Cut Now, Tax Later (If Ever)
While I'm sure it's somehow racist to compare President Obama to a suicide bomber, that's just what Mark Thiessen did this morning:
Congressional Republicans need to buck up — Obama and the Democrats are overplaying their hand...
Even if Democrats succeed in blaming Republicans, going off the cliff is the political equivalent of a suicide-bombing for President Obama: To damage the GOP, he has to blow himself up in the process. Going over the cliff would likely cause a new recession, which would be a disaster for Obama — killing his chances of accomplishing anything of significance for the remainder of his presidency. As Keith Hennessey, former director of the National Economic Council for President George W. Bush, points out in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, a recession would limit Obama’s policy options and “irreparably damage his second term.”
If Obama considers the self-destruction of his presidency “winning,” he’s the Charlie Sheen of American politics.
Sheen? Now there's a low blow.
Anyhoo, you can't negotiate with hostage-takers, which is closer to the truth than "suicide bomber." So the GOP needs to take a walk. Go on recess. Spend a little time with their families.
And show the world that Democrats need to spend like Charlie needs strippers & blow.