Boehner must go
First he fails by allowing the argument to be about $80B in annual tax increases when were are expecting a 5th year in a row of annual deficits of over $1T. Then he counters Obama’s insulting offer with an offer Obama made last time that caused the talks to fall apart. So now, Obama has gone so far left, and Boehner has gone so far left that Obama can get more than he originally requested and still look like he compromised. Brilliant Mr. Speaker. But it get’s worse. Boehner then offers real tax rate increases on those making over $1M. The price tag doesn’t matter Mr. Speaker. There is a very famous Winston Churhill quote that fits the moment.
“Churchill: “Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?” Socialite: “My goodness, Mr. Churchill… Well, I suppose… we would have to discuss terms, of course… ”
Churchill: “Would you sleep with me for five pounds?”
Socialite: “Mr. Churchill, what kind of woman do you think I am?!” Churchill: “Madam, we’ve already established that. Now we are haggling about the price”
You’re haggling over price Mr. Speaker, we have already established what you are.
It goes down hill from here because after Boehner hit rock bottom, he started digging. Word is he offered a clean increase to the debt ceiling for one year as part of his latest “offer”. Obama has blown through $2.7T in debt in 16 months and we are losing the argument because of taxes on a percentage of the population that carries the heaviest tax burden already and has clearly been identified as the producers in this economy.
How is it also that 19 Dem Senators (give or take) can be screaming about the medical device tax on Obamacare, calling it a “job killing tax” and no one calls them on their double or triple standards? I mean, Al Franken you voted for Obamacare you ignorant twit. You own it. Also, can you please repeat for the press and the President that taxes HURT the economy. The GOP should refuse to consider repealing that tax as a stand alone discussion. ANY conversation MUST includes all of Obamacare – if not, pay up.
Obama is playing chess, not checkers. I have no idea what game Boehner is playing right now. Taxes are going up. That much is certain. The issue remain on who, how much and will the GOP cave on their core principles and give Obama the air cover for raising taxes he seeks.