You had to know that Boehner, and by extension the right, wasn’t really serious about a budget agreement, that there was no way he, they, and the President were going to come to a deal and that the right would walk away. No politician from the GOP ever has been serious about money, except to point the finger of blame when things go wrong, and it would have been a surprise had Boehner been the first. It was fairly obvious that the entire thing was political theatre from the get go. He walked away from the table on Saturday so his party’s “deficit hawks” or what the hell ever nickname they want to come up with, could walk out and whine that the President wasn’t serious about some crap or other, because he wanted to tax the wealthy.
The claim that taxing job creators because they will create less jobs & its horrible for America is a bunch of crap. The rich have the lowest taxes in America they ever have, and they haven’t been creating jobs for a solid decade, job creation has been stagnant for a decade, which is curiously in line with the amount of time the Bush tax cuts have been in effect, which cut the tax base by which this nation pays for what it does and the resources it uses. The rich got richer, and America got screwed by them…. AGAIN.
When Boehner bitches about tax increases, says he wants to find a smaller deal to fix the deficit issues, he comes across as not at all serious about fighting the deficit.
Viddy of the day: Where are the Jobs, Mr. Boehner??? – Rachel Maddow
The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.
John Maynard Keynes, The General Theory of Employment Interest and Money
Politics is about compromise, about making the best deal possible, while doing the most good. If you want to fight the deficit, and a deal is on the table to reduce it by $4,000,000,000,000, and you say it isn’t good enough because it raises taxes, and in the same breath say you will pursue a smaller deal, it shows, proves, that the deficit is NOT what you were really making a deal for. It was about looking like you wanted to make a deal, and if something showed up that you liked, if you could twist the President and the world to fit your wants, then great, and if not, fuck him, walk away and make a big show of it, without doing anything substantive.
The politicization of our economic woes by the representative from Ohio, and his fellow actors from his side of the political stage, puts in danger what little economic stability we have.
And you know what?
They like that.
They like it because they know that people will look at the President and simply blame him for our economic woes. Why? He is presiding over our government, that’s why. But little do they realize his ability to actually govern, in particular through the dangerous, narrow straits that are this nations current economic situation, have been completely compromised by John Boehner and his cronies at every turn.
Potentially paving the way for Boehner’s cronies to assume power because the blame will shift entirely to the President.
It’s all about underhanded grandstanding with America’s right. All show, no substance, and that’s how it’ll stay, they know no other way.
If Mr. Boehner and the rest of the rabid right can’t compromise, they should consider leaving politics. What they are doing is having a tantrum that will cost America much more than jobs, much more than economic security, much more than the political game normally costs us.
It will cost us the soul of America.
That’s it from here, America. G’night.