It is becoming clearer and clearer that Barack Obama wants America to charge over the fiscal cliff so he can indict Republicans later. After House Speaker John Boehner submitted the Republican proposal, senior administration officials blustered that Boehner’s proposal wasn’t serious enough to merit a counter-proposal.
Obama isn’t serious about the deficit. As has been repeatedly pointed out, his raising of taxes on the upper 2% of the populace would only fund the government for eight days. Any meaningful attempt to cut the deficit would require cuts in entitlements, which Obama absolutely refuses to do. Thus it is clear Obama has no desire at all to fix the deficit that threatens the country; he simply wants an excuse to destroy the Republican Party, and the fiscal cliff is his opportunity to do just that by blaming them when it is he who is intransigent.
And the meme that the Obama Administration keeps hammering away with is that Republicans are being stubborn about raising taxes on the wealthy; White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said, “Until the Republicans in Congress are willing to get serious about asking the wealthiest to pay slightly higher tax rates, we won’t be able to achieve a significant, balanced approach to reduce our deficit.”
The White House is banking on the public’s gullibility; but what if Republicans simply point out the refusal of Obama to deal with the deficit with entitlement reform? They need to point out that Obama has no interest in safeguarding the future at all. The case is there for the Republicans to make.