Does Anyone Believe What This Guy Says Anymore?


You have 80% of the American people who support a balanced approach. 80% of the American people support an approach that includes revenues and includes cuts. So the notion that somehow the American people aren’t sold is not the problem. The problem is members of Congress are dug in ideologically.

All right, Mr. President, introduce legislation — or even make a speech with a specific proposal for crying out loud — with a scorable proposal for raising taxes and let’s find out whether you have 80% of the public behind you.  Better still, try the Instapundit approach and propose tax increases on 80% of the public and see how that turns out. 

The person who is most “dug in ideologically” is Obama, who believes in his soul that taxes should be even higher on select persons — while many, many others pay no taxes or receive special tax breaks — as a matter of “fairness.”  He admitted as much in an early debate. 

Republicans, just call his damn bluff.  Obama has no game unless you give it to him.

UPDATE: Call his bluff.

As an aside, the “don’t call my bluff” thing is one of those comments that drives me crazy.  Not really about the president, but about the press corps (or as Obama would say, “press corpse”).  The first rule of bluffing is to not tell people you are bluffing.  The Most. Brilliant. President. EVER. misused the phrase so stupidly, yet the media acts as if he was boldly challenging the Republicans instead of accidentally admitting he doesn’t have a decent hole card. 

Imagine, once again, if Bush had so badly misunderstood and misused a common phrase like this.  The entire news cycle would have been dominated by commentary about how stupid he was.

Published in: on July 15, 2011 at 10:19 am  Leave a Comment  

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