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And they accuse Republicans of being unwilling to compromise

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:37 am - December 11, 2012.
Filed under: Obama Watch,Random Thoughts

Obama Fiscal Cliff Speech: I ‘Won’t Compromise’ On Taxes



  1. For Democrats, arguing tax rates is a game they love to play. If for no other reason than they keep winning. Democrats strategy on taxes is simple. Keep tax rates high on high earners and corporations but behind the scenes, create tax breaks and benefits for supporters.

    Ironically enough, it’s part of their class warfare strategy. Arguing for higher tax rates on high earners and corporations creates the perception that Democrats are holding the moral high ground (e.g., going after the 1%). While the behind the scenes mitigation of those tax rates through tax credits and paybacks reduces the impact on their supporters. Republicans play the mitigation game also but keep getting tripped up on the “lowering tax rates” issue so they aren’t nearly as effective.

    The MSM and liberal elite eat up the high tax rate meme because it makes them feel good about themselves. It doesn’t matter that they are part of the 1%. They are willing to sign up for the higher tax rates. It’s for the good of the country. Whether they acknowledge it to themselves or not, they know the brunt of the burden will not fall on them. Tax avoidance is the realm of the rich. Warren Buffett and Jeffrey Immelt are two of its poster children. It’s only the little guys that in the end actually pay more.

    Republicans need to wise up. This debate isn’t about tax rates. It’s not even about tax revenue. As has been demonstrated by much higher tax rates that have been imposed in the past, tax revenue is relatively constant within a range and raising tax rates won’t change that. This fight is about “who” will pay. The Democrats want Republican supporters to pay. That way they financially weaken their opponents and strengthen their supporters.

    Republicans think this fight is about what’s best for the country. Democrats understand this fight is about what’s best for them. If the Democrats win this fight, the future of this country is that of Greece, a dependency model that will keep the Democrats in power indefinitely. Republicans better start fighting like their future depends on it because it does.

    Comment by David — December 11, 2012 @ 9:49 am - December 11, 2012

  2. If only the republicans would learn from him.

    Comment by Paul — December 11, 2012 @ 10:30 am - December 11, 2012

  3. The U.S. is going through a period that is parallel to the 1930s. But different! The differences are encouraging:

    – Contrary to Roosevelt’s example, and contrary to Obama propaganda, the leftist president LOST power and votes on his re-election. The leftist party has a huge “majority outreach” problem. The election shows a shift to the right ‘beneath the surface’, especially at the State level.
    – Unlike the 1930s, unions are on the run from a disgusted public, after decades of them over-reaching. See WI and now MI.
    – Laws of math are working against leftism. The “Keynesian endpoint” has been reached; we simply can’t afford any more Big Government without igniting hyperinflation.
    – The leftist president is limited to 2 terms.
    – When the worst of the crisis hits, the leftist president will be in power and his policies will have visibly made things worse. (Visible to anyone who isn’t self-deluded; unfortunately, many people will remain so.)
    – Non-leftists have alternative media and decades of intellectual work to stand on.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — December 11, 2012 @ 8:28 pm - December 11, 2012

  4. Sock Reset

    Comment by V the K — December 17, 2012 @ 2:02 pm - December 17, 2012

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