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Giving Obama What He Wants

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 President Obamathe 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Why? “Pat,” you say, “He’ll ruin the country. We can’t give up. We have to fight!”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Founder and author of the political and news commentary blog Political Realities. I have always loved to write, but never have I felt my writing was more important than in this present day. If I have changed one mind or impressed one American about the direction our country is headed, then I will consider my endeavors a success. I take the tag line on this blog very seriously. Above all else, in search of the truth.

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  • Conservatives need to do a better job going forward of explaining what we’re FOR, rather than against. We did a weak job of that in the latest campaign. The goal now must be victory in the next two biannual national elections.

    Running the risk of belaboring the obvious, the task that needs doing is reducing government spending, not raising taxes. The federal government is involved in so many things that don’t add value, are duplications of other efforts, and are done poorly to boot. There are monumental saving to be made (without bringing in social security or Medicare, which are separate problems that require solutions) that tax hikes would be unnecessary to balance the budget.

    I keep reminding myself that after the abyss that was Jimmy Carter came Ronald Reagan and a restoration of America. We can continue to hope.

    • Dragonconservative

      True that. Conservatives have done a poor job of explaining their principles. That’s what Boehner needs to do in the House.

    • That’s a good point, John. There is no doubt we could and should do a better job of defining what we stand for.

      As for the debate about raising taxes and the possibility of cutting spending, I could not agree more with your assertion. I can not understand why it is so hard for people to understand that spending needs to be cut. The first thing the liberals think about is raising taxes. If they do mention spending, they want to talk about cutting in areas that are not really the problem. For once, I would like to see common sense prevail. If they would listen to Senator Tom Coburn, he could should them where to start cutting. Entitlements needn’t enter into that part of the discussion.

  • Dragonconservative

    Certainly food for thought, Mr. Jackson. Giving Obama what he wants will give Republicans the Senate in 2014 and the presidency in 2016, but what about the House? We need to maintain a Republican majority in the House if America is to succeed and get back on its feet after 2016. So what do we do? If we try to bring people together, I’m not sure we’ll succeed. Romney tried to do that, and failed. It was close, but he failed.

    Here’s what we need to do. Boehner needs to make sure that any fiscal deal is as bipartisan as possible in the House. The Senate, with its Democrat majority, will liberalize fiscal bills, and Obama will sign them into law. Afterwards, I think that the economic results will be devastating. So here’s how it looks to the people. Republicans are trying to compromise, but Democrats are running on ideology, and the results are horrible. So then, the people will vote out the Democrats in the Senate in 2014, at which point Obama will either be forced to do something (which I doubt) or there’ll be gridlock. If gridlock happens, it’ll be blame game all the way to 2016. That’s why Republicans in the House and Senate will need to make sure that they do not seem obstructionist by going on TV a lot and getting their message out to the people.

    Then in 2016, it will be (hopefully) Andrew Cuomo (D) vs. Scott Walker (R).

  • Conservatives on Fire

    Interesting; Larry. You, Pat Slattery, 5etester, and PJTV all propose the same thng. When I proposed the samething a while back, I got little support. Today the idea is getting a lot of support. Good job, Larry.

  • This is something I have gone back and forth on in my mind since the election. Part of me says screw it, give Obama what he wants and then the world will see he is a failure and the American people will realize we were right all along. But then part of me thinks if we do this the damage will be irreparable and I am not sure if we should attempt it. I still don’t know what the best course of action is, I guess we’ll just have to let it play out and report on it as it happens.

    • I also worry about the damage such a decision would bring. As you know, I have been openly fearful of a second Obama term, more so than his first. If the Republicans decide to take this route, to give him carte blanch to do as he wishes, there may be repercussions. The damage he could do in even two years with no one standing in his way scares me.

      • lou222

        I think your feelings are justified with what we have seen in 4 years, Larry.

    • Lou222

      It seems that it is a no win situation, doesn’t it? If we give in and compromise, it is seen as weakness and if we fight it, the media will go on the attack, so where do we stand? We have the best interest at heart for America, but the media has made us look like we are the opposite. I think with the tilting percentage of workers to non-workers, by the time we have another election, the takers will be far more intact and having to vote to keep the free stuff coming in. We are running out of time, that is pretty evident.

  • In my view, Slattery is correct.

    Indeed, opposing Obama will not accomplish anything now and will only serve to do more damage to conservatism.

    We’re reached a helluva condition: that we must watch America endure a terrible and painful waking up.

  • “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.”

    Yes! Yes! Yes!

    The people voted for it. Give ’em what they want!

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  • David Caskey

    The Dems have done a far better job of publicity than the Republicans. That is were the problems are. It is not good to do anything if you are not showing the public what is happening. If, pardon me, when the economy falls, the Republicans will still be blamed. The fact is, our political process is dead. It is time to consider secession.

    • I wouldn’t disagree with you about the publicity, David. Of course, the Democrats have the media in their back pocket, so they have more than a leg up in that department.

      As for considering secession, I do not believe that is the route to go. Our country has been strong because of the union between the states. Take that away and what will be left?