Here’s another example of good faith, Progressive style. This occurred in the failed fiscal cliff “negotiations:”
At one point, according to notes taken by a participant, Mr Boehner told the president, “I put $800 billion [in tax revenue] on the table. What do I get for that?”
“You get nothing,” the president said. “I get that for free.”
It’s certainly true that a number of chuckleheads, as one Republican participant called them, let themselves be confused into thinking that voting to preserve the present tax rates for 99.8% of Americans was the same as voting for a tax increase—even though the Great Grover Norquist had given permission for such a vote.
But the fact is, that President Barack Obama has been discussing in bad faith all along: he wants the cliff. With the cliff, he gets tax rate increases all across the board, he gets to gut Defense spending, and he gets to blame Republicans for the economic and security disaster that will result—all Progressive dreams. And that blame is as important to Obama’s ego as are the tax increases and the Defense cuts.
It is unfortunate that the GOP has chosen to be complicit in this shameful affair, but there it is. They’ve emasculated themselves with an idiotic civil war, and they’ve rendered themselves impotent for the next two years. Look for the Progressives to retain control of the Senate and regain control of the House in 2014, and to retain the White House in 2016.
Had the Republicans been able to pass Plan B in the House, those chuckleheads would have achieved three things: they would have voted for the present tax rates for nearly all Americans, they would have put the onus on the Progressives—as Speaker of the House John Boehnor (R, OH) put it
[T]he president will have a decision to make. He can call on the Senate Democrats to pass that bill, or he can be responsible for the largest tax increase in American history
—to come up with an honest counterproposal. And put the failure of the negotiations squarely on the shoulders of the Progressives in the Senate and the White House.
Now, Republicans don’t have anything at all for the debt ceiling debate other than an understanding of how to fail.