In response to:

Fiscal Cliff Creates Problems That Don't Faze Obama

Pat2387 Wrote: Dec 13, 2012 4:53 PM
Obama's motivation is the transformation of America into a socialist democracy, a la western Europe. That's his goal. Nothing else matters. He wants his legacy to be that transformation, not an economic recovery. He could care less if we go off the fiscal cliff. A prerequisite to that transformation is the destruction of political opposition and the neutering of conservatives for generations to come. That's where this episode fits into his plans. While Republicans are twittering about trying to convince America their ideas are right (an argument they just lost last month!), Obama's setting the trap to make them the scapegoats for the fiscal cliff and ensuing economic recession. All he has to do is sit back and blame Congress...
TunTavern Wrote: Dec 13, 2012 5:11 PM
The third part of the plan would be to ignite a civil war among the right wing...to turn the Tea Party and the GOP against each other once and for all.
And that's already happening. Read the comments on any forum discussing the fiscal cliff and you'll see the Tea Party ranting about Boehner and the "RINO's."

In 2016, it's highly likely that the Tea Party will run a third party candidate. Thus splitting the vote of the right and making it even easier for the democrats to win.
Is Barack Obama bluffing when he threatens to go over the fiscal cliff if Republicans refuse to agree to higher tax rates on high earners?

Some analysts think so. Keith Hennessey, a former top staffer for the Bush White House and Senate Republicans and a veteran of budget negotiations, argues that Obama's whole second term would be blighted if he allows the fiscal cliff tax increases and sequestration budget cuts to take place next month.

His argument is based on three assumptions. One is that going over the fiscal cliff would trigger a sharp recession and a weak economy thereafter. Many...