The Congressional stupor committee has failed to reach a “bipartisan compromise.” As far as I’m concerned, that means they’ve succeeded: instead of puny tax increases and punitive spending cuts, if nothing else happens, the Bush tax cuts will expire in 2013. That, in turn, means a return to the Clinton era tax rates and $14 trillion (yep, trillion with a T) in the guvmint’s coffers. Sounds like a winner to me.
It turns out that President Obama outmaneuvered Congressional Republicans by placing spending cuts on the table that GOP couldn’t agree to because they were tied to tax hikes. That smug prick Grover Norquist’s ridiculous no tax pledge helped ensure the “failure.” Nothing succeeds like failure, y’all.
The stupor committee was *designed* to fail since it had an equal number of Dems and Goopers as well as House members and Senators. Equality equals gridlock equals failure equals success all things being equal. Guess I need to adjust the equalizer right now…
Well-informed Americans should know by now that searching for a “bi-partisan compromise” is like sending some poor bastard on a snipe hunt. The nostalgia for the good old days among some people is a bit nauseating. We’ve gone through many periods of partisan polarization and the cross party compromises engineered by LBJ and FDR were possible because there *used* to be moderate Republicans and were done despite Conservative Southern Democrats. Now that the solid South is solidly Republican such compromises are as rare as the dodo bird.
I only hope the Obama-ites will stick to running against the “do nothing” Congress ala Harry Truman in 1948. The cool and cerebral President may be a bit miscast as a populist firebrand but Harry Truman was a poor speaker and Obama at his best is one of the best orators in our history. Now that I think of it, Mitt Romney is not a bad comp for Tom Dewey: he’s dull and cautious. The difference is that Dewey was a genuine moderate with a distinguished record on Civil Rights issues. In short, Dewey was dull but he believed in something. Mitt, of course, only believes in himself and the LDS church’s weirdo doctrines.