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Make the Democrats Own the Obama Economy
Townhall.com ^ | November 28, 2012 | Ann Coulter

Posted on 11/29/2012 2:45:59 AM PST by Kaslin

One bright spot of Barack Obama's re-election was knowing that unemployment rates were about to soar for the precise groups that voted for him -- young people, unskilled workers and single women with degrees in gender studies. But now the Democrats are sullying my silver lining by forcing Republicans to block an utterly pointless tax-raising scheme in order to blame the coming economic Armageddon on them.

Democrats are proposing to reinstate the Bush tax cuts for everyone ... except "the rich." (Why do only tax cuts come with an expiration date? Why not tax increases? Why not Obamacare? How about New York City's "temporary" rent control measures intended for veterans returning from World War II?)

Raising taxes only on the top 2 percent of income earners will do nothing to reduce the deficit. There's not enough money there -- even assuming, contrary to all known history, that the top 2 percent won't find ways to reduce their taxable income or that the imaginary increased government revenue would be applied to deficit reduction, anyway.

Apart from Obamacare, it's difficult to think of a more effective method of destroying jobs than raising taxes on "the rich." This isn't a wealth tax on useless gigolos like John Kerry -- it's an income tax on people who are currently engaged in some profitable enterprise. Their business profits, which could have been used to hire more employees, will instead be used to pay the government.

But Republicans are over a barrel. Unless Republicans and Democrats reach an agreement, the Bush tax cuts expire at the end of the year. By pushing to extend the tax cuts for everyone except "the rich," Democrats get to look like champions of middle class tax cuts and Republicans can be portrayed as caring only about the rich.

And when the economy tanks, the Non-Fox Media will blame Republicans.

The economy will tank because, as you will recall, Obama is still president. Government rules, regulations, restrictions, forms and inspections are about to drown the productive sector. Obamacare is descending on job creators like a fly swatter on a gnat. Obama has already managed to produce the only "recovery" that is worse than the preceding recession since the Great Depression. And he says, "You ain't seen nothing yet."

The coming economic collapse is written in the stars, but if Republicans "obstruct" the Democrats by blocking tax hikes on top income earners, they're going to take 100 percent of the blame for the Obama economy.

You think not? The Non-Fox Media managed to persuade a majority of voters that the last four years of jobless misery was George W. Bush's fault, having nothing whatsoever to do with Obama.

The media have also managed to brand Republicans as the party of the rich, even as eight of the 10 richest counties voted for Obama. And that doesn't include pockets of vast wealth in cities -- Nob Hill in San Francisco, the North Shore of Chicago, the Upper East Side of Manhattan and the Back Bay of Boston -- whose residents invariably vote like welfare recipients. Seven of the 10 richest senators are Democrats. The very richest is the useless gigolo.

Republicans have a PR problem, not an economic theory problem. That doesn't mean they should cave on everything, but seeming to fight for "tax cuts for the rich" is a little close to the bone, no matter how tremendously counterproductive such taxes are.

Yes, conservatives can try harder to get the truth out, but as UCLA political science professor Tim Groseclose has shown, media bias already costs Republicans about 8 to 10 points in elections. Try arguing a year from now that Republicans' refusal to agree to tax hikes on the top 2 percent of income earners -- resulting in an expiration of all the Bush tax cuts -- had nothing to do with the inevitable economic disaster.

Republicans have got to make Obama own the economy.

They should spend from now until the end of the congressional calendar reading aloud from Thomas Sowell, Richard Epstein, John Lott and Milton Friedman and explaining why Obama's high tax, massive regulation agenda spells doom for the nation.

Then some Republicans can say: We think this is a bad idea, but Obama won the election and the media are poised to blame us for whatever happens next, so let's give his plan a whirl and see how the country likes it.

Republicans need to get absolute, 100 percent intellectual clarity on who bears responsibility for the next big recession. It is more important to win back the Senate in two years than it is to save the Democrats from their own idiotic tax plan. Unless Republicans give them an out, Democrats won't be able to hide from what they've done.

Even Democrats might back away from that deal.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barackobama; democrats; economy; jobsandeconomy; obama; obamaeconomy; republicans

1 posted on 11/29/2012 2:46:09 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

If things are bad enough there can be a complete turnaround; where BJ Clinton came into office with Dems controlling the White House and Congress, after eight years of him (and we still hear how popular and loved he was) the voters put Republicans in control of everything.


2 posted on 11/29/2012 2:51:43 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Kaslin
Everything has it's proper name - this is now the "obamaconomy" ... not to be confused with a normal, functioning, self-correcting, free-market economy. In the obamaconomy, things just go from bad to worse and the MSM says "Problem? There is no problem here - move along, keep moving, don't hold up the line!"
3 posted on 11/29/2012 3:27:08 AM PST by Ken522
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To: Kaslin

Just vote for 0bama’s way - with the understanding and clear communication that it will not help but will hurt. Blame the aye vote on the election. Then when it crashes it WILL be 0bama’s.

