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It's Time To Turn the Tables on this Presidential Bully

By David Limbaugh · Dec. 7, 2012

Something is very wrong in the world when the most dogmatic and inflexible president in recent memory can make unreasonable demands of his GOP budget opponents and yet be confident they'll be blamed for the impasse.

It is past time Barack Obama be held accountable for his intentionally irresponsible fiscal policies that are guaranteed to take us into national bankruptcy. It is outrageous enough that he is steering us into insolvency, but it is unbearable that he's fraudulently blaming the Republican Party for it to boot.

This is not a close call, and reasonable people, if they understood the facts, would not support Obama. The problem is that so many people who trust him, inexplicably, look no further than his disingenuous statements and the liberal media's slanted reporting, and the Republican Party leadership simply cannot seem to get its message across. It would help if they evidenced more faith in the wisdom of their own approach.

This isn't complicated. Our financial problems are overwhelmingly a result of excess spending, not of insufficient tax revenues. Increasing rates or decreasing deductions won't make a speck of difference, and Obama knows it.

Our $16 trillion national debt and our $100 trillion of unfunded liabilities are going to destroy this nation in relatively short order if we don't take drastic remedial action.

Yet Obama's plan is to increase taxes on the highest 2 percent of income earners while refusing to make significant reductions in discretionary spending or to restructure entitlements. His life's ambition is to fundamentally transform the nation, which depends on keeping the federal spigot spewing and punishing the “wealthy.”

You could say it is crazy talk to suggest Obama doesn't want to bring our fiscal house in order, but I say, based on the evidence, it's much crazier to pretend he has any intention of balancing the budget.

To keep his shell game going, he has to divert the people's attention from the real culprit, spending, and toward blaming and demonizing the rich, and the red herrings of “balanced approach,” “loopholes” and “revenues.”

Obama is the one who won't agree to a “balanced” approach; he's ignoring spending and entitlements. When he calls tax increases “revenues,” he is implying that increasing rates and eliminating deductions for a small fraction of income earners is going to appreciably raise revenues and help solve our problem. It won't. When he refers to legitimate tax deductions as “loopholes,” he is further defrauding the public into believing that these high-income earners are somehow cheating by availing themselves of deductions the law reasonably allows.

Speaker John Boehner must quit adopting that same misleading terminology and conceding, in effect, that the “wealthy” are undertaxed. He is not doing himself or the nation any good by playing into Obama's hands and allowing him to control the language and the narrative.

Boehner needs to turn the tables on Obama and go into attack mode himself. There is no other way to deal with this destructive bully. Boehner must sprint to the national microphone and tell the American people that Obama is being unreasonable, reckless and uncompromising.

Obama is the one who won't address the only problem that matters: spending. He won't budge from his intolerable demands that Republicans raise rates on the “wealthy” in exchange for his vague promise of implementing spending “cuts” in the future, his insistence on spending more money on new programs today, his steadfast refusal to put entitlement reform on the table, and his demand that he be given unilateral authority to raise the budget ceiling at his whim.

Boehner must point out that Republicans have gone out of their way to compromise – way too far out of their way – by agreeing to eliminate deductions for the highest income earners to the tune of $800 billion, a figure Obama himself demanded not long ago. He should say he agreed to that not because he believes they're paying too little (they are indeed already paying more than their fair share) or that it will increase revenues, but in a good faith effort to secure an agreement from Obama to greatly reduce spending and restructure entitlement programs.

The GOP majority did not get re-elected to roll over to Obama's disastrous policies. They have a moral, legal and constitutional duty to resist Obama's path of destruction with every fiber of their beings. At some point, their desire not to look mean must yield to their duty to inform the American people of the gravity of our situation and how reckless Obama is being.

Face it: Unless Republicans accede to all of Obama's unreasonable demands and thus to the accelerated destruction of the country, there will be an impasse, because Obama will not yield, and Republicans will be blamed for it.

