The morons running the GOP don’t know jack about actual political power.
There’s a way to out-fox Obama even now. Agree to tax increases... and then tax the hell out of Obama’s constituency groups.
The Republicans can give Obama exactly what he claims he wants - and then structure the details so that it hits universities, hedge funds, Wall Streeters, insurance companies, and even St. Warren Buffett directly. They’ll howl like stuck pigs, but the GOP could come back and say “Well, Mr. Buffett was complaining that his taxes were too low, so we raised them... just like he asked!”
But no. The GOP adheres to their stupid “pledge” and hard-line position to play to some idiot lobby like Norquist and his merry band of know-nothings.
Then it sounds like you agree with coburn in that you are OK with increasing taxes. Doesn’t matter. The dems have the votes to push through most of what they want.
“The morons running the GOP dont know jack about actual political power.”
The Constitution gives the House control over appropriations. Also tax bills must originate in the House. All the Republicans need to do is pass a balanced budget with the taxes to fund it. Then go home. The ball will then belong to Harry Reid and Obama. They can pass the budget and send out the welfare checks. Or they can not pass and not sign the budget, the government will shut down for lack of money, and their constituents will not receive their checks. The press, the Dems, and the masses may blame the Republicans for 2 or 3 weeks but by week 4 they’ll be demanding the Senate pass and Obama sign whatever they can get. This the power play if Boehner and his majority have the guts to execute. We are two years away from the next Congressional election which is a lifetime in politics. Why not actually do something worth getting blamed for by actually starving the welfare state and putting the government on a fiscally sound footing?
Obama, Reid and Pelosi are playing hardball in a game where the Republican House has the ultimate power if they’ll just use it. Instead, the Republicans are afraid to take a little heat from the press so they will cave.
How long will conservatives continue supporting a party that hates them and will never stand up for their interests?