by Emma X
I just love the Christmas stories
you humans tell each other.
|Blackwater Security did not discriminate |
among species; if you had money to spend, your
cause was righteous.
This was a strategy that worked well in the Bush years, when laissez faire was the password and no one was checking extra cartons on arms deals. If whole truckloads of cash could 'go missing' in Iraq you can imagine that a few extra shipments of weapons could be redirected for a few well-placed dollars. And investments in the war machine yielded a very cozy war chest. Oh, those were heady days.
|John Boehner's biggest opposition is not from|
across the aisle, but from inside his own party.
His Speakership may be on the line.
But today it appears that we are headed for a fiscal cliff. It might be a fiscal slope, or fiscal 2% grade. Who cares? World markets are emotional things, and the mere fact that the economic state of the world is in the control of petulant and emotional third graders masquerading as government officials is enough to send investments into a downward spiral. Things aren't looking good.
|Speaker Boehner says that Obama's tax proposals are|
a 'Christmas Fantasy'. Taxing rich people and leaving
entitlements intact will release flying velociraptors from
their murky lairs, ending freedom as we know it.
So what is John Boehner doing? Most polls show that about 60 to 70% of Americans want a compromise and will accept certain tax increases. The economy appears to be slowly but steadily improving. Most centrist Republican politicians and pundits have publicly stated that the party should accept a tax raise for the upper 2% in exchange for spending cuts yet to be named, and everyone should go home and enjoy their eggnog. But sadly, Speaker Boehner cannot control his own caucus, and Tea Party conservatives are keeping everyone from away from Christmas cheer.
Concerned Republican leaders made examples of hard core 'no tax' House Representatives blocking a possible compromise. The result was a minor revolt against Boehner's leadership. The Speaker will come up for re-election on January 3rd. Will he sacrifice his own Speakership for the common good, or will he allow the American to go over the much-touted fiscal cliff in an attempt to save his own career?
|Eric Kantor took advantage of Boehner's|
delicate position within a divided Republican
Party to quietly suggest that he might make a
better House Speaker. Yep, Its beginning to
look a lot like Christmas in Washington.
Meanwhile Boehner publicly blames the President for a lack of compromise. That might just be the case. The Democrats hold the advantage here. If America goes over the proverbial cliff, taxes automatically go up for everyone. While they are clearly not comfortable with the situation, they know full well that the Republicans are losing the PR battle on this one, so where is any incentive?
|An evil President Obama is using all of his|
dark tricks to subjugate the American financial
system and bend it to his will. That's Boehner's
story, and he's sticking to it.