Skip to comments.Michael Medved: Obama’s Fiscal Cliff Sanity Proves He’s No Secret Agent of Destruction
Posted on 01/04/2013 7:19:13 AM PST by SeekAndFind
The president may be a big-spending liberal, but his willingness to give ground on taxes should prove that hes not out to ruin the country.
The fiscal-cliff deal settled nothing in terms of the desperate, ongoing struggle to bring Washingtons devastating deficits under control, but it should put an end, once and for all, to a bitter debate thats damaged the conservative movement for the last four years.
With the president participating in successful last-minute efforts to prevent crushing, automatic, across-the-board tax hikes that would have done disastrous damage to the U.S. economy, its time for Barack Obamas angriest critics to finally give up the paranoid fantasy that hes some sort of alien agent with a secret agenda to wreck capitalism and weaken the United States.
If the president really did nurse a deep-seated desire to ruin the free enterprise system (and the Republican Party along with it), he just missed his golden opportunity.
Had he pushed the nation off the fiscal cliff (as many conservatives feared he would), he could have gained a precious two-fersavaging the American business community with nightmarish new tax burdens, crushing 30 million new households with the impact of the Alternate Minimum Tax, and blaming stubborn, unyielding Republicans for all the resulting wreckage.
Obamas willingness to make a deal doesnt mean that his policies count as wise or far-sighted or beneficial. But his readiness to compromise should prove to anyone but the most deluded nut-case that those policies are not deliberately destructive.
Had the president stood firm on his endlessly re-affirmed determination to raise rates for all households earning more than $250,000, then John Boehner and the rest of the GOP would have refused any deal, taxes would have gone up automatically on every household and business, and the nation would have fallen into severe double-dip recession. Instead of forcing that outcome, the president agreed to exempt the big majority (70 percent) of those well-off families he originally had targeted, freezing tax rates for households majority with reported income between $250,000 and $450,000. Even taxpayers above the $450,000 line will pay far less than they would have paid if the tax system had gone off the cliffbecause of big savings on all income earned below that line.
This deliverance from destruction should put to restforeverthe toxic notion of the populist right that the president of the United States harbors the secret goal of destroying the country hes been (twice) elected to lead. That idea often connects with idiotic claims about President Obamas concealed Kenyan birth, hidden Muslim affiliation, radical Communist commitments, descent from Malcolm X or Frank Marshall Davis, control by demonic puppet-masters like George Soros, and so forth and so on ad infinitum (or insane-item).
At its most sophisticated level, the theory of Obamas destroy-America agenda links to his fathers undeniable anti-colonialist and Third World socialist outlook. In bestselling books like The Roots of Obamas Rage and his smash hit movie 2016: OBAMAS AMERICA, my friend Dinesh DSouza advanced the idea that the president consciously desired to reduce the nations prosperity and power in order to make up for the sins of racist colonialism and to foster a more balanced, multi-polar world order. No less a figure than Newt Gingrich, often hailed as the most influential intellectual in the Republican Party, embraced DSouzas analysis as brilliant and suggested that it accurately assessed the true motivation of the most powerful political figure on the planet.
In the world of conservative media, Rush Limbaugh has promoted similar arguments since Obamas earliest days in office, insisting that his famous hope for the president to fail meant only failure for the new chief executives malevolent nation-wrecking aims. On countless occasions, this most influential (and generally insightful) voice in right-of-center commentary has explained the economic setbacks of Obamas first term by insisting that the president meant to damage capitalism on purpose. On one memorable occasion Limbaugh suggested that if a hound gets whacked by his master once or twice he might write it off as unintentional, but if the abusive owner punishes the pet every single day then even a dumb dog knows its no accident.
The fiscal-cliff crisis may have accomplished almost nothing in settling our most serious policy disputes but it should put to rest the illogical notion that the presiding chief executive somehow advances his own interests through economic devastation. For 99.4 percent of all U.S. households, the president ended up agreeing to permanent consecration of the same Bush tax cuts he formerly blamed for all the economic reverses of the last decade. He accepted only a third of the new revenue he had demanded as absolutely essential to deficit reduction as recently as a month ago. In the aftermath of the agreement, Democrats seem not only surprised at the scope of the presidents concessions to the GOP, but utterly amazed that most Republicans appear unable to assess the significance of their own gains in the negotiations.
