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President Obama, Architect of Pain
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 12/5/2012 4:31:21 AM

President Obama’s proposal to Republicans to avoid going over the so-called fiscal cliff — huge tax increases, huge spending increases, and no serious entitlement reform — is risible. What the president is offering up is essentially his last budget, which didn’t win a single vote of support from any member of Congress. It may be that this proposal was simply an extreme negotiating position that will be dramatically reshaped over the next 27 days. Or it may be that the president is, for political reasons, happy to have us go over the cliff.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: birmingham, 12/5/2012 8:10:52 AM     (No. 9049440)

There are several reasons that Obummer would like to go over the cliff: raising taxes is the biggest. Why in the world wouldn´t he want to just let the Bush cuts expire? He would be adding millions back to the tax rolls despite his coverup speeches about wanting to preserve the cuts for the middle class. He gets more money and the dopey voters in this country will blame the Repubs - win/win. Main goal at this point is to destroy the Repub party so everything he does is focused to that end.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: oh-heck, 12/5/2012 10:24:55 AM     (No. 9049716)

If we go off the cliff, 95 billion will again be collected as payroll tax in 2013. 179 billion more will come from the middle tax as income tax. 84 billion will come from the lower class filers. 27 billion will come from remnants of Stimulus. Only 42 billion from the Rich. He will happily defer for a year some of these taxes if he can get the GOP to create new taxes that will never end. He also wants the GOP to be willing to throw groups of voters to the wolves. If we go off the cliff and Dems propose reverting to Bush rates for all but the rich, the Dems will be the ones sacrificing rich. But they can´t get support for only a one year extension. Plus the GOP can suggest, take the money, find matching cuts in spending, and pay down the debt.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: nonsense, 12/5/2012 10:32:31 AM     (No. 9049736)

I´d say it is more like Misery. Anyone heard an updated Misery Index lately? If a different man sat in Our House, I´m sure it would be published every hour of the day from here until another Demonrat sat in the Oval Office.

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