13 July, 2011

Mr. President, You Want Tax Hikes? Here’s What It’s Gonna Cost

President Barack Obama (D-USA), despite saying that “it can’t be ‘my way or the highway’” also says “I will not accept, a deal in which I am asked to do nothing” (i.e. no deal without tax hikes—my way or the highway).

Ok, here’s the first thing you have to understand, Mr. President. November 2010 happened. You experienced a “shellacking” with the Republican takeover of the house. You do remember that, right? Well, these new Republicans were sent to Washington, D.C. for one purpose and one purpose only, to represent those of us who feel that we’re “Taxed Enough Already”. They’re painfully aware that giving in on taxes to you may be political suicide.

So, when you ask for  $1 trillion in higher taxes, you’re asking for something huge from the other side. That’s fine. We can talk huge if you want. But to get something huge, you’re going to have to give up something huge. They can’t give up huge and then go back to their constituents empty-handed. So, you’re going to have to get your party to agree to something huge in return. Otherwise, there’s no deal that includes tax hikes. No chance of one.

Let me be clear. To get huge, you have to give up huge. Capisce?

I can think of exactly two things that the Democrats could give up that would be comparable. Pick one. And force them to vote yes on it. We’re gonna tie this all into one bill too, so you can’t weasel out at the last minute and only sign one of them.

What are the two things?

  1. Complete repeal of ObamaCare
  2. Balanced Budget Amendment

No, you have to get them to agree to pass one of these, not just vote on them. It has to pass and get your signature.

You do your side on this, and I’ll blog. I’ll Tweet. I’ll call my Congressman and Senators. I’ll write them. I’ll fax them. I’ll write letters to the paper. I’ll call John Boehner and demand to speak to him personally. I’ll do whatever I can to get you that $1 trillion.

I know what you’re thinking, “no way! There’s no way they’ll vote in favor of the BBA, and there’s no way I’m signing away my signature piece of legislation!”

I know you won’t and I know they won’t. You’d have to be a fool to think the Democrats will give up that much. But, you’d have to be a just as big a fool to think the Republicans will give up that much, and get nothing for it.

And if that’s the case, shut up about the tax hikes. Stop grandstanding on this issue and wasting everyone’s time.

This is the offer. It is non-negotiable and final.

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