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GOP Strategic Retreat?

jimmylynn Wrote: Dec 08, 2012 1:34 AM
"The most valiant guy in this process is Speaker John Boehner. He's still trying to cut a deal that would extend all marginal tax rates, including for the upper brackets (he is absolutely determined to prevent an increase in top marginal tax rates, which would really damage the economy)..." I disagree that Boehner is valiant. I'm beginning to believe that Obama's real intent is to present a plan that is so far from reality that he knows Republicans will never cave and support it. He also knows that he will not consider anything that they present, as represented by his immediate rejection of a Republican plan already submitted to him without any indication of his willingness to discuss his concerns or changes to their plan.
jimmylynn Wrote: Dec 08, 2012 1:42 AM
It's also noteworthy to point out that Obama has scheduled 20 days of vacation during this critical time. A President that was negotiating in earnest would not schedule 20 days to be out of pocket when time was so crucial in reaching a deal. He's not anticipating making a deal. Why? Obama wants to go over the "fiscal cliff". Obama promised voters that if elected he would not raise their taxes by a single dime. He lied. Obama is not after raising taxes on the top earners, but on all Americans. He wants to go over the "cliff" so taxes will increase on all Americans and Republicans will take the fall for it. Any attempts later by Republicans to pass a Bill to restore the previous tax rates will be blocked by Senate Democrats.
Republicans are divided. President Obama won't budge. And more and more, it looks like the fiscal-cliff deadline of Dec. 31 will be missed.

It's now clear that Team Obama wants higher tax rates and revenue-raising tax-deduction caps to meet their $1.6 trillion revenue target. Spending cuts and entitlement reforms are vague to nonexistent. In fact, it could be that Obama not only rejects the across-the-board budget sequester, but that he actively seeks to raise spending, not cut it.

I guess it stands to reason that if you puff up his $800 billion revenue increase from last year, and double it to...