink)
Posted on 11/30/2012 8:26:23 AM PST by SeekAndFind
There is much debate regarding how Republicans ought to handle the fiscal cliff. They are in a showdown with President Obama as to who will blink first.
So my suggestion to them is to take a page from Obama's playbook and kick the can one more time. They should extend the status quo for one more month, to February 1, 2013. The reason behind this strategy is that President Obama is legally required to deliver a budget in January. What that would do is force him to commit his budget to paper. He would be forced to blink.
The Democratic Senate has gone for years without passing a budget. And the President's last budget was tossed aside by the Senate under Majority Leader Harry Reid by a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 0-99. Obama got through his first term by repeatedly blaming his predecessor.
Now, having been re-elected, his predecessor is himself. Unrestrained by the need to run for re-election ever again, he has a totally free hand. His modus operandi is to "lead from behind", but that won't work now. So if the Republicans extend the status quo until he has been forced to perform his presidential duties, they will force him to blink first. That will put the onus for what follows squarely upon his shoulders. All they have to do is say "Yes Sir, Mr. President, after you". They can smile and be sweetly polite.
If he acts, as he has been hinting, in campaign mode as he has done for the last four years, he will bear the legacy forevermore. Bill Clinton accepted sane Republican fiscal reform when he lost to Newt Gingrich's Contract with America. Clinton got to claim the credit anyway because that change took place at mid-term for the presidential election cycle.
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The fraudulently elected person who occupies the White House has a history of blaming everybody else and does nothing positive. In that, he is a product of his generation - NEVER accept responsibility.
And to think he will not run again, in violation of the Constitution, is ludicrous. He has almost absolute power; he will not surrender it peacefully or willingly.
If we avoid the cliff, it's clear that Obama will only agree to do so with tax hikes and fake promises for future spending cuts that will never happen. We saw this a year ago; same old same old, see you again at the next cliff when the debt ceiling is inevitably reached.
If we go over, we get massive tax hikes and massive spending cuts. Obama will likely try to cover his rear by trimming the tax hikes with a middle class cut. The rest would stand.
Honestly, it looks to me like the choice is tax hikes with fake spending cuts or tax hikes with actual spending cuts. I'm starting to think the cliff is the better choice for the long term. Lots of short term pain though.
Just wait . . . they’ll start prepping and priming Michelle to run in 2016. 8 More Years. Woman. And Black. And O’s Wife. IF being First Lady qualified Hillary in the eyes of voters, what’s to stop them from running Moochelle?
What that would do is force him to commit his budget to paper.
He’s the supposed black president. He doesn’t have to anything he doesn’t want to do AND he gives out free obamaphones!
Let Obama have anything else he wants, only take away his ability to spend money he does not have.
I like the Thelma and Loise approach to the “financial cliff”
Full speed ahead!
You mean the GOP Spelunkers?
“President Obama is legally required to deliver a budget in January.”
He has never submitted one yet, so why would we expect a legal requirement to matter to him? He thinks that, to paraphrase Judge Dredd, he IS the law.
I dont even understand what he is suggesting “Kick the can down the road” ???
What does that mean?? Give in to that set of demands he made yesterday for one month? Or just the tax cut extension?
The writer should be specific because rounding up votes right now will be tough to do..
I think his point is that the Reid Senate will reject Os budget getting the House off the hook. Interesting idea.
“whats to stop them from running Moochelle?”
The author is suggesting a way to win the political game, and it’s worth considering.
It doesn’t solve the bigger problem of overspending though. I hate it that the political theater has become a bigger concern than the future of the country.
” I think his point is that the Reid Senate will reject Os budget getting the House off the hook. Interesting idea. “
Sure as heck is.
That's not actually true. He has submitted budgets - the last one got voted down by 99 to 0 in the senate.
"Honestly, it looks to me like the choice is tax hikes with fake spending cuts or tax hikes with actual spending cuts."
The Dems entire future is premised upon an out-of-control entitlement state where they get to dole out the goodies, and the Repubs are the meanies who want to take it away from you. We talk about the future of the country decades down the road, the country we will leave for our kids and grandkids, the value of hard work, etc... the Dems provide instant gratification. Instant gratification is winning big time.
Republicans will increasingly lose national elections and races in swing states I fear, no matter how enticing the candidate, as long as this exists. Anything that punctures this entitlement state is a desirable thing.
“O” Can’t make his state of the union speech until he is able to look good!
Being re elected ain’t enough!..since he has NO record of achievement.
I say, the economy is screwed no matter what Conservatives demand... so LET IT BLEED!