Obama & Democrats:
Counting On Ignorance
To Win The Day?Is this all that's left? Trying to pretend the Republicans are the ones that are de-railing what was to be the awesome 1st term of the Greatest President Of Our Time?
"Dear God: Please do not let the American people figure out
what we are really doing up here in Washington. Amen."
This is what Senate Leader Harry Reid had to say yesterday after the Senate voted down Obama's Big Idea of his 2012 re-election campaign for reforming the tax code, reducing the deficit, and spurring economic growth:
Washington, D.C.—Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement after Senate Republicans blocked the Paying a Fair Share Act, which would have required taxpayers earning over $1 million a year to pay a 30 percent tax rate.
“Today Senate Republicans again put millionaires ahead of the middle class. Currently, most hedge fund managers pay a lower tax rate than many of their middle-class employees – but while the incomes for the wealthy have ballooned in recent years, middle-class wages haven’t kept pace with the price of a college education or a secure retirement. The measure that Republicans blocked today would have restored fairness to our tax code and reduced the deficit without asking middle class families or seniors to sacrifice any more than they already have.
“Unfortunately, my Republican colleagues would rather end Medicare as we know it than build a stronger middle class or ask millionaires to contribute an extra penny. Democrats will not stop fighting to restore fairness to our tax code, and I hope that in the future, my Republican colleagues will think of the teacher and the mechanic before the wealthiest Americans.”
It isn't just Harry Reid trying to obscure the truth here. Look at how the Huffington Post described what happened yesterday in it's opening paragraph:
WASHINGTON -- Democrats' attempt to pass a Buffett Rule tax on the super wealthy failed Monday in the Senate, as Republicans blocked the measure in a sharply partisan debate.
Democrats cast it as a bid for fairness that would end the circumstance in which billionaires like Warren Buffett pay a lower percentage of their income in taxes than their secretaries.
Republicans cast it as a political gimmick and an attempt by President Barack Obama to give more Americans a "free ride."
It was blocked 51-45 in a filibuster vote. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas were the only politicians to cross party lines.
Let's remember how deeply unpopular Obama's agenda for America has been. His signature 'accomplishment', the Health Care Reform Act, was only passed after almost 9 months of bribery and arm-twisting directed at MEMBERS OF HIS OWN PARTY in a desperate attempt to get many of them to vote for it even though it was essentially a vote to give up their seats in Congress.
This was when Democrats held what is known as a Super-Majority, which means not only did they have total and complete control of both houses of the Congress, they had such an overwhelming majority in both houses that they didn't need a single Republican vote to pass ANYTHING.
Nobody read it. Nobody understands what it will do.
That was the point of passing it, by the way.
And yet how extreme was the ObamaCare bill, with it's 2,700+ pages? It was so extreme dozens of members of the President's own party had to bribed, cajoled and threatened into voting for it. Over 60 members of the House of Representatives alone were forced to give up their seats in the 2010 mid-terms chiefly because of their vote on this issue.
Now here we are two years later, with the country staggering under a growing $16 trillion debt with no end in sight, and Obama proffers this totally frivolous Buffett rule and tries to sell it as a deficit reduction bill. When that didn't work, he tried selling it as an economic growth bill that would help create jobs. Let's remember again, exactly how much 'deficit reduction', 'economic growth' and 'job creation' we'd have gotten from this turkey of a bill:
Any member of Congress, Democrat or Republican, that looked at this Buffett Rule and saw the actual effects it would have on the financial crisis facing America would struggle to vote for this damn thing. It is purely cosmetic. It does absolutely nothing to address the real problems the President and the Congress are supposed to be dealing with. As I said in an earlier post, this is nothing but #fiddlingwhileRomeburns
"Let's hope they don't figure out the $3.2 billion extra revenue my Buffett Rule
would raise every year is less than the Federal Government spends in 18 hours.
Oh they did? Well..............drat!
You know why the Buffett Rule failed? Because there are enough members in the Senate who take their job seriously, that's why.
Obama and the Democrats want to run their campaign this year on the idea that they have all this awesome stuff that will address the country's real and pressing problems, but they can't get anywhere in implementing their awesome stuff because those GODDAMN REPUBLICANS keep voting it down. They had this awesome Buffett Rule all ready to roll out to help fix the financial difficulties, but it seems those evil nasty rotten Republicans just want the country to collapse or something.
"That's right. I have more balls than the entire
Democratic Party and the President."
Obama & The Dems are perfectly willing to go after Sen. Paul Ryan who has the balls to publicly put out a plan for dealing with our financial crisis, while they not only won't go public with any plan of their own, they haven't put out a serious budget in 3 years and Reid has even arrogantly informed the nation he has absolutely no intention of bringing a budget to a vote this year.
Obama is going to spend the next 6 months running on the falsehood that he had a brilliant Buffett rule that would have dealt with the financial problems facing our country, but we all know who sabotaged it.
"I'm gonna spend 6 months running on Republicans blocking
my awesome Buffett Rule! You'll NEVER figure it out!"
This is where we're at. We've got a total non-leader in the White House who doesn't want to take actual steps to deal with the very real existential crisis hanging over our nation like a Damocles Sword and instead prefers to put forth some travesty of a bill like this, which he knows won't do a damn thing to address the crisis even if it passes. So he either intended to run for 6 months claiming "I checked the box on the debt/deficit/financial crisis" or "I tried to deal with the problem but the Republicans wouldn't let me."
Now that the votes been taken, we know which version Obama will roll out for the next 6 months. And every single time he does so, remember one thing: this guy would rather play political games and try to fool people instead of being a leader and actually dealing with the crisis.
Anybody who would give him 4 more years after understanding this either wants to see America go under or doesn't care much if it does.