President Obama and a good chunk of Democrats want to raise taxes on the nation’s highest earners even though the increase wouldn’t amount to a hill of beans. It’s just another attempt to break the back of the Republicans with their “fair share” nonsense.
At the same time, Republicans have put forth plans to tackle the biggest driver of our debt—entitlements. Raising taxes, however—on anyone—is not an option, they say. Unless one side caves, we’re slated to dive off the so-called “cliff” shortly.
So why don’t Republicans just get out of the way and let it happen? It sounds crazy, but there is a case to be made.
Let Democrats bring a bill to increase spending on what Obama calls a second stimulus, raise taxes on high earners (including many small businesses) without doing a thing to fix Medicare and Social Security for current and future generations. Republicans can take a page of Obama’s playbook and vote present as he did when he was a senator. When the nation falls off the fiscal cliff, he can own it.
The tax increases that happen will be the Obamatax increases. When spending spikes, it can be the Obamatax and spend plan. And if we slide into recession with 9% unemployment and millions more out of work, as the CBO predicts will happen, it will be the Obama recession. In other words, it’s time for the right to call Obama’s bluff. Is he so hard headed as to risk his legacy because of his bloated ego?
If a majority of the country elected Obama to four more years in the White House, then let them have it their way without GOP support. Perhaps our nation needs to dive off the cliff in order to realize how dire our debt problem really is. Then maybe they’ll support real change.
Plus, Republicans will get blamed anyway and probably get swept in 2014. The president’s current public relations tour across country on the fiscal cliff is designed for that exact purpose. It’s much easier than leading.
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Bio: Jim McAllister has been a Plugged-In Scottsdale blogger, an Arizona Republic Sunday Plugged-In contributor, and a Scottsdale Republic columnist since 2005. He has also written for the Sonoran News and did a weekly column from 2004-2006 for the Scottsdale/Paradise Valley Independent. In 2004 he wrote a 7 part series on The History of Television for TV TOME (now TV.Com). A veteran of the U. S. Air Force, he has done hosting and commercial work in radio and TV and currently does a blog at jmcallister.blogspot.com.