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Operation Humiliation: Obama doesn’t need a budget deal. He just wants to rout the Republicans.
National Review ^ | 12/07/2012 | Rich Lowry

Posted on 12/07/2012 7:53:59 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Back during the 2008 Democratic primaries, Rush Limbaugh launched Operation Chaos. Four years later, President Barack Obama has embarked on Operation Humiliation.

It is coming off without a hitch.

Stage One was to dispatch his treasury secretary to Capitol Hill to make a laughable offer to Republicans on the fiscal cliff — literally. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reported that he burst out laughing upon hearing Tim Geithner spell out the White House’s terms.

Stage Two is watching Republicans squirm and panic. Less than a week after the hilarity courtesy of Geithner, the New York Times headlined a front-page piece, “GOP Looks for Fallback to Avoid a Fiscal Standoff.”

The grand budget deal that all the talking heads say we need to prove that Washington is still functional, to vindicate the memory of Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill, etc., etc., is almost certainly not going to come off.

For a deal to happen, one of two things must be true: The White House must either want a deal, or feel that it needs a deal. You don’t have to be a hostage negotiator or a game theorist to understand that neither is the case.

Does the White House need a deal? It considers its position so strong that it probably thinks it did McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner a favor by having Geithner show up to insult them in person. He could have done it by text message.

Obama just won an election in which pretty much his only concrete agenda item was a tax increase on the rich, although the casual listener might have thought he was talking only about taxing millionaires and billionaires. Tax increases on the rich poll well, while the Republican counter demands — entitlement cuts — don’t.

If nothing happens, tax increases go up for everyone, and all the polls show that the public is primed to blame the Republicans. That means that the president and the media will be plowing fertile ground when they paint Boehner and company as hideous extremists who hate the middle class if all rates go up at the end of the year.

So if the White House doesn’t need a deal, why would it want one? Because it is secretly spoiling to cut entitlement spending? Because Obama wakes up every morning wondering how he can cut the deficit today? Because weeks after sweeping to reelection, he is brimming over with modesty?

Obama loves to praise himself in public for his alleged courage in private discussing possible entitlement changes with Boehner during the fight over the debt ceiling. But he never says specifically what these changes were, let alone makes the case for them. He is always in favor of tough choices — in theory.

It has been rich to hear Democrats say that Republicans have to go first on entitlements, when House Republicans have passed the Paul Ryan budget twice. The president has the unique power to support any serious entitlement reform and instantly make it a matter of bipartisan consensus, because Republicans will endorse it and Democrats will grumble and go along. All the evidence is that he simply has no interest.

The Republican budget wonk and blogger Keith Hennessey carefully analyzed the numbers in the Geithner offer and figured, between the phantom savings and the new spending, it is a net spending increase. The new “balanced approach” is more taxes coupled with more spending.

The president is in a particular fever to raise tax rates, so that the Republican counteroffer of $800 billion in revenue through tightening up the tax code is dismissed out of hand. Why would the president want to increase any tax rates when the economy is still weak, and when he is said to be interested in pursuing tax reform next year that will presumably cut them right back down again?

It doesn’t make sense as economics or policy. It does as the triumphant finale of Operation Humiliation.

— Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: budget; congress; debt; obama

1 posted on 12/07/2012 7:54:04 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The media is in full force obamagasm. Every headline is “This is the best” when it come to him and “Republicans humiliated again” when it comes to anybody that dares oppose him. Goebbels would be proud.


2 posted on 12/07/2012 7:59:23 AM PST by pfflier
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To: SeekAndFind
I came to the same conclusion yesterday.

To: KoRn

I think he’s after one more thing besides what you have explained. He wants the Republicans to bow down and kiss his ring in humiliation. He wants more than the power of an unlimited purse he wants their tacit, albeit unspoken, submission to his will. After they cave in on this ‘fiscal cliff’ BS I think we are going to see some amazing things happen.

9 posted on Friday, December 07, 2012 1:16:14 AM by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)

3 posted on 12/07/2012 8:03:18 AM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: SeekAndFind
The Barbarians are at the gate. What do they want?

To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.

4 posted on 12/07/2012 8:06:12 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Republicans have made themselves useless, toothless, and clueless.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The democrats don't need to deal a single thing to the retchpublicans. All they need to do is go off the fiscal cliff, raise taxes, gut the military and blame it on those "evil repuplicans" who only care about the "rich"

Slam dunk.

5 posted on 12/07/2012 8:06:29 AM PST by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.u)
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To: SeekAndFind
Why would the president want to increase any tax rates when the economy is still weak, ...

Because he wants to destroy this country, to turn it into a third-world socialist hellhole.

