While many of you may disagree with me, and free speech is a right given to you by our Tea Party-revered Founding Fathers, I think that Republicans, especially in the House, are so dense that light can’t escape them for insisting on no tax increases at all as part of a debt-and-spending deal.
This is a nonsensical position, considering that U.S. tax revenues are at near-historic lows as a share of the overall economy. Stubbornness is on Republicans like scales on a flounder. Which helps explain Michele Bachmann’s splotchy complexion.
When the economy melts down like a tsunami-stricken nuclear reactor, I hope everybody has enough rings and trinkets to go to a pawn shop on Penn Street. Otherwise nobody around here eats or pays the mortgage, not to mention pays taxes that seem strictly and unfairly to be the burden of the hard-working middle class.
And while the debt-ceiling debate that seems longer than the Hundred Years War may turn out badly for President Obama, for now it’s boosting his profile with independent voters who decided the last several elections.
Obama, hoping to burn a path across the window of time to the 2012 presidential election, certainly is playing to independents.
Obama is positioning himself as someone willing to make political sacrifices to reach a bipartisan accord and avoid a potentially disastrous default on U.S. obligations. He says some trims are needed to Social Security and Medicare, the safety-net programs dear to liberal Democrats. He also says an eventual package must include some tax increases, but only on the wealthiest Americans.
All of which not only makes him sound smart, but makes him sound like Dudley Do-Right.
Contrast Obama’s steel spine with the wimpy GOP and Democratic leaders who are paralyzed with fear over angering their conservative and liberal bases with a deal to raise the debt limit — which undoubtedly is in the best interest of America.
Little wonder that Obama’s image as a comparative centrist is a posture that appeals to independent voters.