President Barack Obama constantly talks about the need for Democrats and Republicans to work together and come up with a compromised plan to avert the fiscal cliff. However, in his latest action, he has made it perfectly clear that he has no intention of compromising anything and fully expects Republicans to cave in and agree to ALL of his DEMANDS. That’s why The Daily Caller referred to Obama as Demander-in-Chief.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has been caving in bit by bit to Obama’s demands, much to the ire of many Republicans. In his latest compromised proposal, he has offered to raise taxes on everyone making $1 million per year and extending the debt ceiling by another $1 trillion. The tax increases on the top earners would place most of them paying over 50% in federal, state and local income taxes and net the federal government an estimated $460 billion a year.
However, Boehner’s plan also called for spending cuts, which Obama keeps saying he’ll get to tomorrow, kind of like your kids will clean their rooms tomorrow, but tomorrow never comes. A year ago when we were in the same situation, Obama promised that if the GOP accepted his ‘compromised’ plan then that he would address spending cuts after the first of the year. That promise never happened and instead of trying to cut spending, he kept spending more and more.
In the compromised plan prior to this one, Boehner was offering to cut or eliminate mortgage interest and charitable donations tax deductions. This would have cost the average American family a huge chunk of money and put thousands of charities out of business.
Boehner has been presenting compromised plans that go against almost everything the Republican Party stands for and many in the GOP are not pleased. Boehner’s position as Speaker of the House next year is very much in jeopardy with the way he has been abandoning his party and constituents. That wouldn’t bother me one bit and as Boehner has been a wishy-washy leader anyway. I would much rather see someone like Paul Ryan or Darrell Issa replace Boehner as Speaker of the House as both men have the courage and backbone to stand up against Obama, the Democratic Party and their dictatorial demands.