Did you know it’s already 2014? At least in the political world. Why else would President Barack Obama take to the campaign trail again?
On Friday, Obama went to a small business in Pennsylvania to push Item No. 1 on his “fiscal cliff” agenda—another tax hike on the upper middle class. Hopefully, that business will be able to keep its doors open through 4 more years of the economic disaster Democrats have helped create.
Speaker of the House John Boehner responded to Obama’s campaign message.
Boehner stated a simple truth any rational human being should be able to understand:
“This debt doesn’t exist because we don’t tax small businesses enough. It exists because Washington continues to spend too much.”
This debate will no doubt be important as races for House, Senate seats, governorships and other offices get underway ahead of 2014.
In order to counter the titanic Democrat media complex, Republicans should be running messaging every single day. The Right must come up with an infrastructure for talking to the American people because right now, the Left holds 90 percent of the cards when it comes to communications. Alphabet TV networks, the most widely cited print newspapers and websites and blogs are most sympathetic to the Democrats. However, technology provides us with the means to counter the propaganda if we are only willing to create, refine and utilize our resources.
We should be pointing out the lack of sincerity on Dems’ parts when it comes to federal spending, and not just spending on so-called “entitlements.” The U.S. taxpayer has been forced to invest in failing solar energy companies, cars that most of us cannot afford and outrages such as the General Services Administration’s $800,000 wine, cheese and hot tub party in Las Vegas.
We should be telling Americans Obama already got 20 new tax hikes—courtesy of the ObamaCare Tax Bill. Some of those hikes will affect the middle class. Why aren’t Republicans pounding that message home?
Obama sent former tax dodger Tim Geithner, Treasury Secretary, to tell Republicans what Democrats want for a fiscal cliff deal.
The Democrats don’t just want to loot the upper middle class with more tax hikes. They want Obama to have authority to raise the debt ceiling whenever he feels like it. Anyone proposing that should be thumped atop the head with a copy of the U.S. Constitution. Dems also want new Stimulus spending despite the fact the hundreds of millions they already spent had little impact on this economy. The Stimulus did, I’m certain, make a lot of lobbyists happier and richer, as did ObamaCare.
The current Democrat Party is incapable of doing anything about our debt or our spending. Ultimately, this will cause civil unrest because we will run out of options. What will happen when those EBT welfare cards run out? Look to Greece.
It’s already 2014 in America. If Obama and the Democrats refuse to meet the U.S. House in a bipartisan manner, the GOP should unleash forceful messaging explaining exactly what kind of economic disaster this party has created, beginning with the housing bubble Bill Clinton nurtured, all the while knowing it would pop.
Not once have I heard Republicans tell the world about Clinton's bailout--billions of dollars sent to countries in Asia. Even Russia got a bailout. Who is the sugar daddy for the International Monetary Fund? The U.S. taxpayer. Take a look at the timeline PBS offers and then hop over to the IMF page where you can compare what the U.S. gives compared to China. President George W. Bush didn't inherit a sweet deal, he just didn't complain about the recession he was handed.
A tax increase is the last thing the U.S. economy needs. I can’t help wondering if Obama is simply targeting people he believes didn’t vote for him. Who knows? One thing’s for sure—this president is completely out of sync when it comes to our financial wellbeing.
Obama’s lack of understanding of the tax code is glaringly apparent. The president is obsessed with hikes based on rates, but that will mean nothing if the tax code is not reformed. There’s the problem, though. Those tax loopholes benefit many who support Obama, from tax credits for low income families (an annual windfall based on the number of children you have), to deductions for those Hollywood types who can write off their travel, clothes, haircuts and jewelry as a business expense.
If Democrats want to drive the car off the cliff, Republicans probably can’t stop them. But we can make sure Americans know what’s in store and understand that choice was made by a president who has never worked willingly with Republicans and never will. It’s just not in Obama’s political DNA to support free markets, small government and laws that align with the U.S. Constitution.
The president refuses to accept there are three equal branches in the U.S. government. Boehner should remind Americans of that as well.
It's 2014. We should get the ball rolling.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Nov. 30, 2012)