Word is slowly seeping out for Washington about a grand bargain being worked out between Barack Obama and John Boehner.
As we hear about the negotiations, the obvious question to be asked is, does Boehner and the Republican leadership in the House even have a clue?
What is going on that is so dangerous?
The Republicans are going to surrender on taxes. According to published reports a deal is going to be made. It is your typical Republican deal. The GOP will agree to a trillion in new taxes and there will be spending cuts in the future.
When will the Republican Party learn that tomorrow never comes?
The Republicans have made these kinds of deals before. In 1986, Ronald Reagan agreed to Amnesty for an estimated three million illegal aliens. The deal was amnesty today and a sealed border tomorrow.
Twenty-six years later the border is still not sealed.
Now the Republicans want to make the same kind of deal.
Wait, didn’t they do that last year?
Yes. Yes they did.
Anyone remember the debt ceiling crisis of August 2011?
Anyone remember John Boehner’s great stroke of genius?
He would give Obama $2 trillion more to borrow in exchange for a promise of spending cuts. Either the Democrats would agree to spending cuts or automatic spending cuts would kick in. These spending cuts disproportionately hurt national defense and other programs that Republicans allegedly believe in.
What about the programs of the Nanny State? Their growth would be slowed only a little.
That was last year.
Now that day has come and what is the GOP doing? It is running around like Chicken Little screaming the sky is falling and asking Obama for his terms of surrender. Obama has already gone through that $2 trillion and is going to be asking for more. John Boehner is ready to surrender on taxes that will not reduce the deficit but will only fuel additional government spending.
Does anyone in the Republican Party bother to looks at history? George H.W. Bush broke his infamous “read my lips” pledge. He went from 90% approval a little more than a year before the election to being soundly defeated by Bill Clinton.
Breaking his “read my lips” pledge was one of the main reasons he lost.
On November 6, John Boehner showed up at the Republican Victory Party in Washington DC. He was ecstatic. He would have another two years as House Speaker. He said the Republicans were the party of less government, less spending and lower taxes.
Under John Boehner, we could say the Republicans are the party of gullible fools.
We know what the plan to raise taxes will do to the economy. For Obama and the Democrats, this is like winning the lottery.
They knew raising taxes was such a bad idea they did not want to do it before Obama ran for reelection. Now the circumstances are perfect. John Boehner and the Republicans will go along with the Obama-Boehner Tax Hike. It will give the Democrats perfect cover.
When the economy tanks even worse than it is already tanking, and Republicans want to run against the Great Obama Depression, the Democrats will be able to say not so fast. You own this depression as much as we do. Minutes after Obama and Boehner shake hands over the deal that video footage will be in the archives of the DNC to be used as ammo in attack ads against any Republican who challenges the Democrats on the economy.
Even worse for Republicans, this deal with destroy the base.
As reports come out that John Boehner and the House leadership are considering a grand bargain with Democrats, many rank and file Republicans are now openly talking about leaving the Party.
Christmas is coming early for the Democrats. 2014 is the Republican’s best chance for taking control of the Senate in the next two or three election cycles. Yet the GOP is doing everything possible to depress its base and possibly shatter the party.
Meanwhile, the Obama, Pelosi, Reid axis of fiscal evil is laughing all the way towards a permanent Democrat Majority in government.