Republicans Will Be Outmaneuvered on Taxes

Posted on Nov 26 2012 - 10:26pm by Harrison

It’s called “divide and conquer” or “united we stand, divided we fall.”  Whether we’re speaking about military tactics or U.S. Colonial sayings… the concept is the same: peel off members of the herd either through distraction or in-fighting and, once the numbers are scattered… attack (and win).

That’s pretty much what’s going on in Washington, D.C. about now.  Obama and the Democrats – flush from their November victory – will raise taxes.  They need to do this for a few reasons, two of which are to increase Government “income” so as to raise social programs and to rub it in the face of Republicans that they are now powerless in the hopes of further dividing them.

It’s working:

One of the more amazing post-election spectacles is the media celebration of Republicans who say they’re willing to repudiate their pledge against raising taxes. So the same folks who like to denounce politicians because they can’t be trusted are now praising politicians who openly admit they can’t be trusted.

So Democrats are meeting some success at dividing Republicans in Congress.  They also have to divide Republican officials from their non-elected allies such as Grover Norquist who runs Americans for Tax Reform.  Chances are if you hear or read about some politician taking a “no new taxes pledge” it is he who came up with it.

Democrats view Mr. Noquist as a hurdle to them raising taxes so they need to attack and isolate him in the hopes of reducing his influence:

The spectacle is part of what is becoming a tripartisan—Democrats, media, some Republicans—attempt to stigmatize Grover Norquist as the source of all Beltway fiscal woes and gridlock.

Grover’s—everyone calls him Grover—apparent crime against Washington is that he now actually wants to hold politicians to what they willingly signed. If enough Republicans will disavow their tax pledge, then the capital crowd can go about agreeing to a grand fiscal bargain that raises taxes, pretends to cut spending and avoids the January 1 fiscal crack-up that the politicians have set us up for. Voters are supposed to believe that only Grover stands in the way of this happy ever-after.

When Bill Clinton was president it was called “triangulation.”  Basically, Bill would steal and idea from the opposition and claim it as his own while throwing in a few things he cooked up and thus drain support away from Republicans.  It worked great – for him – but left his party badly divided and damaged – especially when he did things like signed NAFTA into law and “end welfare as we know it.”

Republicans allowed themselves to be played back then – Newt Gingrich playing Federal Government shutdown chicken with Clinton (and losing).  And Republicans are making another mistake by agreeing to sign pledges then trying to back away from them and by failing to cast Obamanomics as the reason for the years of our discontent.

To add insult to injury, President Obama has taken the lead in the public relations war by saying the intransigence of the Republicans is going to spoil Christmas:

President Obama returned to campaign mode on Monday – casting Republicans as against the middle class by saying their failure to accept his offer for a limited extension of tax breaks will essentially ruin Christmas for consumers and retailers.

Obama laid out his case in an open letter that starts by underscoring its timing — coming on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, Cyber Monday, in which consumers take advantage of online bargains.

So if Republicans agree to raise taxes on $250,000.00+ earners they’ll look like fools and their base will be upset.  If they don’t and Christmas sales are not at record highs (they won’t be) then Obama will blame them for the failure.

Either way, Republicans have painted themselves into a corner.

Maybe that’s why they lost the election?

9 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. LD Jackson November 27, 2012 at 12:31 AM -

    I am beginning to believe the Republican Party is hopeless. Not only are some of them backing off their no new tax pledge, they are also making statements about the government having a revenue problem. I couldn’t believe Lindsey Graham would come out and say that. He might as well have told the Democrats his party will give in for whatever tax increase they want.
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    • Harrison November 27, 2012 at 12:25 PM -

      They are getting played more than a nickel slot machine.

  2. Steve Dennis November 27, 2012 at 2:22 AM -

    It is exactly why the lost the election, Barack Obama has made them look like fools for the last two years.They are now in a no win situation and they will lose this fight and they have nobody to blame but themselves.
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    • Harrison November 27, 2012 at 12:26 PM -

      No strategy, no clue, no future thus far…

  3. KP November 27, 2012 at 7:14 AM -

    Obama plays the Repubs like a fiddle. It’s like an adult manuevering children toward an end and letting the kids believe it was their idea.

    This is where I am at this time: let the deadline pass. Let the President have this mess in his lap. Once he is busy cleaning the egg off his face and Dems begin to understand that a 42 trillion dollar unfunded Medicare program is not going to fly, then Repubs return to the table.

    I am willing to hurt next year; to pay more taxes, to make less money, to help America balance a budget. I am willing to do that so that the next 25 years hold more promise for me (if I live that long) and for my kids and their kids.

    • Harrison November 27, 2012 at 12:27 PM -

      What gets me is Obama is as unwilling to compromise as the Republicans are however it is they, not he, who looks like the obstructionist and people seem too glassy eyed to see things for what they are.

      • KP November 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM -

        Many people are too glassy eyed to care. However, think back to 2008 when Dems were saying Repubs were dead. The country snapped back in 2010 and the Repubs were as strong as they have been in some time. I predict they will do it again in 2014. There are a large swath of people who are not fixed left or right. If Repubs office holders and candidates can quit embarrassing themselves over social issues the party will be fine. Look for the Governors to shake things up!

      • KP November 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM -

        Did you read this?

        “Karen Hughes, Former Bush Adviser: If Another Republican Man Talks Rape, I’ll ‘Cut Out His Tongue’

        That is how I feel about that subject — as well as the left’s exaggerated claims of racism. Both serve to make matters worse and are manufactured emotional political footballs.

  4. edge of the sandbox November 29, 2012 at 9:03 PM -

    Rush was saying today that they should just walk away from the deal, any deal. They will get the blame no matter what, and they have no political capital.
    Many tax write offs have to go, including mortgage. All it’s doing is raising the prices of real estate. Taxes on the middle class and the poor should go up because everyone has to chip in. Let Democrats do it. Of course, they are going to do lots of other stupid crap, so be it.
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