Like the article says - make ‘em own it.


4 posted on 11/29/2012 3:28:47 AM PST by Principled
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To: kearnyirish2

Good point, I have been saying all along that the Democrats own this economy and the wars too, they can’t keep blaming Bush, not anymore, I just get frustrated with our leadership, they seem to capitulate to the Democrats. We must fight! It is a war we can win, the Democrats have declared war on God, American values, and morality too, we can’t lose this war, we must not give up!


5 posted on 11/29/2012 3:36:30 AM PST by IslamE (epiphany)
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To: Kaslin

BUMP


6 posted on 11/29/2012 3:43:47 AM PST by kitkat
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To: kearnyirish2
Its never going to happen. We have reached a tipping point in our Country. There are more of “them” than there are of “us”. The Marxist agenda has been successfully implemented in our society, and the voter (legitimate or not)has been dumbed down to the point that they cannot discern the facts. They just want their “stuff”. As the older, more conservative patriots, begin to die off the trend will become even worse. I wish it were not so, but that is the reality. They have won, we have lost and in doing so, the Country that we have loved will become a quaint memory.
7 posted on 11/29/2012 3:49:12 AM PST by Shane (When Injustice Becomes Law, RESISTANCE Becomes DUTY.----T.Jefferson)
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To: Kaslin

The premise of the article is almost laughable. It presupposes American voters have the capacity to grasp the complexities of economics.
The dems can only “own” this economy insofar as the public will hang it around their necks. With a corrupt media and a thoroughly dumbed-down electorate, getting to the “Dems-own-the-economy” point is nearly impossible. As of Nov. 6, voters were still...astonishingly...blaming Bush for the current economic malaise.


8 posted on 11/29/2012 3:51:45 AM PST by ScottinVA (I've never been more disgusted with American voters.)
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To: Kaslin
"They should spend from now until the end of the congressional calendar reading aloud from Thomas Sowell, Richard Epstein, John Lott and Milton Friedman and explaining why Obama's high tax, massive regulation agenda spells doom for the nation.

Then some Republicans can say: We think this is a bad idea, but Obama won the election and the media are poised to blame us for whatever happens next, so let's give his plan a whirl and see how the country likes it."


Let's hope Ann Coulter has some influence over policy makers. Her comments absolultely mirror what I said the day after the election.
9 posted on 11/29/2012 3:56:44 AM PST by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: Principled

I agree. Give him what he wants, sit back and watch him implode.


10 posted on 11/29/2012 3:58:30 AM PST by jersey117
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To: Kaslin
Make the Democrats Own the Obama Economy

it didn't work for his first 4 years...and he said plane as day,“If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”

Dopey Romney didn't use this (at least I never heard an ad that used this quote).

11 posted on 11/29/2012 4:02:36 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you)
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To: Vaquero

I am sure you meant plain, not plane as in airplane or a tool that is used to make wood surfaces smooth.


12 posted on 11/29/2012 4:08:57 AM PST by Kaslin ( One Big Ass Mistake America (Make that Two))
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To: Shane

I couldn`t agree more... it`s a very bitter pill to swallow, but the majority of voters said loudly, “we want socialism.”

And I don`t two sh*ts about any post election poll that says otherwise. That point Ben Franklin feared .. the act of voting for benefits over country... has been passed.

That`s not to say a smaller, truncated grouping of “red” states couldn`t carry freedom`s torch in the future... but America`s fate as a 50-state entity is sealed. Wish it weren`t so.


13 posted on 11/29/2012 4:09:51 AM PST by ScottinVA (I've never been more disgusted with American voters.)
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To: Vaquero

But, but, but Obama said ‘we tried our economy........and it worked’. And NOBODY disputed this on the national stage. Our country is indeed going into the crapper and the Republicans will be blamed. No matter what ever happens, Democrats take credit and Republicans take blame.


14 posted on 11/29/2012 4:10:00 AM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: ScottinVA

I believe we’ve reached a Demographic shift significant enough that it doesn’t really matter what happens, a large enough chunk of the population will continue to vote Democrat no matter what they do and no matter how bad things get. I repeatedly saw articles and people writing on this very forum how this was 1980 all over again. I said “It’s not 1980 anymore”. Some rebuked me calling me a “gloom and doomer”, etc. I was right.


15 posted on 11/29/2012 4:12:48 AM PST by MachIV
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To: Principled

If Pubs vote with the Rats to further destroy this economy, Rats can rightly say that Pubs voted for collapse, too.

Instead, Pubs in Congress should vote present, saying they cannot back fiscal insanity, but this is what Americans voted for, so they will get it, courtesy of the Rats.