The only conceivable way Republicans can avoid this fate is if they quit playing his sinister game of negotiation chicken, call him out in plain terms on what he's doing, and show he has never been and is not now serious about averting a national financial meltdown.

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14 Comments

M Rick Timms MD in Georgia said:

Where is the outrage!!! This A-hole is going off to Hawaii knowing that the media will carry his water and that Harry and Nancy will lie and twit away at the podium blaming greedy Republicans. Obama is not a nice guy!

If all the Republicans are willing to do is complain and whimper - then get the hell out of the way and make room for some conservatives with enough marbles to light up the place and explain exactly what tax increases will do and that Obama will not even consider a spending cut.

I want to see some real anger and intensity. The nice guy approach will not work. These leftists democrats are liars and they are destroying the country. The so called "low information" crowd is just stupid. We must save the country in spite of them.

Harry Reid's Senate has not produced a Budget in three years!!!
The last time they came close was when they jammed Obamacare down our throats by calling it a budget reconciliation process -- BullSh*T .

With no budget they can claim they did not cut back on any of the free stuff for the dirt bags that are killing this country. Continuing resolutions and increases in debt ceiling with no accountabilty from the "Low information" crowd.

I know there are plenty of people - right here on this page - that can go there and make the case for the truth.

You can avoid reality - but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. -- Ayn Rand Obama simply does not care.

Friday, December 7, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

The House must stand firm: cease and desist ALL Gov SPENDING!!There will always be Chuck Schumers and Barbara Mikulskis around, until God wakes up the blind Socialist sheep to REALITY. Exorcise the delusions from smelly rat democrats. 18 days until the birth of Messiah-the Christ~!!LOL DL.

Friday, December 7, 2012 at 6:07 AM

shoot in Michigan City In. said:

Dump Boehner the bone head get someone from the Conservative side and lets dump obammy on his rear, Just say no!

Friday, December 7, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Chuck in TX said:

They will never cut spending so I say embrace the cliff, step on the gas, and light the car on fire to produce a more impressive crash scene sooner. He will spend anyway so lets raise all forms of taxes so everyone can feel the pain now that currently will only be felt by our children and grandchildren when there is no more road left to kick the can down. Time is against us so give them everything they want and lets see where we are for the mid-term.

Friday, December 7, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Alex Torello in New Haven, CT said:

What would a "tax revolt" look like?

Friday, December 7, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Attila in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico said:

How about giving Obama a bait and switch for a change?

In ju jitsu they teach you to use your opponents' strength and movement to defeat them. So, the Republican House should send up a bill keeping tax rates as they are except with higher rates on the 2% just as our Dear Leader demands, BUT with immediate across the board 10% cuts in spending, freeze for four years, and on current, NOT phony projected budgets. This puts the Democrats in an untenable position, they cannot oppose "higher taxes on the rich" that they have peddled ad nauseum. But, lets face it, the reality is that the rich actually support Democrats because they are easily bought. Two shots in one; playing both ends against the middle will be exposed.

What would be the Democrats’ choices? Over the cliff, no, they would surely be blamed then. Counter offer, what? Reduced spending cuts? It will be a lot less favorable to stonewall on that side since the great majority of the electorate think it is way overdue, just as they think it is way overdue for the Republicans to show some leadership instead of surrender.

Positive political points for Republicans

-Actually can take credit for finally doing something about the runaway federal monster

-The 10% reduction in federal spending will leave more in the private sector that will create real jobs creating real value. What is saved from one less federal worker will pay for two equivalent private sector workers. Further, it will slow the current strangulation by regulation.

-The resulting economic boom will be a perfect time for the Republicans to say I told you so; now lets have a general tax cut for all and more spending cuts, too. That sounds like great campaign issues.

Positive political points for Democrats

-They got a piddling tax increase for the rich, who have plenty of ways to avoid it, and it turns out to be only temporary anyway.

-That’s about it

Friday, December 7, 2012 at 10:42 AM

READY4ACHANGE in ILLINOIS replied:

Sounds good in theory Attila, but with this imposter and his MSM, somehow it would wind up being the fault of the Republicans.

