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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:30 am    Post subject: Obama Hits the Road to Rally Support for His Tax Plan Reply with quote

Look at this headline ... a lot of people read nothing but the headline, as they rush by on their way to somewhere else. "Obama Hits the Road to Rally Support for His Tax Plan".

But what is Obama's tax plan? All he's doing is setting the Republicans up for the blame.

Obama Hits the Road to Rally Support for His Tax Plan

President Obama made a campaign-style foray on Friday to a toy factory in this Philadelphia suburb to rally the public behind his plan to increase taxes on the wealthy while casting Republicans in Congress as modern-day Scrooges.

“I’ve been keeping my own naughty and nice list for Washington,” he told workers and others gathered at a plant that makes K’NEX toys. If Republicans hold middle-class tax cuts hostage to preserve them for the rich, he said, then everyone could end up paying more next year. “That’s sort of like the lump of coal you get for Christmas. That’s a Scrooge Christmas.”

Mr. Obama’s trip here was his first return to the road during a high-stakes effort to outflank his opponents on Capitol Hill in the looming crisis over the nation’s finances. Rather than just sit down and negotiate with Congressional leaders, as he tried in the past to his disappointment, the president is pursuing a dual-track strategy that involves concentrating as much public pressure on lawmakers as possible even as his aides make the rounds on Capitol Hill.

So far, Mr. Obama has largely stuck to his past positions, gambling that the 51 percent of the popular vote he won in this month’s election constitutes a mandate that will force Republicans to back down. While he repeated here on Friday that he was willing to compromise, the proposals his advisers laid out to Congressional leaders on Thursday reflected an opening bid in a four-week negotiation with little new compromise so far.

Obama might be perfectly prepared to drive the sucker off the 'fiscal cliff', Thelma and Louise style -- if he can blame the Republicans.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From where I sit, this looks like s historical turning point, the climax of a decades-long epic struggle. Obama is obviously setting up the Republicans as the 'fall guys' responsible for whatever disaster results from the fiscal cliff.

Obama is leaving the Republicans with a choice -- be blamed for yet another depression, or ... give up their credibility as tax-resisters ... and thus lose the support of the Tea Party faction.

The Republicans can't win without that support.

Finally, the Democrats are going to 'un-do' Reagan!

Or is this just politics as usual?

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What I don't understand is the GOP sitting on their hands and allowing this to be called raising taxes on the wealthiest 2% and the top 3% of small business.

Isn't it in actual fact raising taxes on the few who created something like 40% of the new jobs last year?

This is a tax on job creators; it should be framed as such.

The government is arguing they can spend money in a better fashion then the very people who have dragged this economy slowly out of the pit it found itself in,

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a good point, but I heard a case being made today that the women's vote provided the decisive margin. Romney suffered the biggest gender gap in history, apparently.

Married women preferred Obama by a little ... but the real gender gap opens wide with single women, who gave Obama a margin of (if I remember correctly) 28%!

It's entirely possible that the embarrassingly obvious media-induced baloney about the Republicans threatening the availability of contraception might have won the election ... along with the other mythic 'war on women' stuff.

Obama sounding the class warfare tom-toms to rouse the races -- trumped an incipient recession as an election issue -- think of it.

This must be what they mean when they say that the People get the Government they deserve.


This is a interview on the psychology of women at this present moment, and what the Republicans have to do to get into the picture ...

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