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How President Obama Lost His Shirt to John Boehner

Buzz42 Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 11:36 PM
“A basic principle cannot be compromised without rejecting the principle altogether.” ( Ayn Rand) Boehner’s tiny tax increase on 1% of tax payers, in effect, rejected 100% the principle of no new taxes to support more spending. And the irony – Boehner immediately helped the Democrats spend nearly all of the new revenue on a wasteful, pork laden bill in the name of Super Storm Sandy by passing it in the House with a majority of Democrat votes. Casting Boehner as a conservative leader who has positioned himself to beat Obama on spending issues is a bigger stretch than a yapping Chihuahua winning a fight with a pit bull.

The House, under the leadership of Speaker John Boehner, has precipitated a postponement in the debt ceiling fight until May. This represents a strategic choice by Boehner to make the Sequester fight, not the debt ceiling fight, the next major engagement. Much of the mainstream media now is accusing Congress of “kicking the can down the road.” They are missing the strategic implications.

In retrospect, at the Battle at Fiscal Cliff, Boehner took President Obama to the cleaners. He did it suavely, without histrionics. While Obama churlishly, and in a politically amateurish manner, publicly strutted about having forced the Republicans...