Friday, July 8, 2011

Out of the Box

Funny thing about Pandora's Box. Once she opened it, she couldn't get what had flowed out back in. A little like the negotiable items president Obama has let drop onto the table. Medicare. Medicaid. Social Security. The very items he promised were non-negotiable as a presidential candidate. The things that were never supposed to be "on the table." The leaders of the GOP are acting like terrorists, holding the country hostage. And instead of walking away, (as Representative Cantor did, in a rehearsed impulsive moment), and not negotiating with these fat cat thugs, the president flinches at first blush. You don't give in and give up before putting up a fight. Why no one can get through to t he GOP base and tell them that their leaders' tactics will only hurt them by burdening the middle and lower class even more than they already are, while continuing to enrich the top 2%, who are minimally taxed as it is. The GOP sham of saying increased revenues will hurt small business is so obvious, to everyone but those drinking the tea. In fact, damned near every argument on why taxes should not be raised for the wealthy can and has been debunked. Common Dreams ran a piece by Paul Buchheit on The 10 reasons not to tax the rich. And why they're all bad.--

The point is clear and the scenarios are only too obvious. The GOP represents the big business and the wealthy. They have stated their position and are visibly unmoving. The Democrats claim that they will not vote for anything that has the triumvirate of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in it. It is literally a matter of time before we know what the president said when he said, "Nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to." I'm not sure if the influence for that kind of quotable is Vince Lombardi or Yogi Berra. We will have to see if, unlike Pandora, the president can take off the table what he has put on it.

Personally, I don't have a good feeling.

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