A few days ago, I wrote a post about the campaign of rhetoric that is underway. It is a campaign to convince as many Americans as possible that the only possible way out of the fiscal condition we are in is to raise taxes. The only thing standing between Obama and his achieving the liberal dream of higher taxes is the Republicans in Congress and I’m not even sure they have the political will or capital to hold their ground. Some of them are already backing down, saying something has to be done to avert the fiscal catastrophe that is headed our way. I agree with them. Something has to change.
Before the election results were in, I held the belief that there was no possible way Americans would give President Obama a second term in office. I thought Americans were smart enough to see through his rhetoric and the lies he told. After it became clear that wasn’t the case, I began to wonder if our country would be able to recover from the damage that would surely be done in a second Obama term. To borrow a phrase that seems to be making the rounds, my position on this has evolved. I came across a post from Pat Slattery that epitomizes exactly how my thought process has worked. Thanks to Conservatives on Fire for the tip. Here is part of what Pat wrote. I would urge you to visit either website and read the rest.
During the past four years I said we needed to fight Obama, not to make him fail, but because it was clear to me from an economic standpoint that his policies would make the United States fail. I was of the opinion that we couldn’t allow all of the damage that was looming actually come to pass and that we had to stave it off.
I’ve changed my mind. I’m beginning to wonder if the best thing we could do is to cave. Let Obama raise taxes all he wants on whoever he wants. Allow people to experience the best and worst of Obamacare. Give him everything he asks for.
Why? “Pat,” you say, “He’ll ruin the country. We can’t give up. We have to fight!”
President Obama is a man who got re-elected on excuses and demonization of his opponent. “Nobody could have fixed this economy in four years.” It was still Bush’s fault. Worse, he got away with blaming Republicans for their opposition to his brilliant, job creating, plans. He counted on the forgetfulness of the general populace (and it’s a good bet whenever a politician does this) in order to act like he got nothing he wanted. Those first two years when he got everything he wanted? Those years when policies were put in place that took an economy which was doing what economies do after a steep recession–have a steep recovery (GDP had already grown to 3%)–and put the brakes on it, reducing it to feeble under 2% (really, barely over 1%) growth. Never happened! Just like we were never at war with Eastasia, Democrats never got all they wanted.
Pat is correct. No matter how much we compromise with the Democrats, it will never be enough. Compromise with them on taxes and they will want to raise them even more. Let them increase spending and they will get even more greedy. I have come to the conclusion that we can not win for losing. If we stand in their way, if we hold our ground and refuse to raise taxes and insist on spending reform, we will be castigated in the media. They always seem to have an answering rhetoric for whatever position Republicans decide to take.
Maybe it is time for Republicans to let Obama and his liberal buddies have what they want. Give them the floor and allow them to raise taxes and increase spending. All the while, pointing out the direction they are taking our country. Perhaps we should continue to explain to the American people what the liberals are doing and exactly how Obama is destroying our country, but abstain from voting. That would allow them to pass their tax and spend agenda, but without a single Republican vote. They would own it all, politically speaking. When it fails, as it inevitably will fail, they would have no room to wiggle out from under the blame that would land squarely on their heads.
Trust me, it perturbs me greatly to say this. My first inclination is to dig my heels in and only allow them to raise taxes over our dead political bodies. But maybe the only way Americans are going to wake up is to let them feel the full economic impact of what the agenda Obama has in mind for our country. At the very least, it gives us much to think about.