The Super Committee has failed. The Democrats one and only goal here is to make Republicans go for a tax increase.
And they plan to use this “compromise” to win in 2012.
So what do you do when the answer to the question “Are you better off now than you were four years ago” is a decisive No! It is
impossible hard to win reelection with unemployment at record levels, debt and deficits as far as the eye can see and America’s image in the world at an all time low.
What can Democrats possible do to hold onto power that, by all measures, they do not deserve to have?
Four years ago, Candidate Barack Obama had no record to run on and a press unwilling to criticize the man they saw as the Democrat’s answer to Ronald Wilson Reagan (with a side of Jesus Christ).
Now, Obama has a record and even Chris Matthews is having a hard time pretending that this president even deserves another term.
Matthews is echoing the feelings of the Democrats base:
So, what can the Democrats do at this point? Obviously, Obama’s record is better suited to running from than on. So, naturally, divide and conquer is one option. Class warfare. The Virginia elections in 2009 saw Republicans gains in historic numbers and were an early predictor of the 2010 National elections, the 2011 Virginia results could be seen as predicting a dismal 2012 for Democrats. The anti-Democrat wave has neither subsided nor diminished.
History may hold a solution and the Democrats are, obviously, desperate to try anything. And Republicans must heed the lesson to avoid the same consequence.
The Democrats want to create another George H. W. Bush to run against. Never mind that H.W. is not the candidate. Neither was the son, and that worked out pretty well for the Democrats.
In one of the most memorable (and unfortunate) sound bites in the archives of history, George H.W. Bush uttered the words “Read my lips. No new taxes!” during his successful 1988 bid to ride the Ronald Reagan wave into office.
For the next few years, the Democratic controlled Congress fought with Bush the Elder again and again and finally convinced him that a “balanced approach” to attacking the national debt must include new taxes. His ability to govern was thwarted at every turn because of his insistence that he stick to his promise not to raise taxes.
Finally, unable to fight the barrage of negative press from the liberal media, Bush agreed to compromise and increase taxes.
So what was his reward for going along with the Democrats in the spirit of bipartisanship and compromise?
Did we see a new era of camaraderie and cooperation between Democrats and Republicans?
The Democrats pounced on Republicans like a chicken on a June bug!
Then candidate Bill Clinton, aided by a willing media, forgot about the spirit of compromise. The ignored the magnanimous gesture of a President willing to backtrack on one of the cornerstone promises of his campaign and acceptance speech for the good of the country. Bush put the country ahead of partisan politics.
The expected good will between parties never materialized. Bush had been successfully ambushed by Democrats. The demand for tax increases by the Democrats was a ruse. A political maneuver designed, not to reduce the national debt, because the Democrats are not concerned with such nonsense, but to gain political advantage.
And it worked.
Republicans today need to take that lesson to heart. This “balanced approach” the Democrats are demanding is simply an attempt to create another “Read my lips” moment.
Each and every Republican Presidential Candidate has promised to hold the line on taxes. And while there are only two candidates actively engaged in legislating, Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul, should the Republicans raise taxes, Obama is prepared to spend a billion dollars, which will pale in comparison to the Union and Special Interest ads sure to join in, on commercials and ad campaigns to make all Republicans, House, Senate and the eventual Presidential Nominee, another George H.W. Bush.
And for the Republicans who break the tax pledge, the Democrats are counting on the TEA Party to assist them in their quest to hold onto power.
And if you doubt that the left is not giddy over the TEA Party turning on one of it’s own, you only need to look at the Huffington Post’s glee over the dust-up Congressman Allen West, a TEA Party darling, received after voting with House Speaker John Boehner to raise the debt ceiling:
Tea Party leaders announced Thursday that they will mount primary challenges against four freshmen Republicans who have declared their support for John Boehner’s debt ceiling plan.
According to The Hill, the Tea Party groups are calling the four congressmen — Allen West (Fla.), James Lankford (Okla.), Mike Kelly (Pa.), and Bill Flores (Texas) — “Tea Party defectors.”
West addressed the accusations on Laura Ingraham’s radio show, saying he would continue to support Boehner’s plan.
“I think what we have to ask ourselves is, If you’re telling me that I need to vote no against the Boehner plan, then what am I voting for?” West said.
“I’m going to stand with this Boehner plan and, once again, if the folks who one minute they’re saying that I’m their ‘Tea Party hero’ and what, three or four days later ‘I’m a Tea Party defector’ — that kind of schizophrenia I’m not going to get involved in.”
This is a scenario that has Team Obama drooling.
And they are setting the stage for exactly this scenario for 2012.
Think about it! The Democrats only call for a “balanced approach” when they have some nefarious plan in mind. Otherwise, it is their way or the highway. All or nothing.
Consider the Democrat’s position on a balanced approach to Union Labor. Or Global Warming. Or oil, coal, nuclear.
Democrats seek no balance on the EPA, health care, business regulations or social issues.
They simply don’t want or care about compromise or bipartisanship, except as a weapon, or a tool to incrementally impose draconian new rules and expand government power.
So why do they want a “balanced approach” to the debt?
Simple, the Republicans fell for it before, they will fall for it again.
“Read my lips!”