President Obama’s embrace of a bipartisan breakthrough on contentious debt talks may have doomed the deal.
Obama went out of his way to hail a $4 trillion proposal unveiled Tuesday by a bipartisan “Gang of Six” senators, calling it “a very significant step” that mirrors the balanced, pain-for-all approach he has pressed in negotiations to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling and curb runaway spending.
But a high-ranking Republican aide told Politico.com that Obama’s cheerleading would immediately turn off conservatives in the Republican-controlled House.
“Background guidance: The President killed any chance of its success by 1) Embracing it. 2) Hailing the fact that it increases taxes. 3) Saying it mirrors his own plan,” a GOP leadership aide e-mailed to Politico’s Playbook.
Obama Thursday had crowed about the prospects of the “Gang of Six” deal crafted by Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin (Ill.), Kent Conrad (N.D.) and Mark Warner (Va.), and GOPers Tom Coburn (Okla.), Mike Crapo (Idaho) and Saxby Chmabliss (Ga.).
Glad to see that all the rich people are gonna literally force the collapse of the economy bc they don’t wanna pay more taxes, sometimes I wonder what all these multiple-millionaires and billionaires are doing with their loads of cash, huge mansions, fancy drivers, secret wars, etc. Like do they honestly think for a second that if they have to pay more taxes their gonna be ‘hurting’ financially, if a good amount in the lower class and middle class can pay all the taxes they have to pay, I’m sure the wealthy can spare a couple hundred thousand a year in taxes. Fucking Christ, it’s like we need a modern day Robin Hood or something.
(Source: inothernews, via ommegang)