Also, there is a swig of castor oil you must take when you admit your opponent is right. You must concede you were wrong. If they extend tax cuts now, they concede their recovery plan was wrong. With it, they spent, rather than cut. They gave the back of their hand to small and mid-sized businesses. In this they were wrong and dumb and out of touch with the real world of job creation.
Yes, they can say they spent the big bucks to save us from a depression. They can say that now that we are saved, they will stimulate with lower taxes. They can tell us they planned to do this all along. They will need a ton of mascara and pancake for that case.
The president already tested the first few lines of that act. He claimed he saved us from a depression. The wig slipped when he went on to suggest he also saved a few million jobs. Perhaps he was auditioning for work in a comedy club when he leaves Washington. Abbott and Costello. Obama and Gore?
The Democrats’ opponents are trying to two-step them into a corner these days. Orrin Hatch begged them, in USA Today, to stop the tax hikes. “How would it look if we danced to Orrin’s music?” That question makes them toss and turn at night.
Newt hums the same tune as Orrin. He also smirks when he suggests they cut taxes — and spending. They probably kick their Cheshire cats these days.
They no doubt are tempted to mix and match. The could allow tax increases on higher earners, while they give lesser earners tax breaks. They may feel that would work wonders for them in November. Perhaps it would. But when Congress’s approval rating sits below that of child molesters (at 11%, per Rasmussen), all bets are off. They clearly have misjudged how the public would feel about various issues the last 18 months.
If they don’t cut taxes, they are cruisin’ for another bruisin’, in the form of recession. If they do cut them, they may get a snoutfull of humble pie. And lipstick on that snout will probably not protect them.
They are in a quandary — and they deserve to be. Poor thinking and awful policies should come home to haunt people.