16 posted on 11/29/2012 4:16:13 AM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: originalbuckeye

One problem is conservatives allow themselves to get beaten down with charges of racism whenever they challenge Obama. The race pimping should`ve been met with a loud rebuke and a challenge to prove it. Conservatives always fall silent.


17 posted on 11/29/2012 4:17:00 AM PST by ScottinVA (I've never been more disgusted with American voters.)
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To: Kaslin
After the last election, as that great social experiment called "The United States" sinks onto the ash heap of history, we need a new philosophy of life...or death, that is.

Normally, I agree with Ann on issues. With this column, I'd love a hit on what she's smoking. It has to be some pretty impressive stuff.

What has happened to make ANYONE think ANY Democrat will be blamed for ANYTHING no matter what the Republicans do or don't do?

The Democrats have been held harmless by the very people their policies have ruined and have been ruining for most of my life. Then we enact policies to make that ruination accepable to the ruined parties. Right now they are debating the expansion of those policies.

When the Democrats can strengthen their position despite their obvious plan to destroy every industry and institution that makes this country function and every characteristic that made this country great, I don't know what they can do to take possession of the disasters they have caused.

Maybe Ann has thrown her hands in the air and said, "Its over." She's certainly smart enough to realize they won't be blamed no matter what the Republicans do.

18 posted on 11/29/2012 4:17:19 AM PST by stevem
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To: MachIV

-— I was right. -—

You were right.


19 posted on 11/29/2012 4:17:44 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: MachIV

Ditto here, re the 1980 comparison. I caught the same “downer” accusations.

The populace was far better educated, more in tune with reality and far more patriotic in 1980 than it is now.


20 posted on 11/29/2012 4:23:26 AM PST by ScottinVA (I've never been more disgusted with American voters.)
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To: Kaslin
And when the economy tanks, the Non-Fox Media will blame Republicans.

If the Democrats could figure out a way to ban the Republican Party and exile all conservatives and everyone who ever even voted Republican (or better yet, to them, exterminate us as the vermin they believe we are), 500 years from now they'd still be blaming Republicans for everyone living in Brazilian shanty town conditions.

There, I said it. You all know it's true

The Non-Fox Media managed to persuade a majority of voters that the last four years of jobless misery was George W. Bush's fault, having nothing whatsoever to do with Obama.

As I said above. . .

Republicans have a PR problem, not an economic theory problem

Agreed, the problem the Republican Party is a failure of marketing.

21 posted on 11/29/2012 4:24:08 AM PST by Hardastarboard (Bringing children to America without immigration documents is child abuse. Let's end it.)
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To: Kaslin
Apart from Obamacare, it's difficult to think of a more effective method of destroying jobs than raising taxes on "the rich." This isn't a wealth tax on useless gigolos like John Kerry -- it's an income tax on people who are currently engaged in some profitable enterprise. Their business profits, which could have been used to hire more employees, will instead be used to pay the government.

Finally someone articulates what this is, in a way that explains why a tax increase on employers and investors will in the end harm precisely those its sponsors claim to want to "help".

However, as a small business owner (15 employees) I agree with Ann that the Republicans should educate, warn, and predict the increase in unemployment, and the increase in the prices of every product and service we buy, that will inevitably ensue as a result of the tax increase, but should attempt to negotiate in exchange a reduction in regulations. My company can withstand another 5% in income tax. Regulations and Obamacare are together costing me far more.

I just refinanced a commercial property to lower the mortgage payment, and was required to do a phase 2 environmental study-cost-$21,000. I've financed and refinanced properties for 30 years and had never been required to do more than a phase 1 environmental, which is far less expensive. Banks are, of course, getting their marching orders from the regulators now infested with leftists. This is how businesses that the Obama regime doesn't like will get targeted, mostly those businesses in industries that serve the poor.

Health care increase last year-14%. This year 23%.

Last year I had two more employees than I do now. Correlation? Sure. I say let the tax increases happen, and attempt to lower regulations on all business, not just small ones (suggestion-Dodd-Frank). The silver lining in this for me is that my customers are NOT getting tax increases, that is, those who manage to keep their jobs.

22 posted on 11/29/2012 4:25:06 AM PST by wayoverontheright
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To: Kaslin
I agree with this article.

We can't give Bush a fourth term or Andy Cuomo will be president for his fifth.

23 posted on 11/29/2012 4:27:30 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: ScottinVA

You’re right, we can’t expect misinformed voters to understand anything about economic issues, all they know is what people like Letterman, Leno, Maddow, Schultz, Matthews, MSNBC etc., tells them.

The coming economic catastrophe will be “owned” by republicans, no matter what.


