In November 2010, during the “lame duck” legislative session post-election, I took considerable heat via mocking and ridicule for a fundamentally abhorrent position to Republicans. I said then: “give President Obama everything he wants” !
- Elimination of Bush tax rates (all of them)
- A new $1 Trillion + Omnibus spending bill which people called “Porkulous”
- Repeal of Don’t ask Don’t Tell
- Extension of Unemployment Benefits
- The 9/11 First responders payoffs bill
- and more….
Because this was the 2010 “rebuke” election where President Obama had just been delivered a “shellacking” by the conservative takeover of the House of Representatives, many people openly ridiculed me as ‘out-of-my-mind’.
In my defense I tried to open eyes to the fact I was not looking at the moment, or the short-term “spending”; I was looking at the long-term issue of “continuation of non-budgeted government”, knowing full well that President Obama would use his inability to get what he wants as the primary talking point in 2011 and 2012. Obama would reset the ‘optic’ of congress as obstructionists.
Because President Obama could say he was being rebuffed, and stopped from advancing his own ideological priority agenda, he would not OWN any outcome or consequence. He would just pass off and deflect the results as “their problem” because *they*, Republicans in Congress, wouldn’t do what he needed.
You have to understand the illogical delusion of the left to understand how to fight them. They are not logically minded – They are emotionally minded.
As soon as congress stopped President Obama from getting what he wanted, they effectively gave him an excuse for economic failure. If they had given him everything he wanted, he would have no way out of OWNING the failure – and the economic failure of the policy was certain. There had been no Federal Budget since 2007, so it was totally predictable the debt ceiling would need to be raised. [Without a budget you have no option under continuing resolutions except to raise the debt ceiling].
If Congress had given Obama 100% of what he had asked for, President Obama would have to own the outcomes.
This is a simple understanding. You have to expose the wound before you can heal the wound. The well-intentioned refusal to allow the ridiculous spending just gave President Obama, and his followers, the cover – it’s not his fault.
So, with that in mind, can I just repeat myself again here in the lame duck of 2012, so that 2014 and 2016 becomes a possible time we can begin to heal the wound.
Please give President Obama everything he wants in this “lame duck”. Give it all to him. Give him the tax hikes he wants, give him the spending increases he wants, give him the defense cuts he wants, and let’s just get to the bottom – Please.
Make Him Own Something !