He was raised from his mother's knee to hate freedom and Western Civilazation in general, and the US in particular.

If you keep that in mind, everything he does makes perfect sense.

6 posted on 12/07/2012 8:09:15 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring

You are spot on. I am amazed of the fact that some people to this day “wonder” why BO does what he does. Everything he does is the bring our country down, plain and simple.


7 posted on 12/07/2012 8:18:16 AM PST by PeachyKeen
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To: SeekAndFind

29% of old school “Republicans” agree with Obama - tax the rich.
70% of conservatives wish they could hold the gun Obama will use to put a cap in the Republican Congress.

64% of American (I mean, Omexican) voters prefer a contest about puppets, gay marriage, free contraception and, of course, skin color.

Educated, parent-raised, Christian votes have been replaced by low information, ghetto pride, gangster, pastime votes.

It’s not a fiscal cliff, it’s a cockroach colony that has reached maximum density and about to burst the foundations.

This nation is exceedingly corrupt, and it will not rouse itself until the blood flows.


8 posted on 12/07/2012 8:18:40 AM PST by februus
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To: SeekAndFind

Why would Obama need a budget deal, he has never had a budget!


9 posted on 12/07/2012 8:19:47 AM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Good God, if we just had someone to stand toe-to-toe with that marxist bastard and tell him it’s ALL tax cuts or NOTHING.

So effing what if tax hikes on the rich are “popular?” So were pet rocks. Tell that marxist and his supporters to shove his tax hike up their asses.


10 posted on 12/07/2012 8:20:17 AM PST by ScottinVA (I've never been more disgusted with American voters.)
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To: SeekAndFind
He wants R E V E N G E !

He said so.

11 posted on 12/07/2012 8:20:25 AM PST by eCSMaster (2012 elections: American Coup d'etat!)
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To: PeachyKeen

I told someone that once, and they replied “That’s the craziest thing I’ve ever heard”.

I then said “You’re right - that’s crazy. Do you have a better explanation for his behavior?”.

They didn’t.


12 posted on 12/07/2012 8:26:39 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

What is the riddle of steel?


13 posted on 12/07/2012 8:32:11 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: TigersEye

Just what are some of the “amazing things” you think we’re going to see happen?


14 posted on 12/07/2012 8:32:40 AM PST by nfldgirl
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To: DuncanWaring

Dinesh D’Souza is absolutely right about 0bamugabe. He’s a neo-colonialist having adopted the views of the bio-father he never knew.


15 posted on 12/07/2012 8:34:19 AM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: TigersEye

16 posted on 12/07/2012 8:36:47 AM PST by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: SeekAndFind
He just wants to rout the Republicans.

Mission Accomplished!


17 posted on 12/07/2012 8:37:34 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Mean Maryjean

I don’t have anything specific in mind. I just think he will overreach his Constitutional authority in ways that make his first term look timid. First he has to cow the Pubbies and publically humiliate them so that they can be ridiculed for any resistance they show later. The MSM will dogpile on them and carry the water that conservatism has been utterly invalidated.


18 posted on 12/07/2012 8:39:57 AM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s good to be king.


19 posted on 12/07/2012 8:56:49 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: ScottinVA

“Good God, if we just had someone to stand toe-to-toe with that marxist bastard and tell him it’s ALL tax cuts or NOTHING.”

So true. Romney the Nice Guy was steamrolled. Boehner is overmatched. We have no leader who holds a candle to these thugs. No superman to take on the bully, and this country seems to like bullies.


20 posted on 12/07/2012 9:04:28 AM PST by BlueStateRightist (Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.)
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To: SeekAndFind

He’s going to, and they are going to help him.


21 posted on 12/07/2012 9:24:11 AM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: SeekAndFind; All

Am I wrong to think the public will turn on Obamugabe as the economy crumbles? HE has been the one out front, and HE is the current occupant of the Oval Office.

What held Clinton up in the public eye was that the economy WAS doing relatively WELL during the government shut down. Right now the economy is stinking.

Add to that the fact that the election, though Obamugabe “won”, was fairly close...and not a resounding success for the Kenyan Assclown.

I dunno.

I know the “conventional wisdom” is that the Republicans are hated like the devil and Obamugabe is the Messiah in the eye of John Q. Sixpack.

I just don’t think conventional wisdom is necessarily right.

Thoughts?


22 posted on 12/07/2012 10:01:53 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: ScottinVA

I say let him tax the rich. They voted for him im mass anyway. If millionaire Obama voters in San Fran want the state and the feds to bleed themselves dry why get in their way. What sence does it make to defend people who aren’t worth defending? We conservatives made that mistake in Irag now we want to do the same here?


23 posted on 12/07/2012 10:19:37 AM PST by Blackirish
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