If you stand back and watch the circus going on in Washington D. C., you would observe the following: first, the Republicans are so busy negotiating the solution to the “fiscal cliff” crisis that they forget that compromise takes TWO parties. Second, we have a President who makes “give me what I want, or else” ultimatums and then busies himself doing non-essential, unimportant activities, in the almost mistaken belief that he can pin all the consequences of his failure of leadership on the Republicans. The Progressives (aka. Democrats) have NOT offered anything more substantial than”raise the taxes on the rich”, knowing full well that it won’t make even a small dent in our debt. Obama and the Progressives merely want to punish the successful and keep spending like drunken sailors! The Republican dog keeps chasing its tail while the Progressives look on and laugh, feeling so smug that none of the fallout will land on them when in fact they are doing NOTHING to avoid the coming crisis.
What the Progressives are asking for is to give the heroin addict more heroin if he gives you his “promise” to quit later. Progressives aren’t stupid because Obama himself said that the biggest drivers of our deficit spending are Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. He admitted that these programs need to be REFORMED, not discontinued; but Obama also realizes that these entitlement programs buy votes and keep his Progressives in power. Hurt the seniors, the poor, and those in need; and you cut your own political throat. The stark reality for ALL politicians is that they realize that these programs are NOT sustainable in their current form.
The Republican leadership is so busy trying to diminish the influence of the Tea Party representatives because the socialist left has succeeded, with the help of their propaganda wing (formerly known as the Main Stream Media), in painting the Tea Party as “extreme right wing nut jobs” that they have ceased to hear the voices of real people. The Republican “establishment” has surrendered their spine in a vain attempt to be liked by the MSM, not realizing that too many of the media have already sold their soul to the devil.
Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Chris Van Hollen, Chuck Schumer, and all the other Progressive leadership are all hoping that the country does go over the fiscal cliff because it will actually accomplish almost EVERYTHING that the Progressives want to achieve. Taxes will go up on EVERYONE! Tax rates will rise to Clinton era levels, and taxes on dividends and investments will rise, stifling economic growth. It also DOES NOT do anything to stop the extreme overspending by Obama and his Progressives. In other words, those guys want what they want with no compromise! I didn’t realize that we now lived under a dictatorship, but I’ve been wrong before.
Lindsay Graham, Bob Corker, and all the other Progressive Republican lap dogs need to stop throwing themselves face down on the concrete in front of Obama. Sit at the negotiating table like adults; and if Obama pulls his usual tantrum throwing and walks out on the negotiations because he can’t have his way, then go to the microphones and explain to the American people and lay out what was offered and what was rejected before Obama and his propaganda machine has a chance to spin the truth away.
Obama is appealing to American citizens (well, actually anyone in America, legal or not) to use social media to tell their Congressmen to give him what he wants with NO compromise. I ask you, before you do that, to think about this; if you taxed the rich totally out of existence, you may be able to run the government for six months. But you would have NO jobs and no social safety nets. Inflation would be as bad or worse than it was in Germany during the Weimar Republic. History of that era is easy to find either on the net or in print. The situation of the Weimar Republic issued in the reign of Adolf Hitler as the “savior of Germany”. It kind of sounds like the praise that is being heaped on Obama right now by people like Jamie Foxx.
Republican Senators: you need to decide whether or not your principles, if you have any left, are worth defending or if you should retire to that chicken ranch you’ve technically been living on the last couple of elections. Standing in front of a mirror debating and compromising with yourselves is not what most of us citizens would call leadership (or even sanity in that case). It is your job, ladies and gentlemen of the United States Congress, to hold the President up to the responsibilities he declared he wanted when he ran for a second term. No more blaming others for his failures of leadership. No more leaving the hard decisions to his advisers, aides, or other politicos. You make him, and him alone, sit down and write out exactly what he is willing to compromise on (whether it be reform, change, or REAL spending cuts.)
It is time for Mr. Obama to start treating the opposition with some respect because he is NOT the smartest man in the room, as the media has made him out to be. He needs to learn to listen to opposing views and show himself flexible enough to deserve the honor and respect of the office he holds. If he’s NOT willing to act like a reasonable adult, then we have indeed degenerated into a third-world banana republic. Ladies and gentlemen, take a lesson from marriage…no one party EVER gets everything they want in the relationship if harmony is to be maintained, and compromise is beneficial to BOTH parties. Merry Christmas.