In part, that blindness stems from the lingering fear that any perceived success for Obama involves inevitable harm to Americas prospects for prosperity, because the president yearns to crash the economy as step one of imposing a new socialist system. Abandoning this delusion will not only allow the GOP to improve its political prospects but will foster a more realistic and constructive role in governance.
Barack Obama remains a standard- issue big-government leftist with dysfunctional assumptions about Washingtons limitless power to solve every problem. Huge fights remain as principled Republicans seek to curb his free-spending excesses and the Democratic Partys unstoppable instinct to expand federal power.
But those fights will go better when conservatives acknowledge that the president qualifies as a typical, vote-buying Democratic politico in the tradition of FDR, LBJ, Teddy Kennedy, Bill Clinton, and Dick Daley, seeking power, popularity, and prosperity by spending other peoples money. Its never helped the cause of limited government or fiscal sanity or effective leadership in Washington for the right to flirt with the inane, offensive idea that Barack Obama is a kamikazeor commie-kazebent on a political suicide mission to steer the most powerful nation on earth toward fiery destruction. With the economy-saving fiscal-cliff compromise now a done deal, that dark vision looks more ridiculous than ever.
It is easy to understand why I could never stand this idiot.
Finally, after four years, some proof! /S
I’ve given up on Medved, Hannity, and Beck. I read where Hannity’s rating have plummeted and Beck is no longer on KTTH in Seattle in the mornings.
Me too. What a shame. He fooled me for a while.
If Michael Medved can not see that Obama is a Marxist, he should retire. He’s right about most things, but for my taste, he simply thinks he’s too smart. He also occasionally gave the Clintons the benefit of the doubt, not understanding that they, too, like this Marxist narcissist now in the White House, want to transform this country into their image, as Hillary so stated 20 years ago.
Hey, Mike, wipe that stuff off your chin. You also need a new pair of knee pads. The ones you’ve used for the last four years are getting worn out.
I’m not some ‘right wing lunatic’ that call Obama a communist. I know what the man is, a ‘Corporatist’. He told us in Springfield, Ohio that voting for him would get us ‘revenge’. That is not a destructive sentiment? Hey, maybe, MSNBC has an opening for you.
So Micheal not paying our bill proves that ‘he who must not be named’ is not someone who is trying to overthrow America as we know it. That is what he professes as his goal! The GOP has become impotent against his powerful glamour spell that has fallen over the weak of mind.
Back in 2008, Medved was a McCain supporter in the primaries.
I call Bull Cr@p on the whole article and this is just one example why.
Medved has always been way too interested in seeing the good in the other side. In that sense, he’s a useful idiot for the Left. In addition, he has never struck me as too intelligent of a guy. He writes a column like this that bats down a bunch of silly, strawman arguments and concludes that it somehow “proves” that Obama is flexible and wants to get the economy moving. The past four years show that Obama’s policies are horrible for the economy and the future of the country. Whether or not Obama “intentionally” is trying to “destroy” the country is irrelevant. He can hold hands with Obama and sing Kumbaya as we go over the cliff to our destruction.
Honest to god, MM, are you THAT F-ing stupid?
Given the Republican mistreatment of Sarah Palin for the past four years, that "bitter" debate isn't over.
Congratulations, Michael. You were able to contradict yourself in the first sentence.
Obama realized that he could take half a loaf now, split the Republican party and come back for other higher taxes again very soon. Sometimes you take a partial victory today to get total victory tomorrow rather than trying to grab everything today. The GOPe's surrender may split the party and open up the House to the Democrats in 2014, and I'm not so sure they would mind becoming the minority party just to keep conservatives from having any power.
Medved probably has a picture of John Boehner on the ceiling of his bedroom.
Medved too? The way everyone lines up to kiss Obama’s butt,you’d think it tastes just like mamma’s apple pie.
For a guy with an Ivy league education, this piece is not very smart.
This deal was a big ol’ wedge which Obama will use to continue splintering the GOP for the rest of his second term.
“should prove that hes not out to ruin the country”
It doesn’t “prove” any such thing!
These idiots believe they must maintain their credibility by not calling out Obama for his obvious agenda.
If I thought providing Michael a list of contrary evidence would help, I would.
Ah the voice of reason and nuance. So eager to find common ground that he’s willing to suspend basic common sense. I wonder what 0 would be doing different if he was trying to ruin the country.
Medved lived toooo long in Hollyweird with his head in the sand!!!
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