I agree. We need the tax increase to pay down the debt.
I forgot. Spending would only be limited by revenues if congress lost the ability to authorize debt.
It's sausage-making though.
START, DADT and unemployment extensions are all important, too.
All he had to do is come out and have a press conference 6 months ago and announce that he just wouldn't sign any bill that keeps tax rates on the rich low - period. That he would veto any and all bills that contain that language. It would have changed the game dramatically.
Yeah he's not getting anything done at all (mightily resisting the urge to eyeroll)...
That's how this **** works. Checks and balances. We love checks and balances when an idiot is in power, hate it when one of our guys is in power.
Quote:All he had to do is come out and have a press conference 6 months ago and announce that he just wouldn't sign any bill that keeps tax rates on the rich low - period. That he would veto any and all bills that contain that language. It would have changed the game dramatically.
And then he gives up a powerful bargaining tool. How is that better?
START isn't a social issue.
And there are meta issues of continuing to be the collaborative guy, especially with this new group of Republicans, so it's very clear that he's the one who's trying and they're the ones who are being obstructionist.
He's never ever been the unilateral my way or the highway guy, not as a Senator or a candidate or as President.
I have no doubt that he'd prefer to let the tax cuts expire. However it's also something he can take another whack at down the line. And so everything has to be looked at big picture, give this to get that.
The midterms and presidential elections are really different balls of wax.
I think changing who he is in a core way midstream doesn't help anything, either. Being consistent while continuing to get stuff done (and yes, he so is, I know you agree I'm just reiterating) is by far the better strategy IMO, both in policy terms and political terms.
I said this before recently but it does seem to keep getting lost, he's less than halfway through his first term. He has between two and six more years to get craploads of stuff done. He's always been the big-picture finesse guy. People get all anxious about short-term stuff and then lo and behold, long-term he makes it happen.