The title of a CBS News article released on November 28, 2012 is “Obama urges PUBLIC to press Congress on TAX CUTS” (Web-site/URL: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-34222_162-57555983-10391739/obama-urges-public-to-press-congress-on-tax-cuts/?tag=socsh), “tax cuts” for MIDDLE and LOWER-income earners. Of course, we’ve seen/read/heard this many times before.
Speaking “from the White House with MIDDLE-CLASS (point of emphasis) Americans standing behind him”, the President started off: “When the American people speak loudly enough, lo and behold, Congress listens“. Well, this is THE PERCEPTION that Congress wants us to have. In other words, this is THE CONGRESSIONAL BELIEF/INTERPRETATION (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). Of course, whether or not they actually serve the people is entirely another matter. “Tell members of Congress what a $2,000 tax hike would mean to you“. People like JOHN BOEHNER, MITCH MCCONNELL, PAUL RYAN and ORRIN HATCH would surely argue that THE PRESIDENT is already increasing taxes on the American people, making this the latest case of “We think they made us mad; they think we made them mad and here we go” (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h7cmuRLwME). “Call your members of Congress. Write them an e-mail. Post it on their Facebook walls. You can Tweet it using the hashtag #My2k”. This is assuming that Congress LISTENS and they usually DON’T, although of course they want us to BELIEVE otherwise (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
today (November 28, 2012), President Obama said: “Our ULTIMATE goal is an agreement that gets our LONG-TERM deficit under control in a way that is FAIR and BALANCED“. What’s “fair and balanced” these days? Not much IF ANYTHING. Or what’s “fair and balanced” to Democrats IS NOT “fair and balanced to Republicans and vice versa, making what’s “fair and balanced” the latest issue which is open to INTERPRETATIONS (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI) and the latest/another round of arguments along the lines of “We think they made us mad; they think we made them mad and here we go” (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h7cmuRLwME). “I believe that both parties CAN agree on a framework that does that in the coming weeks”. CAN THEY? REALLY? “But the place where we already have IN THEORY at least complete agreement right now is on MIDDLE CLASS taxes”. Well, “Both parties can agree”, but again, the BIG question is: WILL THEY “agree” ON ANYTHING? This is ONLY “in theory”. Republicans, of course, continue to insist that taxes SHOULDN’T be raised on ANYONE.
“Republicans have lambasted (heavily/strongly criticized/denounced) the president for using CAMPAIGN-STYLE tactics to pressure Congress on the issue (tax cuts), but Mr. Obama said today (November 28, 2012) that “the voices of the American people HAVE TO BE part of this debate”. Again, will “the voices of the American people” be heard in “this debate?” The GOP also uses “campaign-style tactics” making this yet another example of “We think they made us mad; they think we made them mad and here we go” (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h7cmuRLwME).
“He also INSISTED (that) he is doing his part to work with Congress and influential parties: “I’m SITTING DOWN WITH CEOs, I’m SITTING DOWN WITH labor leaders. I’m talking with leaders in Congress. I am ABLE and WILLING and (even) EXCITED to go ahead and get this issue resolved in a bi-partisan fashion“, but unfortunately, CONGRESS DOESN’T FEEL THE SAME WAY, especially those who LOST their seats on November 6, 2012. Those who LOST certainly DON’T feel “excited” or “able” and surely AREN’T “able” or WILLING TO DO ANYTHING PRODUCTIVE for the remainder of their “Lame Duck” period.
Finally, “Today (November 28, 2012), top Republicans met with Erskine Bowles, President Clinton’s former chief of staff and the former co-chairman of Mr. Obama’s debt commission. Bowles said he agrees with Republicans that there should be “substantive real entitlement reform. That (i.e. ENTITLEMENT REFORM) has to be as much of a part of the discussion as taxes have been. I’m REALLY WORRIED that we have A REAL POSSIBILITY that WE COULD GO OFF THE (fiscal) CLIFF and I think that THAT WOULD BE CATASTROPHIC” obviously. But (in order) NOT to go over the cliff, we’re going to have to COMPROMISE, we’re going to have to have REVENUE (and) we have to have spending cuts”. Again each party will only agree to/with HALF of this. Democrats will only agree with the “revenue” proposal (i.e. TAX INCREASES on the wealthiest people in society) while Republicans will only support “spending cuts”. There’s not much “compromise” there, IF ANY.