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The Right's Unwitting Obama Apologists

By David Limbaugh · Jan. 4, 2013

I hate to break it to those deniers who believe that President Obama's tax-guzzling capacity has somehow been diminished by the fiscal cliff provision to fix “permanent” tax rates. You're dreaming.

Several smart columnists and respected conservative editorial pieces tell us that a major silver lining in the crisis deal just concluded is that by agreeing not to reinstitute the Clinton tax rates (and leave the Bush rates in place) for all but the “wealthy” (income of $400,000 for single filers and $450,000 for marrieds), Obama and the Democrats made a major concession. They argue that if Democrats couldn't do better after Obama was just re-elected and when the debt is so high, they'll never be able to. They'll have to realize that they will never be able to sustain their desired welfare state through raising taxes alone and have to come to the table on serious spending cuts and entitlement reform.

This assumes that Obama and the Democrats have any real interest in reducing spending or curbing entitlements. They have shown no interest in doing so, despite the crushing debt problem threatening the nation's solvency.

Obama doesn't base his spending plans on projected revenues, except on a micro level when the law requires him to present bills with revenue-neutral scoring, at which point he manipulates the numbers to make it work out. He spends as much as he can get away with because spending (and taxing) are his tools to fundamentally transform America and to right the myriad economic and social injustices he perceives. I am convinced that the enormity of our deficits and debt never cost him a minute's sleep.

The silver lining proponents also assume Obama has now exhausted his avenues for extracting more taxes. I frankly don't have any idea how anyone could assume that. After all, during the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney capitulated to Obama's class warfare theme that the rich weren't paying their fair share and promised to eliminate deductions and “loopholes” to remedy this. Then House Speaker John Boehner, in one of his early fiscal cliff offers, surrendered on the very same point.

Is it any wonder today's Republicans have so much trouble with voters? Here we have a class A demagogue running up our deficits and debt to nation-bankrupting levels through runaway spending and obstructing entitlement reform, and Republicans allow him to establish the counterfactual narrative that we have a revenue problem – caused by the rich, no less. Even if it were a revenue problem, we couldn't solve it by punishing the rich. Increasing taxes on everyone wouldn't put a serious dent in our deficits and debt.

Only entitlement reform and major discretionary spending cuts would do that – coupled with policies designed to generate economic growth, which, by the way, do not include tax hikes on the wealthy and major job producers. But how can we possibly win arguments when we don't even articulate them?

So here we have Obama for his entire first term obstructing entitlement and spending reform and railing about the alleged unfairness of the tax code, which has nothing to do with the debt. During the fiscal cliff negotiations, this distorted dialogue continued unabated, with the main things being discussed having nothing to do with the problems we're facing. It's no surprise, then, that the budget deal finally reached will not only not improve our debt picture but exacerbate it.

But that's all fine, we are told. Round two is coming up in two months, in which Obama will take “revenues” off the table and really focus on spending cuts and entitlement reform. Really?

I don't know what is more disheartening, Obama's obvious determination to take this nation into socialism and bankruptcy or the deniers on our side of the aisle who insist on pretending we're dealing with a man who eventually will be reasonable and work in good faith on balancing the budget.

Be offended if you choose, but Obama is either trying to bankrupt the country or so addicted to spending and determined to fundamentally transform the nation that he refuses to be bothered about the reckless spending he is causing. We remain blind to this at the nation's peril.

I hate to say I told you so, but after the budget deal, Obama wasn't humbled; he was emboldened. He was ungracious toward Republicans, chastising them and promising there would be more revenue increases coming and absolutely no negotiation over the debt ceiling. Now reports have emerged that, indeed, the deal has emboldened Obama to demand more revenues.

If Obama cared about this nation's solvency and prosperity, he wouldn't have to be enticed through budget bargaining to agree to spending cuts and entitlement reform. He would be initiating dramatic reforms himself. He isn't, and he won't. Peace in our time.

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11 Comments

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

Now Republicans can say," the DEBT CEILING REMAINS FIRM!" Only spending cuts, and Constitutional Sized government, from now on! Spending is only via House of Representatives-Who, by the way, represent legal citizens, like US(A). Work on reducing BIG GOV to confiscating only 15% of GDP!!! BIG GOV employees, get out your RESUMES!!

Friday, January 4, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

The Republicans of today are the Neville Chamberlain of the 1930's. He gave Hitler everything he wanted, declared it was peace in our time, and then Hitler started WWII. Odumbo is nothing more than an arrogant, Marxist-Socialist, intent on either turning us into another Europe or a third world cesspool. Either one would be disasterous. You would think by now the Repubs would know that the Demorats can't be trusted.

Friday, January 4, 2013 at 6:51 AM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY replied:

Good analogy....

