He is planning to kill the Republican Party.
The White House has already rejected GOP offer for tax increases that raises taxes more than Obama called for during the campaign.
Some say that Obama should be given everything he wants. He is now rejecting everything he said he wanted.
White House officials rushed to dismiss a GOP compromise offer on the “fiscal cliff” on Monday, bolstering some Republicans’ spreading concerns that President Barack Obama is willing to risk an economic shock to grab a political advantage for his party in the 2014 midterm elections.
In a rapid-fire series of White House tweets and statements, the GOP proposal was rejected as unserious, a “step backwards” and “nothing new.”
Republicans pledge not to increase taxes.
Obama demands that they increase taxes.
Republicans cave in and agree to increase taxes.
Obama rejects their offer to increase taxes.
Why? Republicans want to increase taxes by ending deductions. Obama insists that the increases come in the form of rate increases, not deductions.
What difference does it make? Obama knows that Republicans will say that they only closed out deductions and didn’t actually raise tax rates. While that is still a tax increase, Obama understands that there will be some obfuscation of the issue.
Obama doesn’t want obfuscation. He wants an absolute, unequivocal victory in which he can say, “The GOP betrayed you and raised taxes even after they pledged that they wouldn’t! They lied to you.”
This was done before. Bush Sr. had told America to “read his lips” and that he would approve no new taxes. When he betrayed that pledge and signed the tax increase, both the Democrats and the media hailed it as an act of a statesman willing to compromise and work with the other party.
A year and a half later, however, the DNC was running non-stop television advertisements portraying Bush as a man who couldn’t be trusted. He was no longer a statesman willing to compromise with Democrats for the good of the country. The Democrats hammered him daily for betraying his pledge and raising taxes when he promised he wouldn’t. It arguably cost him the election.
If Obama was interested in increasing tax revenues, he would accept the closing of tax deductions as the means to increase revenues. He isn’t interested in tax revenues, however, and he never was. His goal is to drive a stake through the heart of the GOP by forcing them to betray the “no new tax pledge” that has held the party together for the last two decades.
He will continue to reject any and all reasonable tax increase proposal from the Republicans and, therefore, we will go over the fiscal cliff and he and the running dog media will blame the ensuing recession on Republicans.
Obama can’t lose. He will either get party crushing tax increases from a vanquished GOP or he will blame the fiscal cliff on them.
Don’t delude yourself. Obama doesn’t give a tinker’s dam about increasing tax revenues. His goal is to lure Republicans into betraying their principals so the DNC and Super Pacs can eviscerate the party in the 2014 elections. Failing that, he plans to take the nation over the fiscal cliff and blame the Republicans so he can eviscerate the party in the 2014 elections.