24 posted on 11/29/2012 4:32:25 AM PST by Graybeard58 (What G.O.P.e. candidate is in store for us in 2016?)
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To: Mister Da
Instead, Pubs in Congress should vote present, saying they cannot back fiscal insanity, but this is what Americans voted for, so they will get it, courtesy of the Rats.

Bada ping! Exactamundo.

25 posted on 11/29/2012 4:41:20 AM PST by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: Kaslin
I say Let the Democrats have what they want.

Republicans should announce that they will NOT oppose a tax increase.

But they should name the bill something like "ObamaCURE - a bill to solve all the country's problems."

But when the vote comes up, every Republican should vote PRESENT.

As soon as the Democrats realize that the upcoming fiscal collapse will be blamed entirely on them, they will quickly change their votes and the thing will be defeated.

26 posted on 11/29/2012 4:41:25 AM PST by eCSMaster (2012 elections: American Coup d'etat!)
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To: eCSMaster

but wouldn’t that make them just as guilty, or like if they didn’t care?


27 posted on 11/29/2012 4:48:59 AM PST by Kaslin ( One Big Ass Mistake America (Make that Two))
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To: ScottinVA

Give the Democrats everything they want. They think higher taxes on the rich will improve the economy? Let’s prove them wrong by letting them raise taxes. I’ve been saying this for months.


28 posted on 11/29/2012 4:53:28 AM PST by Jaguarmike
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To: Kaslin
Spelling:

It is a damn poor mind indeed which can't
think of at least two ways to spell any word.

Andrew Jackson (democrat)

29 posted on 11/29/2012 5:00:42 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you)
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To: Kaslin

Fine idea in theory, but in reality, the Dems will “own” the economy only when it’s advantageous to do so.


30 posted on 11/29/2012 5:32:22 AM PST by NRA1995 (CNN should be PNN (Propaganda, Never News))
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To: Mister Da
Instead, Pubs in Congress should vote present, saying they cannot back fiscal insanity, but this is what Americans voted for, so they will get it, courtesy of the Rats.

I agree with your amendment. I hope they do this.

31 posted on 11/29/2012 6:54:44 AM PST by Principled
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To: Kaslin
but wouldn’t that make them just as guilty, or like if they didn’t care?

Absolutely right. Then, in 2 years, when they want to be re-elected, what happens? They run against people who correctly point out that the current representative went to DC, voted 'present' on the biggest legislation of our time, and didn't represent you. I see giving the dems everything they want as the only sure way to hand them back the House in 2 years.

32 posted on 11/29/2012 7:24:37 AM PST by LearnsFromMistakes (Yes, I am happy to see you. But that IS a gun in my pocket.)
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To: Jaguarmike

At the very least, higher taxes on the rich will mean less they can donate to leftist political causes.


33 posted on 11/29/2012 8:46:56 AM PST by Powers Not Delegated
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To: IslamE

If the Repub leadership keeps giving the impression that they represent millionaires, then they’ll be out of power for a long time (forcing the morality/values issues into the background). People with no work or money don’t vote on values (which is why a conservative Repub should have easily beaten Obama earlier this month, but we never had a chance to try it).


34 posted on 11/29/2012 8:48:48 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: IslamE

If the Repub leadership keeps giving the impression that they represent millionaires, then they’ll be out of power for a long time (forcing the morality/values issues into the background). People with no work or money don’t vote on values (which is why a conservative Repub should have easily beaten Obama earlier this month, but we never had a chance to try it).


35 posted on 11/29/2012 8:48:48 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Shane

“They have won, we have lost and in doing so, the Country that we have loved will become a quaint memory.”

If the Dems didn’t miss by so much in the House I’d agree with you. Let Americans have four more years of President Foodstamps and we’ll see how receptive they are to having an intelligent, literate president again.


36 posted on 11/29/2012 8:51:48 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: kearnyirish2

You make a valid point, I think you hit the nail on the head, I agree, that’s true, I just fear tax increases on the rich will be passed onto the middle class and the poor via consumption in a poor economy where things like food sizes have already been reduced due to inflation.


37 posted on 11/29/2012 9:42:13 AM PST by IslamE (epiphany)
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To: IslamE

I’m not even advocating raising the taxes on the rich; the Repubs just have to stop letting the media paint them as representing the 1%.

Nobody runs a business to lose money, or just break even; when you destroy the profit motive you destroy business (and the related jobs). That in a nutshell is the fatal economic flaw of communism (and to a lesser extent Western European-style socialism); there is no incentive to excel.


38 posted on 11/29/2012 9:55:23 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: eCSMaster

I like that.

When the vote comes up every Republican should vote PRESENT.

That was the usual vote of Obama when he was in the Senate.


39 posted on 12/02/2012 4:48:13 AM PST by YepYep (We've just GOT to love Jesus enough to LISTEN to Him, and Do what He Says)
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