Friday, January 4, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY replied:

Addendum to previous reply:
Sadly the GOP, are pretty much the opposite side of the same coin. Their refusal to call a spade a spade is due to a lack of "cajones" on their part. It is a shame when you're more interested in your image, than you are in your constituents. Only Reagan, called them out on their true colors. Ronnie, we miss ya! And even he, when he gave into their demands for increased taxes, took their pledge to cut spending, which of course they never did. However on the plus side of that, it did give him a free hand increase spending on the military in such projects as the Anti-missile defense projects. Still all in all, these people lie, and continue to lie to advance their Marxist agenda.

Friday, January 4, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Alex in NJ replied:

Reagan also broke the back of the flight controllers union. That was huge.

Friday, January 4, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY said:

"This assumes that Obama and the Democrats have any real interest in reducing spending or curbing entitlements. They have shown no interest in doing so, despite the crushing debt problem threatening the nation's solvency."

The only area they have ANY interest in cutting is the military. It ticks me off so much when they say they support the troops, but turn around and either force them to PC behavior that has no business in the military, or basically reduce spending on it, thereby putting our personal in dangerous situations in hostile environments that does not allow them to do their jobs effectively, efficiently, and with the utmost safety in mind.

"Even if it were a revenue problem, we couldn't solve it by punishing the rich. Increasing taxes on everyone wouldn't put a serious dent in our deficits and debt....Only entitlement reform and major discretionary spending cuts would do that"

I know I've posted this before, but it demands repeating. So often El Prezbo, and his minions have clamored, and pontificated that "we're all in this together" that we "all have to make sacrifices". I'm sorry, but I've yet to see the entitlement crowd be asked to do with even one half of one percent less in their freebies. It seems the only people that are coerced to do with less are those that actually work and provide the taxes to pay for the former to live, shall we say, rather comfortably.

"But that's all fine, we are told. Round two is coming up in two months, in which Obama will take 'revenues' off the table and really focus on spending cuts and entitlement reform. Really?"

They have lied in the past, they lie now, and will continue to lie at any given point in time in the future as long as it advances their Marxist Utopia.

These people sicken me daily. I truly wish the workers and producers of this country would go on a permanent strike. I believe the term is "going Galt" There would be only one solution for the Neomarxists, force people to go back to work. I don't think that would play out very well, even with the useful idiots.

Friday, January 4, 2013 at 10:09 AM

India in GA replied:

Docktor, agreed. The "military spending" thing is such a pathetic red herring, anyway. If we cut EVERY PENNY of discretionary spending --that includes military spending-- we are still set to go broke in our children's lifetimes (if not ours), because of entitlement spending.

I, too, am sickened by the President's meaningless, repeated call for us to do our "fair share". There is *nothing* "fair" about our progressive tax system. There is nothing "fair" in the welfare state. And it is most certainly UNFAIR that we, who have inherited enormous opportunity, peace, and prosperity secured through the sacrifices of our forefathers, have utterly failed to preserve those same blessings of liberty for our children!!

My parents, like previous generations of Americans, were able to tell me in all honesty that with hard work and perseverance, the sky was the limit. Now, when *my sons* bubble over with talk of the grand possibilities in their futures, I can hardly look them in the eye! Mr. President, IT'S NOT FAIR!

Friday, January 4, 2013 at 12:26 PM

India in GA replied:

So, yeah, my gag reflex is triggered whenever Obama uses the word "fair".

I just thought of a few more "unfairs" of which the left heartily approves:

Support of public sector unions
Crony capital investments
Race and gender-based affirmative action
Voting fraud
Free choice for abortions, but not for schools

And the list goes on...

Friday, January 4, 2013 at 12:40 PM

TW in London UK said:

You say 'Be offended if you choose but Obama is either trying to bankrupt the country, or so addicted to spending and determined to fundamentally transform the nation that he refuses to be bothered about the reckless spending he is causing'.

You are wrong, IT IS NOT 'EITHER', IT IS BOTH.

For those researching the GENUINE past of Obama, and the haters of the US he associated himself with for years on a very personal basis, that would become obvious.

Friday, January 4, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Alex Torello in New Haven CT said:

And why would democrats change their philosophies and tactics, when they keep getting elected--to hell with the future of the USA and those who inherit the mess.
America will have deserved what is to come.

Friday, January 4, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Lea in Maryland said:

Has it been noticed that our president didn't take the time to actually sign the fiscal cliff law, but autosigned it. If that isn't a sign of abject arrogance after the country was held hostage over the New Year's weekend and it's fiscal cliff deadline, I don't know what is. Back to Hawaii, I suppose. I'm disgusted that most don't understand what has occurred through an onslaught of histrionics, drama, profligate lying, and obfuscation. Baffle us with BS. Evidently, it works for most people. Bah!

Friday, January 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM