Make the Democrats Own the Obama Economy

One bright spot of Barack Obama’s re-election was knowing that unemployment rates were about to soar for the precise groups that voted for him — young people, unskilled workers and single women with degrees in gender studies. But now the Democrats are sullying my silver lining by forcing Republicans to block an utterly pointless tax-raising scheme in order to blame the coming economic Armageddon on them.

Democrats are proposing to reinstate the Bush tax cuts for everyone … except “the rich.” (Why do only tax cuts come with an expiration date? Why not tax increases? Why not Obamacare? How about New York City’s “temporary” rent control measures intended for veterans returning from World War II?)

Raising taxes only on the top 2 percent of income earners will do nothing to reduce the deficit. There’s not enough money there — even assuming, contrary to all known history, that the top 2 percent won’t find ways to reduce their taxable income or that the imaginary increased government revenue would be applied to deficit reduction, anyway.

Apart from Obamacare, it’s difficult to think of a more effective method of destroying jobs than raising taxes on “the rich.” This isn’t a wealth tax on useless gigolos like John Kerry — it’s an income tax on people who are currently engaged in some profitable enterprise. Their business profits, which could have been used to hire more employees, will instead be used to pay the government.

But Republicans are over a barrel. Unless Republicans and Democrats reach an agreement, the Bush tax cuts expire at the end of the year. By pushing to extend the tax cuts for everyone except “the rich,” Democrats get to look like champions of middle class tax cuts and Republicans can be portrayed as caring only about the rich.

And when the economy tanks, the Non-Fox Media will blame Republicans.

The economy will tank because, as you will recall, Obama is still president. Government rules, regulations, restrictions, forms and inspections are about to drown the productive sector. Obamacare is descending on job creators like a fly swatter on a gnat. Obama has already managed to produce the only “recovery” that is worse than the preceding recession since the Great Depression. And he says, “You ain’t seen nothing yet.”

The coming economic collapse is written in the stars, but if Republicans “obstruct” the Democrats by blocking tax hikes on top income earners, they’re going to take 100 percent of the blame for the Obama economy.

You think not? The Non-Fox Media managed to persuade a majority of voters that the last four years of jobless misery was George W. Bush’s fault, having nothing whatsoever to do with Obama.

The media have also managed to brand Republicans as the party of the rich, even as eight of the 10 richest counties voted for Obama. And that doesn’t include pockets of vast wealth in cities — Nob Hill in San Francisco, the North Shore of Chicago, the Upper East Side of Manhattan and the Back Bay of Boston — whose residents invariably vote like welfare recipients. Seven of the 10 richest senators are Democrats. The very richest is the useless gigolo.

Republicans have a PR problem, not an economic theory problem. That doesn’t mean they should cave on everything, but seeming to fight for “tax cuts for the rich” is a little close to the bone, no matter how tremendously counterproductive such taxes are.

Yes, conservatives can try harder to get the truth out, but as UCLA political science professor Tim Groseclose has shown, media bias already costs Republicans about 8 to 10 points in elections. Try arguing a year from now that Republicans’ refusal to agree to tax hikes on the top 2 percent of income earners — resulting in an expiration of all the Bush tax cuts — had nothing to do with the inevitable economic disaster.

Republicans have got to make Obama own the economy.

They should spend from now until the end of the congressional calendar reading aloud from Thomas Sowell, Richard Epstein, John Lott and Milton Friedman and explaining why Obama’s high tax, massive regulation agenda spells doom for the nation.

Then some Republicans can say: We think this is a bad idea, but Obama won the election and the media are poised to blame us for whatever happens next, so let’s give his plan a whirl and see how the country likes it.

Republicans need to get absolute, 100 percent intellectual clarity on who bears responsibility for the next big recession. It is more important to win back the Senate in two years than it is to save the Democrats from their own idiotic tax plan. Unless Republicans give them an out, Democrats won’t be able to hide from what they’ve done.

Even Democrats might back away from that deal.

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  • truebearing

    I'm not sure that a strategy exists that the Republicans are capable of not screwing up. There is no unity in the party whatsoever, and precious little courage or leadership.

    Obama is going to continue to spend the US into a subordinate role in the world regardless of what political theater goes on over taxes. I say that Republicans should refuse to budge and let Obama's momentum carry him over the fiscal cliff. This cliff is much lower than the next one will be. After reelecting Commiebama, America needs some serious shock treatment.

    • Danny

      "After reelecting Commiebama, America needs some serious shock treatment. "

      Damn those rotten Americans for voting against my guy. May they now suffer as never before. Amen.

      The new conservative mantra.

      • Nick Shaw

        If you'll recall, when or if the Bush tax cuts expire, they will go back to the rates endorsed by Clinton.
        I seem to remember he was a Dim.
        By that metric, if 88% of the taxpayers could afford it then, why shouldn't they be able to afford it now?
        You seem to be laboring under the delusion that Zero doesn't want tax hikes on everyone.
        He really does. How else do you think he will pay for his programs? They might not be called tax hikes though.
        "My policies will necessarily make electricity costs skyrocket". Recall that? Who do you think that will hurt most? Who do you think will supply the money to combat those costs by subsidy, which Zero will implement. You know, 'cause it's the right thing to do.
        Raising taxes on the rich ain't gonna' cut it, no matter high high they go.
        You're being suckered, laddie.

        • patron

          "By that metric, if 88% of the taxpayers could afford it then, why shouldn't they be able to afford it now?"

          Similar tax hikes in England and France led to the wealthy leaving the country and business closings. Costs were passed onto the consumer, and tax revenue to the governments decreased.

          There is no dot com bubble to prop up federal spending. State and local tax rates are higher. Dodd Frank rules and federal insolvency dried up the credit market to cover up for Congressional Democrat's fraud.

          • Nick Shaw

            Of course, I was being facetious with that line, Patron.
            Tax hikes on the rich will never increase revenues. They already know this. It's merely a political ploy to let them say they tried their best.
            Unfortunately, they will lament, now everyone will have to tighten their belts.
            Well, except those who get government handouts.
            There will come a time, if it hasn't already, when you can make more by having a part time job and getting supplemental government assistance than you can from a full time job making the median income in America.
            Too many will say, why bother working all day.
            Just have a couple of kids and tell them you don't have a man in your life to contribute (even though you do. Who's checking anymore?)
            I know how it works. I came from a welfare family and it worked even when they checked up on you!

  • wavettore

    In a new and long lasting form of government, Trust can no longer be one of its components. All efforts should be made to form a new type of government with new mechanisms that will not require the element of Trust or the promise of a politician to guarantee that the will of the majority will always be reflected in the laws of that government. This will be a system that could improve in time the already existing possibility of such government today structured through the use of the Internet.
    A new form of Democratic government is Commutalism
    Commutalism is a new concept of Democracy without politicians which is organized through the Internet to balance the needs of the Individual with the Respect for Equality. Commutalism is structured to provide the necessary goods for the survival of everyone and introduces at the same time a new transparent form of Capitalism to trade all those goods which are not necessary, like in a market open to the competition of all superfluous goods.
    For the sake of transparency, this new type of Capitalism would rule that each single transaction must be reported on the Net to become visible by anyone (just like an invoice made public) and taxable at the origin with a fix percentage for everyone.
    In such system, all private properties and their owners like also all money transactions and trades of private property must be publicly reported on the Net. This is to prevent unlawful transactions and root out corruption through the immediate confiscation of those goods that have not been reported.
    Moreover, to reduce Greed and restore the financial equilibrium worldwide, it will be enough to eliminate the concept of inheritance. The private property of the people will return to the State after the death of each person to be auctioned among all citizens. People could spend as much as they want to educate their children but inheritance and donations would not be allowed.
    Once the survival is guaranteed for everybody there will be no need to be as tolerant with crime as we are today when the crime is a consequence of our corrupted system.
    In Commutalism, the right to own must be protected and guaranteed also for those who want to work and trade their own Time to obtain more than just the basic necessities provided by the system. http://www.wavevolution.org/en/index.html
    http://www.wikinfo.org/Multilingual/index.php/Com

    • davarino

      eh heh, wow sounds awful, I'm out but thanks.

      Commutalism? I guess the Progressives decided they needed to change names again

    • skipokc

      Sounds a lot like technology-driven totalitarianism in the name of (as is always the case in totalitarianism) democracy. The dead giveaway (pun intended) is "the private property of the people will return to the State after the death of each person…" Return to the State? That assumes that all property ultimately belongs to the state and that individuals are merely temporary caretakers. I'd rather deal with SkyNet.

      • Nick Shaw

        And dealing with Skynet might be more fun, Ski. ;-)

    • pagegl

      Just another attempt to make make private property confiscation sound like a good thing. Or are you suggesting there is no such thing as private property?

    • Mary Sue

      cool story bro.

    • Ghostwriter

      wavettore,thanks but no thanks. Commutalism doesn't sound like ANYTHING I want to get involved with.

  • Tarleton

    The future for America is clearly a rerun of the 1970's UK, with militant unions , inflation , high unemployment , collapsing economy and ''winter of our discontent '' , eventually leading to the ''sun in splendor '' and rise of Thatcher ; BUT WHO WILL BE THE AMERICAN THATCHER ?

  • wherter

    Anyone see the utopianist above?
    THERE IS NO PERFECT SYSTEM IN A WORLD OF EVIL PEOPLE.

    "commutalism"= socialism….blah blah

  • Jesse

    Since what Coulter claims is correct: the Republicans have (again) allowed themselves to be put in "PR corner", being "damned if they do and damned if they don't", the BEST they can hope for is to make certain that Obama and the Dems "own it".

    Their only effective (#1 rated Fox News and talk-radio can't reach the unreachable [by the way, what conservatives need is their own John Stewart; something entertaining that the 'kids' will watch]) ally at this juncture is economic reality: "Batten down the hatches, Obama is at the helm."

    • Guest

      Fox has Greg Gutfeld, who is a thousand times funnier (and smarter) than Stewart. Unfortunately, Red Eye is on at 3 AM. I dvr it every morning. It's the only talk show I watch.

      • BS77

        Mark Levin was on target today….and pretty funny to boot.

  • john butala

    The only problem giving in to Obama about taxes or anything else is that after the smoke clears and Obama's policies fail miserably again, Republicans will still get blamed. How so since they gave in to Obama about taxing the "wealthy" ? Because it wouldn't be enough for the Obamatons. The rich should have been taxed more….and more….and more. The morons who voted for Obama will not be persuaded. They're Democrats. If they weren't convinced by the last four disastrous years and the failure of every single economic plan/scam hatched by Obama and his Marxist-oriented and economically illiterate cohorts, they won't be won over by a few more disasters. Bush wlll still be blamed if Obama gets re-elected for the next twenty years and the U.S. economy resembles Haiti's. They, Dems and libs, are genetically unable to understand basic economics. If and when things go rotten again, they'll never blame Obama or any other Democrats.

    • patron

      You are correct. It's a horrible idea. I highly doubt any of the Obama voters will suddenly have a paradigm shift and turn Republican. If anything, letting taxes rise and standing by as the Western economy collapses will fracture conservatives further and push more into the Ron Paul and Gary Johnson constituency.

      The same benefits can be gained in a win. Congress can pass bills to simplify the tax code and lower overhead to force the issues, as well as having hearings on government waste.

      Four years is a long time and familiarity breeds contempt. Look at Bush 2004 vs Bush 2008.

  • Silverfinger

    Coulter is correct. Give the Dems and their malwired supporters the rope to hang themselves. Republicans should support all measures taken by the Dems in the interests of unity of the country AND at the same time, they should REFUSE 50% of their their salary because they are not doing the job for which they were elected.

    Democrats and their supporters are mentally unreachable. No sense in fighting for them. Give them what they want.

    When things go bad as they will, Republicans must attack the Dems with a vengeance. If a Dem still wins the White House in 2016 and the Dems still control the Senate, time to armed revolution and brake up the country along blue and red states.

  • E. Bickley

    I agree completely, any other way republicans will be blamed, Obama will spend the next two years blaming Congress and thus retaking control in the next election and who knows where it goes from there.

  • Ar'nun

    Exactly! Republicans are always blamed no matter what. When Republicans took back the House in 2010 it just set up a patsy for the Liberals. Get out of the way, and call their bluff. Their is a reason they didn't do this when they had the House. Senate and White House. They know what it will do to the economy. They know the Republicans will never go for it willingly, and they know that they can keep sellingit and the braindead Cult followers who vote for the (D) even if the (D) was next to the name Charles Manson.

    Republicans can't combat the 50 years of Liberal brainwashing that has taken place in schools, media and Hollywood. They can only let the Liberals live in the world they desire. Only then will voters understand how painful Liberalism is. Republicans only focus over the next 4 years is to retake the Legislature in 2014 and protect the Constitiution. Conservatives should have faith, we know we are right, now through tough love we can prove it. If the Constitution stays intact, we can repair it all.

