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Coulter: Republicans Should Cave on Tax Hikes Because "We Lost the Election"

jimmylynn Wrote: Dec 07, 2012 4:48 PM
"Krauthammer suggests that House Republicans jump over the cliff with Obama, let all the rates go up, then immediately pass across-the-board tax cuts when the new Congress convenes. He reasons that the president might be forced to relent because the public would be up in arms over the tax increases... But I'm not so sure. ...the public is poised to blame Republicans if negotiations fall through. ..much of the public outrage ..would be directed at the GOP. Sure, they could pass their tax cuts until they're blue in the face, but those bills would die in the Senate -- and the media won't blame the Senate..... Continue....
jimmylynn Wrote: Dec 07, 2012 4:49 PM
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"...They could vote with Democrats to lower most of the rates back to previous levels, while simply not acting to restore current rates for the rich -- pledge intact, technically."
Teeing Up the Middle Class
“Few of President Obama’s 2008 campaign pledges were more definitive than his vow that anyone making less than $250,000 a year “will not see their taxes increase by a single dime” if he was elected. And he was right, very strictly speaking: It’s going to be many, many, many billions of dimes."
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204313604574328552267381152.html

What Obama is doing is very sly. He is preparing the ground work for breaking a campaign pledge and setting Republicans up to take the fall for it.
jimmylynn Wrote: Dec 07, 2012 4:49 PM
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"...They could vote with Democrats to lower most of the rates back to previous levels, while simply not acting to restore current rates for the rich -- pledge intact, technically."
Teeing Up the Middle Class
“Few of President Obama’s 2008 campaign pledges were more definitive than his vow that anyone making less than $250,000 a year “will not see their taxes increase by a single dime” if he was elected. And he was right, very strictly speaking: It’s going to be many, many, many billions of dimes."
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204313604574328552267381152.html

What Obama is doing is very sly. He is preparing the ground work for breaking a campaign pledge and setting Republicans up to take the fall for it.
jimmylynn Wrote: Dec 07, 2012 4:50 PM
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If Republicans went over the cliff with Obama, they'd receive the blame for tax rates rising for everyone. Obama would then have them where he wanted them. Obama wants all tax rates to rise without appearing to have raised them himself. Remember his campaign speech that if he were elected he swore middle class taxes would not go up a single dime?
I agree with all the following statements except the last one. Democrats will not vote to lower tax rates back to previous levels. When Republicans, thinking their plan was working, passed a bill to lower tax rates back down for the middle class....they would have the naive belief that Democrats would be frantic to follow their lead...."
jimmylynn Wrote: Dec 07, 2012 4:51 PM
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"....but Senate Democrats will block it as their plan unfolds, to keep the tax rates on the middle class higher. Republicans would still get the blame for not avoiding the cliff initially. Democrats not only succeed at raising the tax rates for those over $250,000 but for everyone."

Hannity to Coulter: "You sound like Obama." Fightin' words:
 


 

SH: So are you saying that, for PR purposes, that they should give in to Obama on the tax rate?
AC: Not exactly, I--Well, yeah, I guess I am. 
SH: You're saying capitulate to Obama? We don't have a revenue problem, Ann.
AC: We lost the election, Sean.  


Hannity seems genuinely flummoxed by Coulter's capitulatory attitude, but does she have a point?  Recent polling has been gruesome...