Here is video of Sen. John McCain blasting President Obama for his antagonistic, gloating Press remarks earlier today on the “Fiscal Cliff” negotiations. McCain wondered, based on Obama’s actions, whether he really wants a deal to get done.
Here is video of President Barack Obama’s statement on the “Fiscal Cliff” negotiations earlier this afternoon. Obama struck a gloating tone, at times mocking Republicans even before a deal is officially approved. Obama gloated that the GOP “is within sight” of approving a raise in tax rates – which, he reminded, they had said they would not support several weeks ago. Many – even some in the media – wondered if Obama’s gloating, campaign-like tone was really appropriate, especially since nothing has yet been officially approved.
McConnell says he is ready to vote on everything that isn’t sequester. So taxes, unemployment extension, doc fix AMT etc. Sounds like a deal— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) December 31, 2012
The President wants more, more, more: bit.ly/WbmjgP— Sean Hackbarth (@seanhackbarth) December 31, 2012
Question: Did Obama hit the right tone in his fiscal cliff remarks? Or was he not serious enough/too campaign-y?— The Fix (@TheFix) December 31, 2012
I think Sen. John Barrasso is exactly right – Barack Obama is “eager to go over the Cliff” – “Fiscal Cliff,” that is.
Here is video of Sen. Lindsey Graham on Fox News today where he said it is time for President Obama to “man up” on the “Fiscal Cliff.” Graham said the Republicans will not give Obama unlimited power to raise the debt-ceiling as he has demanded.
Of course, Obama is too busy to man up and do what is needed for the country. He’s either campaigning around the country, or hanging out with someone who eight years ago wished death on American soldiers and their families:
Here is President Barack Obama in 2011 saying he could raise an additional $1.2 Trillion in revenue “which could be accomplished without hiking tax rates, but could simply be accomplished by eliminating loopholes, eliminating some deductions, and engaging in a tax reform process that could lower the rates generally while broadening the base.”
That’s almost exactly what Republicans are now proposing instead of raising tax rates! Obama is now saying there can be no deal if tax rates do not go up.
I wonder if anyone in the brave White House Press Corps will call Obama on this?
Here is David Gergen, an adviser to four Presidents – Democrat and Republican – saying on CNN that he believes Barack Obama and the Democrats now seem more interested in humiliating Republicans and scoring political points than in getting a deal done to avoid going over the “Fiscal Cliff.”
He’s right. But it’s not only since the election. Too bad more Americans did not see through Obama before Election Day. But why shouldn’t he think he can further crash the U.S. Economy and blame it all on Republicans? He got re-elected despite a dismal record as President. Obama is now emboldened to believe he can do whatever he desires – and get away it. And he just might be able to do so.
CNN contributor David Gergen has written an opinion piece saying President Obama and the Democrats are “over-playing their hand” in the wake of the 2012 Election by being unreasonable in the Fiscal Cliff negotiations with Republicans:
CNN – David Gergen: Forgive me, but haven’t we seen this movie before in the aftermath of national elections? Usually, it doesn’t end well.
In the weeks since his victory, President Barack Obama has argued — correctly — that voters are demanding that high-income Americans pay higher taxes as a way to reduce deficits. Some 60% in exit polls endorsed that proposition, and a Pew/Washington Post poll released this week found that 60% still support it. The president, then, has good reason to push the idea.
In a breakthrough, House Speaker John Boehner quickly lined up behind the idea of the wealthy paying more. . . . .
But frankly, it is the president and the Democrats who are over-playing their hands now.
Instead of turning the GOP willingness to deal on taxes into a win-win, the White House seemingly wants to humiliate them by insisting they cave entirely on increasing tax rates — or take responsibility for going over the cliff. Instead of sitting down and negotiating directly with leaders from the other side in private getaways, as presidents like Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan did, the president launches a campaign-style offensive against them.
The proposal that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner put before Republicans on Thursday, as reported by The New York Times, was clearly intended to score political points with Democrats rather than entice Republicans into serious negotiations. It was full of nonstarters. . . . Read More