Friday, December 7, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Tapdaddy in Indiana said:

"At some point, their desire not to look mean must yield to their duty to inform the American people of the gravity of our situation and how reckless Obama is being."
Taking an oath to protect and defend the Constitution from enemies both foreign and domestic does not have an addendum attached to it that says, unless your feelings are hurt.

Friday, December 7, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

All of these comments contain salient points. Your column is spot-on. I notice that loquacious Greg of Yakima even kept his mouth shut.

Speaker, SPEAK UP. Do not let the helots win this one.

Friday, December 7, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Trudy in alabama said:

I've been saying get rid of Boehner for years now. What is it that Congress cannot understand? They control the purse, cut him off already! That's what you do with a spoiled child throwing a tantrum. You can't reason with unreasonable people. don't even try, just be an adult and cut his credit card up. But, no, the gop will give him a card without a limit and then sigh and wonder what went wrong. Talk about useful idiot!

Friday, December 7, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Robinius in Broomfield, Colorado said:

I agree with you, basically, but the "national microphone" you want Boehner to grab is in Obama's hip pocket. How do Republicans get the message to the people when 90% of the media are in bed with Obama? The House GOP needs to vote to continue the Bush tax rate cuts for all of the people of this country and let Obama veto it. It then becomes Obama's tax rate increase on all Americans.

Friday, December 7, 2012 at 8:37 PM

p3orion in Midland, Georgia said:

$800 billion, $2 trillion... whatever. No matter which end of this negotiation we end up on, they're still talking about "cuts" from a ten-year projection of $30-$40 trillion! With unfunded liabilities nearing $90 trillion already, neither side's plan will do anything substantial to avert the complete economic collapse of our nation, but only tinker with the timing.

Monday, December 10, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Forrest Meeks in Highland said:

Why is it that the American people can't see what is going on before their eyes. Is it 'their entitlements" is it "bail me out Mr President" "I voted for you!' There is a real consensus in the air of sorts. It is a "finally had enough" or just roll over and play dead, it will go away! Fellow Americans it is "not" just going to "go away!" Where is the pride of being an "American gone to?" There isn't something within us that tells us to just roll over and take it, is there?? No I say no, not any more!! Stand up for the right!! Take attitude of "stand your own ground" against what is happening to us as a Country. Why is it that a hand full of people playing "Donkey Kong" in Washington telling.the other 300 million of us what they are doing with the monies funded to cover the needs of America. Do we need to continue to fund our enemies?? Seems so!! When are we going to "get smart" and take a stand again such intolerance??? We seem to be loosing the grip on truth because we are tolerating what is going on around us. We live in a God given land of 'freedom" here in America and it seems we are letting a few decide how, what and why everyday...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 12:10 AM

MAJ USA Ret in Saint Louis said:

Causes of the mess we're in:

1) Lies and damned liars who lie

2) Ignorance and those who are proud of their ignorance.

3) Entitlements and those dependents in the chute to the slaughter.

4) Entertainment (including "entertainment news") and the mush brains that validate the statistic the average citizen watches EIGHT HOURS OF TELEVISION EVERY DAY!

The media, academic, political and celebrity elites lie to people who care more for vicarious thrills, fantasy adventures, proxy heroes and sex goddesses than risking experiencing these first hand. It's cheap, someone else takes the risk, it's easy, it's immediate and when it doesn't fully satisfy (it never will) we can change the channel or demand more entitlements. And the elites will keep lying and telling us how well off we are.

Of course, it costs freedom, independence, creativity and ultimately their entire life. But that's the cost of selling your soul for a few cheap and easy thrills. It's the Peter Pan syndrome, never grow up, let someone else do the hard work, just keep feeding lies and vicarious thrills.

What a waste.

One cure is a very lethal, long lasting, threat to our vey lives to refocus our national values of Truth and liberty above all!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 4:04 PM