I’ve already written (and still more here) about increasing numbers of Democrats doing a tacit “credit Bush” move – as opposed to the mindless failure of responsibility inherent in the “blame Bush” garbage – by demanding that ALL of the Bush tax cuts be extended at least temporarily.
So you’ll have to forgive me for changing the emphasis of the following excellent article, even as I preserve its substance.
Yes, Democrats are increasingly starting to change their tune on the Bush tax cuts. Previously, they were blaming Bush’s tax cuts for the economic collapse; now growing numbers of them are saying they should be extended. But let’s not forget to examine the classless, tasteless, and clueless demagoguery that is daily spit out of the Obama White House.
Rank and file Dems to Pelosi: extend all the Bush tax cuts
posted at 2:13 pm on September 13, 2010 by Ed Morrissey
After John Boehner reiterated his call to extend all of the Bush-era tax cuts expiring at the end of the year, the White House once again tried hammering him as an extremist looking to protect the rich at the expense of the middle class. House Democrats will undercut that messaging with their own call to put off tax hikes for the next couple of years. In a letter circulating on Capitol Hill and reviewed by Politico, Blue Dogs and other Democrats tell Nancy Pelosi that this is no time to raise taxes or to extend the uncertainty:
POLITICO has obtained a draft of a letter from rank-and-file lawmakers to Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer urging them not to let tax rates rise for Americans at the highest income levels.
“We believe in times of economic recovery it makes good sense to maintain things as they are in the short term, to provide families and businesses the certainty required to plan and make sound budget decisions,” the House members write in a letter that was being circulated for signatures on Friday and is expected to be delivered today or Tuesday.
Reps. Jim Matheson (Utah), Glenn Nye (Virginia), Melissa Bean (Ill.) and Gary Peters (Mich.) drafted the letter and are working to gather support, mostly from the moderate Blue Dog and New Democrat coalitions, for at least a temporary extension of the rates for top income earners as well as those in the lower brackets.
This comes at the same time that Boehner’s remarks have stirred controversy — although largely from the absence of context. The media originally reported them as a retreat back to the White House petition. Instead, Boehner said that he would vote to approve a bill that only extended the middle-class portion of the tax cuts if that was all that was offered. Boehner scoffed at the notion that he was holding those tax-cuts extensions hostage, which a moment’s thought would prove correct. Pelosi has a 77-seat majority in the House, and can pass anything Democrats want.
Clearly, some Democrats are now wondering if they want a class war right before the election. That kind of strategy plays well in districts like Pelosi’s, but is falling flat in the rest of the country. Democrats played that card in 2006 and 2008, and after four years of control in Congress, it’s no longer a trump card. Democrats need to find a way to generate growth, and the only way to do that is to get people with capital to put it to work — which the coming tax hikes will prevent.
The Obama administration is doing its best to portray Boehner as an extremist. Unfortunately for Obama, his own party shows that it’s the White House on the extreme, pushing tax hikes in the middle of an economic stall. It also points to a bigger problem with the strategy, which is that punching down below one’s weight is never a good idea. Instead of marginalizing Boehner, the White House is practically lending him the bully pulpit by putting Boehner at the same level as the President. That helps the GOP, because most of the electorate understands that tax hikes will be disastrous for the economy — and Obama doesn’t exactly have a track record of success that gives him the benefit of the doubt.
So Chris Boehner is saying that, as a principled conservative who believes in the radical premises that Americans actually deserve to keep more of the money that they earned, he wants tax cuts for everyone. But if he can’t get tax cuts for everyone, he’ll vote to give tax cuts to as many people as he possibly can.
Versus Obama (i.e., Obama Akbar!!!), whose position is that he will screw every single American and screw the entire economy unless his Marxist class warfare system prevails. Because, dammit, he wants to have all the centralized commissar power to “spread that wealth around.”
And Obama calls Boehner the “extremist.”
Meanwhile, the mainstream media is deceitfully misrepresenting Boehner’s principled position into some kind of retreat.
Boehner told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that “If the only option I have is to vote for those at $250,000 and below, of course I’m going to do that.”
But, he said, “I’m going to do everything I can to fight to make sure that we extend the current tax rates for all Americans.”
And, he said, “I’ve been making the point now for months that we need to extend all the current rates for all Americans if we want to get our economy going again and we want to get jobs in America.”
I know, I know, what an “extremist.” And, of course, Obama – who will blow up the entire country if he doesn’t get absolutely everything he wants – what a “moderate.”
And, of course, the media is clearly accurately representing Boehner’s view as a “retreat.” Because, as any fool (and only fools, fwiw) knows, no conservative wants tax cuts for the middle class. They just want tax cuts for the rich. Because conservatives are evil and they hate the middle class.
When Mark Twain said, “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get it’s boots on,” he could have been talking about the American mainstream media. Because that seems to be their standard operating procedure. It is most certainly Barry Hussein’s.
I have written about the fact that tax cuts for “the rich” are the best way to increase both jobs and government revenues. The arguments are on our side. And in fact rather than being “extremist,” the position of favoring lower taxes for ALL Americans is the reasonable one we can take. I hope you take time to read that.
The American people are now recognizing that Obama was fundamentally wrong about his stimulus; he was profoundly wrong about his ObamaCare; he was flagrantly wrong about his cap-and-trade system; he was terribly wrong with his green jobs nonsense; he was terrible wrong about immigration issues and the Ground Zero mosque; he endangered America by being completely wrong on Iran; and now he couldn’t be more wrong about his tax policy.
Where has this clown been right about anything?
Obama has said in his usual demagogic way, “If I said the sky was blue, they’d say no.” The problem with Obama’s analogy is that if he said the sky was blue, it would probably be nighttime and the sky would actually be black. Look at the sky at 2 AM and tell me it looks blue to you. Obama began his presidency with a lie, PROMISING he wouldn’t run in 2008. And not only has he never told the truth since, but he has proven that he is disastrously incompetent, as well. The other problem with Obama is he’s not saying things like “the sky is blue” that everyone can reasonably agree to; he’s saying extremist, radical things that will implode this country. If Obama would only pursue semi-reasonable policies, he’d get support from Republicans.
Let’s realize that Obama is a demagogue, a liar, an incompetent, and unfit to be president. Let’s do an even better job ignoring him. Let’s realize that if the mainstream media reports something, it is very likely at least mostly untrue. Let’s realize that cutting taxes for everyone – especially the people who actually create jobs in this country – is far and away the best path to prosperity. And let’s realize that we need conservative policies if we’re going to get out of this hole and move forward