The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “Analysis: Obama could risk GOING OVER (the fiscal) ‘cliff‘” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/analysis-obama-could-risk-going-over-cliff-081447326–finance.html).
“It may be just a BLUFF or a BARGAINING PLOY, but the White House is signaling that President Barack Obama is willing to let the country GO OVER the “fiscal cliff,” a HARD-LINE negotiating strategy aimed at winning concessions from Republicans on taxes”. OF COURSE, this is “a bluff”. As far as “hard line” is concerned, well, there are “hard liners” ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE/POLITICAL SPECTRUM.
“If Washington really does fail to avert the looming series of tax hikes and spending cuts, the White House will portray Republicans as THE CULPRITS for INSISTING ON protecting tax cuts for THE WEALTHY (people earning $250K or more per year), an effort the administration is laying the groundwork for now”. Phrase synonymous with blame: “culprits”.
According to White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, “This is A CHOICE of the Republican Party. IF they are willing to do higher rates on the wealthy, (then) there’s a lot we can talk about. And if they are not, then THEY’LL push us over the cliff”.
According to Tony Fratto, “a former Treasury and White House official under President George W. Bush”, “MY sense is (that) the White House WANTS TO go over the cliff. That may be the only way they get (the tax) rates (that) THEY want“. This is Fratto’s INTERPRETATION (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
Finally, “As Obama ran for re-election, he sought to assure voters WEARY OF Washington’s BICKERING that things would be BETTER IF he won a second term. Speaking to supporters in June (2012), he said, “I BELIEVE that if we’re successful in this election — when we’re successful in this election — that the fever MAY break. My HOPE, my EXPECTATION, is that AFTER the election, now that it turns out that the goal of beating Obama doesn’t make much sense because I’M NOT RUNNING AGAIN, that we can start getting some COOPERATION (?) again“. Let’s reiterate that these are Obama’s BELIEFS (“hopes”) and EXPECTATIONS as opposed to FACTS (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). OF COURSE, the POLITICAL implications were obvious and are everywhere. President Obama wanted to GET RE-ELECTED on November 6 2012 as badly as Republicans wanted to retake control of THE HOUSE and whittle down the Democrats’ majority in the Senate in the 2010 mid-term elections. As far as “cooperation” is concerned, let’s be honest, THERE HASN’T BEEN much, IF ANY, “cooperation” between the White House and Congress, more specifically, THE HOUSE and THE MINORITY LEADER in the Senate since those 2010 mid-term elections.
This is just the latest chapter of POLITICIANS going back & forth with the “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=NgnAY_eXYbI) and “blaming and criticizing” each other (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-AJviZ8Itk).