Barack Obama has cited his current tax bill as an example that Democrats and Republicans can work together.
Of course they can. This type of deal making was always available. The current tax proposal is capitulation being packaged as compromise. Republicans are always delighted to see capitulation.
Only a Barack Obama would have the gall to stand before America and proclaim that outright surrender constitutes a grand triumph of the American political system.
Take your bow, Mr. Obama. The top 1 percent of Americans possess better than 90 percent of the nation's assets. More Americans are working longer hours for less pay. When was the last time that the minimum wage was increased?
So you sell out on what you had presented as a stark litmus test during your 2008 run for the presidency. You said then that you would never sell out the interest of Americans on such dangerous policy making as the Bush tax cuts and the harm they visited upon America, beginning with sharply increasing the nation's debt.
Now you tell us that this was a necessary compromise, expressing pique at progressives who dared to oppose you. What is your ultimate selling point? Don't worry because in the 2012 election I will oppose extension of such tax cuts.
Are we supposed to believe you considering your track record in office compared to those lofty promises you made to voters in 2008? By the time that the 2012 election rolls around the Bush cuts will have been in place twelve years. In a presidential election year you will wage that fight that you refused to wage two years earlier after flip flopping from your stand as a senator from Illinois and later as a presidential aspirant.
So what did you base this year's necessity upon? The Republicans gave up millions in the form of an extension of some unemployment compensation recipients. You gave up $700 billion by the estimate of respected economists on the grand giveaway to those Americans whose economic positions have substantially increased at the expense of those who have been substantially reduced.
John Boehner, the nation's next speaker of the house, conceded long ago that if the Republicans were faced with a legislative prospect of suffering unemployed Americans being faced to go without assistance that Republicans would not allow this to happen. He understands the political danger such a risk would comprise.