  • ffortnightly

    It is also going to be difficult for the republicans to deal with the introduction of race-based politics. At this moment the left is hailing the end of the age of old white men running the show. If white Americans really were the racists they are so easily labeled as these days, Obama wouldn't have made senator. So the very idea that democrats would bring this racial nonsense into the process is revolting and shameful. If democrats continue down this path they will find that their own white leaders will be pushed aside. In purely leftist terms this would be a victory. But I really wonder what leftist white politicians will think when they're unemployed, unelectable and they realize they stepped on their own Johnson?_Grobbbbbbbbbbbbbbb

  • pierce

    You are not kidding, "Let the Democrats own the Obama economy." For the last four years our economy has been a disaster, and it is getting worse, thanks to our esteemed President. Appease our President, and it will fall to the depths of whale s–t. Whoa, it is almost there, just when you think it can't get worse, guess what, it does. Sorry I can't be a cheerleader, but then I did not vote for him for I knew what was coming.

  • Don

    The solution is too easy: the house can pass two virtually identical bills – one extending the middleclass tax cuts that the Dems want, the other one extending the “tax cuts for the rich” that the Dems can vote against. No Republican needs to vote to raise tax rates – the Dems get what they say they want and will own the consequences.

  • http://twitter.com/USnavy1967 @USnavy1967

    Great idea, great strategy, and most of all great for the country; but what Republican as Balls enough to let this happen without their ego's getting in the way. The Republican party needs to say go ahead lets try it, swallow hard, and let it happen. One step that is needed now is a change of leadership in the Republican Party and Congress.

  • RiverFred

    If you tax the rich, as proposed by Obozo, it will create 68 billion in revenue, compare that to the trillion dollar annual dificit (1,000 billion.) Its a drop in the bucket. I say let the demonuts have their way, the recession will follow and the Republicans will be voted in.

  • geoplaten

    I agree with this plan in principal, but the media will simply ignore the warnings and then blame the Republicans for the ensuing disaster anyways. At best, they will call it a bi-partisan agreement ("all experts agreed something had to be done…").

    Face it, we're screwed no matter what.

  • pagegl

    As much as I hate to say it, the Republicans need to give Obama what he wants, the tax increase on the rich. They also need to make sure he acknowledges that they decided to be "bipartisan" on that issue. Then they need to hope that the average Obama supporter learns how to do math as the economy goes down the ceramic facility. Without that last part there will not be any realization that the left's policies won't work.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    Sorry! – Make Ann Coulter Own Romney! – She was his staunchest front man for over a year.

    " Anne Coulter, for example, became unbearably shrill after her candidate (Romney) was shellacked in South Carolina. She blamed the Tea Party members " ~ American Thinker

    Romney, only received about 30% of the GOP primary.

    Romney & Coulter were at their most animated when attacking his Conservative GOP opponents!

    ~ ~ What is it about "DEMOCRAT-LITE" that the Country Club-Eastern Establishment GOP
    Powers-On-High don't understand?…..

    Had Romney aggressively made Obama "own the economy" during his 4-year campaign for President; Romney just may have won!

  • Maxie

    "The coming economic collapse is written in the stars . . ."
    Actually it's written in the "Handbook for Tyrant$" first written in the Modern Era by Robespierre and his Reign of Terr0r in the French Revolution. Then came H!tlur, Le!in and $tal!n who came to gen0c!dal power in the throes of economic turmoil. Socialist tyranny blooms in depressions, crushing inflation and the widespred fear that results. All that's needed is a populist dea mogue to capitalize on, or help create, that that fear and seize the day. We have our nar!is$i$tic dema gogue and the financial collapse is unfolding. America is t0ast.

  • Maxie

    Timorous site administrators are increasingly becoming clones of the mass media and equally vapid.

  • Ghostwriter

    Why do I have a feeling this won't end well?

  • BS77

    The elite socialists in DC could tax the wealthiest Americans 100% and it wouldn't make a dent in the deficit.

  • Reis Kash

    The Republicans should quickly and honestly outline the democrat responsibilities for the state (moral, financial, and intellectual) our country is in and then everybody, all together, demos and repubs alike, pull the columns down. Unfortunately, we are far beyond any cooperation with the "I won – Obama" crowd and can only hope for a clean break with the past and an all new Republic of these United States. Those who want to sink can stay with the current democracy. Those states which want a real life, a fresh start, and a return to the values of our forefathers succeed.