In response to:

Obama Barreling Toward Real Fiscal Cliff

PammyFaye Wrote: Dec 04, 2012 1:29 PM
I agree with Joe 145 - the president would not get the blame. The Republicans would be blamed because they wouldn't raise taxes on "the rich". Simple as that. Never mind that if the government seized ALL of the income of the top 1% or 2%, it would barely make a dent in the deficit. We know that - but most voters don't. Unless the GOP gives 0bama everything he wants, they will be blamed for the economy not being able to recover. And we know that if they DO give him everything he wants, the economy will collapse. I say that's what we do. We're going to hell anyway - might as well speed things up so we can start the cleanup sooner.
Some commentators wonder why President Obama always engages in brinksmanship. Why can't he meet Republicans halfway, like Clinton did, they ask. Let me try to respond.

One blogger suggests that Obama prefers to play chicken, taking the nation right to the edge of a fiscal disaster because it will increase the likelihood that the GOP will cave. Perhaps, but there's more to it.

Many of us warned that Obama is not, by nature or ideology, a conciliator. He is not a centrist, and he's not someone who is interested in the other side's ideas. He knows what he wants to do, and he...