President Obama and the tax cuts.

I am watching C-Span’s video of the President’s press conference. (Available at the site.)

President Obama is stuck in a situation. If he doesn’t do a deal with the Senate Republicans, he can’t get anything, because they are using the 60% rule (the filibuster) to threaten any measure that Obama or the Democrats propose.

[more in a bit]

[Update: What I liked about the press conference is that the President showed some emotion in answering his critics, of which another person I’m a fan of, Jane Hamsher at FireDog Lake, is one.

The President and the progressive left are having their spats over the last 18 months, but I still think you can be supportive of both!

The thing I did hear from Obama, and what I wanted to hear, was that he is committed to fighting the contemporary Republicans and their bullshit. That makes me feel a lot more confident that 2012 will be a good year for him. The State of the Union address should have one message to Speaker-designate Bo[e]hner, when he’s sitting up to the President’s right: “Welcome Back.” Most all of the problems Obama’s been dealing with since January 2009 were the creation of GOP policies going back ten years, and in some cases, thirty years. It’s time the GOP starts to solve them, rather than, as Obama says, “bombthrowing”.

Or heckling, more like it:

The heckler never really has to get in there and do. They just sit on the sidelines (or the balcony) and make their smart-ass remarks. Or propose alternatives that really are not realistic, and sometimes laughable, to boot.

This whole one about jamming up tens of millions of Americans’ tax situations, all on account of whether the extremely wealthy pay at a 35% rate or 39.6%; or if their dividends are taxed at 39.6% or –believe it!– 15%, has got to be the biggest farce going.

Practically, though, the President had no option but to punt that fight down into December of 2012, when he will either have lost the election, or be getting ready for his re-inauguration on January 20, 2013.]

18 thoughts on “President Obama and the tax cuts.

  1. —The thing I did hear from Obama, and what I wanted to hear, was that he is committed to fighting the contemporary Republicans and their bullshit.—

    LOL!
    It should be clear to even the most die-hard Obama supporters that the man is an empty suit.

    1. His favorable ratings are still materially higher than Bush’s were, when Bush had the pre-Lehman collapse economy.
      (47% Obama v. 33% Bush). Face it, George Bush was a disaster for America, which is now taking us years to fix.

    1. The Presidential election will be in November 2012. George W. Bush already served two terms. His father, though, still qualifies, having served just one.

      Barack Obama will be re-elected. If not, he will be in 2016.

  2. —PS no one misses George W. Bush or wishes he was still in office. He was a disaster.—-

    Which clearly shows how poorly Obama is doing if it’s a toss-up between Bush and Obama over which one would nab the White House if the election were held today. (see link above)

    —Barack Obama will be re-elected. If not, he will be in 2016.—

    No matter how you spin it Obama just isn’t politically suave enough to save his presidency and the Dems only hope is if the Rep are foolish enough to nominate S. Palin.
    And about his being nominated again in 2016 if he loses in 2012? That’s complete BS which I know you don’t seriously believe!

    1. I think the President has a solid core of support within the Democratic Party. He is also getting flak from some quarters of the party. Welcome to national politics–this thing has been going on as long as there has been a two-party system.

      Look at the Republicans:

      late 1860’s: radical reconstructionists versus those who wanted to appease the South
      1912: Taft versus the Bull Moosers
      1930’s-1950’s: isolationists versus internationalists
      1960’s: Rockefeller Republicans versus Goldwaterites
      1976: Ford v. Reagan

      Divisions within parties are nothing new. It should be no surprise that Obama, attempting to compromise with the Republicans (who won’t budge), is taking flak.

      Ken, I appreciate your readership, but most of your comments are just spun talking points. Not your own ideas, but something that a billionaire-financed shadow group, or the so-called Fox News, generated to stuff into the national dialogue. If you have your own take on the politics, then let me know. But I don’t want to be responding to nonsense talking points.
      1930’s:

  3. —Yes, this is the kind of stuff I want to see. You can imagine Mr. T doing that.—
    Oh, yeah Bad-Ass Obama. Come on! Do you really think anyone really bought that?

  4. More likely contrived and something his advisers pushed.

    The Obama fantasy is over and what we’re left with is just the man who simply isn’t a very savvy politician. In fact he’s forte as a public speaker seems overrated as well.

  5. –Ken, I appreciate your readership, but most of your comments are just spun talking points.–I don’t want to be responding to nonsense talking points.—

    I’m not just spinning something caught of FOX news. In fact I don’t watch TV. I am simply pointing out what I’ve read on-line and I make it a point to read all sides. You write, “I think the President has a solid core of support within the Democratic Party” as if that supposed to mean much. Kerry, McCain, Dole ect. all had a solid core of support within their party but you know as well as I do that’s just not enough which is why Obama would NEVER be nominated by the Dems in 2016 if he loses in 2012.

  6. —Divisions within parties are nothing new. It should be no surprise that Obama, attempting to compromise with the Republicans (who won’t budge), is taking flak.—

    Why should anyone be surprised? I’m certainly not.

    All politicians want to be re-elected and it’s finally dawned on Obama that he’s presidency is in trouble.

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