Good Cop, Bad Cop

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People who remember the old comic strip “Peanuts” will recall an often repeated situation where Lucy offers to hold a football for Charlie Brown to kick. Then, as Charlie coming running up to kick it, Lucy snatches away the ball and Charlie Brown loses his balance and goes crashing on his backside.

The reason this same scene remained funny, despite how often it was repeated, is that in the later repetitions Charlie Brown would express suspicion at Lucy, recalling how she had tricked him before. She would then come up with some claim that she wasn’t going to do that any more— and of course she did.

There is a similar routine that has been repeated many times in Washington, over the years, with the Democrats playing Lucy and Republicans playing Charlie Brown.

It goes like this: Democrats start spending money wildly, handing out goodies to a wide range of people who they want to vote for them, while Republicans complain about deficits and the national debt. Then, when the public becomes alarmed about the debts that are piling up, the Democrats get the Republicans to vote for higher taxes to deal with the debt crisis, in the name of “fiscal responsibility.”

Sometimes the deal is sweetened by the Democrats promising to make spending cuts if the Republicans vote for higher taxes, so that there can be one of those “bipartisan” solutions so beloved by the media. But, after the Republicans vote for the tax increases, and come running up to find the spending cuts, the Democrats snatch away the spending cuts and the Republicans fall right on their backsides, just like Charlie Brown.

This old trick is now being unveiled by the Obama administration, like so many other old political tricks used in this “change” administration.

In one of President Obama’s many prissy little sermonettes, complete with finger wagging, he has declared: “Next year when I start presenting some very difficult choices to the country, I hope some of these folks who are hollering about deficits step up. Because I’m calling their bluff.”

There is already a bipartisan commission set to provide political cover for the Democrats’ wild spending that has increased the national debt from 63 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product in 2004 to 83 percent in 2009— and official estimates of more than 90 percent this year, with more increases in sight.

Why Republicans join such transparent attempts to rescue the Democrats from the political consequences of their own actions is one of the many unsolved mysteries of human nature in general and the Republican Party in particular.

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  • USMCSniper

    If Republicans do not stand their ground on NO NEW TAXES then they are gutless RINOs and might as well be Democrats.

  • Mr. X

    Republicans cannot win anymore. As was the intent, too many generations were deliberately not taught economics, history the constitution nor were critical thinking skills developed. This time, I hope its professors and journalists jumping out of windows.

    • George

      Yeah that's it…that's why Republicans are in a slump…the undereducated population. It's got nothing to do with the clusterf*ck they lead us into.

      • David

        Let's once again conveniently forget the fact that things didn't start to go bad til the Dems won back the majority in House and Senate. Of course, the Repubs didn't much know what to do with a majority since for 1. They hadn't had it for about 40 years before, and 2. They were too busy trying to get along bi-partisan with Dems who, no matter what, are completely opposed to any Repub idea. Let's forget that the Dems run by Barney Frank and Chris Dodd forced banks and lending institutions to loan minorities money for mortgages If they were only breathing or they would be labeled racists and procecuted. You have the modern, politically correct answer backed up by the Liberal Press, what was I thinking?

  • The_Inquisitor

    On the mark and very witty.

  • Ageofreason

    May I suggest that was not just the Democrats and their supporters who were the victims of the propagandizing in the universities and colleges by America-hating, politically "correct" Marxist, socialist, feminist, and radical professors. The ignorance that resulted has been at least partially bought by the Republicans as well, despite their gut feelings that something was very, very wrong about the classroom presentations. The result is a lack of confidence in the Capitalist spirit of America, born of ignorance as well, by many Republicans and their supporters. Distorted history, false economics, praise for poor literature, and so on worked to partially erode the souls of Republicans and lead them to self-doubt as America was demonized in the classrooms. The Republican party must re-make itself based upon a self-education in the fundamentals of Liberty, and rational economics. Compromise of rational principles would seem not to be an option. Too much lies at risk.

  • Richard

    A total lack of backbone. They are hypocrits to say the least. They complain that the NYT and other left wing media are elitists, but they too think they are above the fray. God if our military took that stance, because of our superior military power they might as well give up the fight for freedom. I was a Republican and now an Independent. I only want the best, but one has to ask questions and do your research. Look at Obama, McCain never cornered him in asking what his change meant for the US, but put his tail (literally) between his legs and rolled over. My opinion, Arizona should rethink this primary election.

  • USMCSniper

    Too many country club elitests, like John McCain, Olympia Snow, etc,.,, that just want to get along in the Republican party. They are RINOs that wait to see which way the crowd is going and then they follow. They do not know how to play to win like the Democrats do.

  • policypunch

    I get so sick of hearing "We can't act like Democrats. We can't get away with it" i.e. stopping the Kagan train wreck. They will wet themselves and play dead as usual. Incessant GOP whining from RINOs who are just trying to get re-elected. We need real leaders with massive stones like Chris Christie (and term limits.)

  • Dennis X

    Van Jones is still right.

  • Andrew

    I'm very much a conservative and I think blood should run on both sides of the aisles this November. It's time for new blood. Fresh thinking and REAL fighters. I'm tired of the same old worthless tactics and slogans.

    I mean it's like paying $150 a month to watch reruns!! But at least with that I'm the one in control. These clowns don't give a crap what we think. I think that much has been pretty well established.

  • David

    Democrats or Liberals(mostly same thing) get the backing of the Press. Good, if any, is amplified, Bad, is minimized or sugar coated. With Republicans, the Press reverses the rules. Example-Strom Thurmond(R) was an evil 'ol racist . Robert Byrd (D) was just a poor farm boy tryin' to get elected and joined the KKK and stayed in it til about 47 years of age and tried to make up for it all the rest of his life. Republicans just want to be liked and accepted, golly gee. They compromise with the Dems and always get the blame. If they stand up for principle and do the right thing they are obstructionists (The Party of NO). They need to grow some backbone and get some moral clarity. That's why as a former Democrat, I am now a former Republican, and a current Conservative.