“We has met the enemy and he is us.”

The House Republicans aren’t going to give Obama what he wants. They aren’t even going to give him a hell of a lot less than he wants. Boehner doesn’t have the votes.

As Part of Plan B, Boehner was to deliver, not a tax increase on those making more than $250K for which Obama asked, but a tax increase on those making more than a million dollars a year. He was then going to adjourn, go home and leave Obama to take it or leave it.

If Obama took it, 98.8% of Americans would have been spared a tax increase next year. If he rejected it, every tax paying American would pay more. Now there is nothing to take or leave. Boehner didn’t have the votes.

Say what you want about Boehner. He understood that sometimes you have to sacrifice a pawn to save your queen. I don’t know what the rest of the caucus is thinking. If their goal is to avoid tax increases, they failed. Refusing to pass Plan B just turns the tiller over to the Democrats.

I predict we are going over the cliff and Obama will immediately start a traveling campaign calling for a tax cut for those making less than $250K per year. People will get behind him. Republicans won’t be able to talk about avoiding tax increases anymore. The tax increases will already have occurred.

All of the Republicans who refused to vote for lower taxes for those making less than a million a year will, at some point next year, line up to vote for lower taxes for those making less than $250K per year. How that is a victory is a mystery to me.

Boehner had spent weeks negotiating with his members and the Obama. At the last minute, when he needed Republicans most, they effectively gave Obama the victory he wanted. The weren’t play chess, they were playing checkers.

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8 Responses to “We has met the enemy and he is us.”

  1. R.D. Walker says:

    Mark my words: In a few weeks these same Republicans will be falling all over themselves to pass the “Obama Tax Cuts”.

    Over at the Daily Kos they are laughing their asses off.

  2. R.D. Walker says:

    It was pretty amateurish for Boehner to publicly promote Plan B if he didn’t know he had the votes.

  3. Jim22 says:

    Great quote from Pogo. You’re right about the cliff. This has all been orchestrated from the White House.

  4. serfer62 says:

    This is silly…Boehner gave The Won everything he wanted
    1) The Continueing Resolution with annual increase across the board was Boehner
    2) The $1.4T birthday gift to The Won was Boehner
    3) The debt ceiling increase without cuts was Boehner
    Now you’re tyelling me Boehner can be trusted?

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Obama is going to get everything he wanted and far, far more if the GOP does nothing.

      Boehner’s plan was to give up a pawn – okay, maybe a bishop – to save the queen. Those who refused to support him are choosing to give up the queen.

      Don’t you get it? The GOP is checked. I am not pleased with Boehner either but pretending there is a clean way out for “Glorious Conservatives Of Pure Heart And Deed” is what is really silly.

    • notamobster says:

      This is silly…Boehner gave The Won everything he wanted

      Everything, except the destruction of the Republican Party going into the next election cycle. That’s what he’s really after.

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