Change I Am Learning to Believe In!
I still believe the tax cuts were wrong, on principle. I can admit when I am wrong. Now that all is said and done, those cuts sure seem to have born an awful lot of fruit that far outweighs their down side, IMHO.
Tax cuts for millionaires/billionaires suck on any level. In particular, I found the idea of giving tax cuts to a bunch of multi-millionaires from Wall Street even more distasteful. Especially given the fact so many of them were the very people that caused this economic crisis in the first place. Then to top it all off, after the Fed bailed them out, they gave themselves record bonuses. Ok. Ok…. I’ll knock off my continuing tirade and move on, for now. Those unpalatable tax cuts, to my mind, ended up making the following possible:
1. The end of DADT.
2. The passage of the NEW START treaty.
3. The passage of the 9/11 First Responders bill.
4. The extension of unemployment benefits.
As well as several other lesser-known bills like the Food Security Act.
I don’t think the merits of any of these bills need be discussed. You were either for them or against them. Either way, they passed on Obama’s watch. Up until the last week or so, Obama’s agenda from his 2008 campaign seemed to be quickly slipping away. Then in a whirlwind, he suddenly managed to push through a good chunk of those campaign promises and at the same time do something I view as far more important:
Devastate the GOP unity that had been holding everything up for the past two years.
You see, the GOP had been playing their “No” game all year long. It had been working like a charm. But I think they made one major strategic mistake; they took control of the House and made large gains in the Senate in the midterms. Suddenly, they had EXPECTATIONS! Up to that point they could just say, “Hey, we aren’t in control! What are we supposed to do?” But now they were going to be in control in a sense and their base, especially the tea party, would be expecting results. And the GOP rhetoric all campaign long had been TAX CUT EXTENSION OR DIE! That’s where I didn’t see the long-con. All I saw was a GOP that was getting pretty much everything they wanted over the next two years. I certainly didn’t think that would provide the necessary leverage to push everything else through. But it did and Obama did.
Once the GOP agreed to the tax compromise, they no longer had cover for their “Do Nothing” policy. And while some of them kept at it, the ones with half a brain realized that the real mandate of the election wasn’t GOP rule. It was,” GET SOMETHING DONE FOR A CHANGE!” Obama recognized that. DADT, START, Unemployment Insurance and the 9/11 first responders bill all had the support of the American people. There was enough support for all of them that all the Obama administration and the Dems had to do was give them the press they needed and let that momentum gain steam. And they did.
I never gave the idea of the Republicans breaking ranks a second thought. Coming out of the election, they looked completely unified and as crazy as ever. I just couldn’t wrap my mind around their unity eroding. And that is why I write a blog only a handful of people read (a few of which are my family) and Obama is our Commander in Chief. I was playing checkers and he was playing 10 moves ahead in a chess game. In the course of this lame duck session he has managed to address nearly all of the complaints I have made about his first two years. Mr. President, I was wrong and my hat is off too you sir!
All that being said, I will continue to critique your administration when I think you are wrong. That, after all, is what a representative government is all about. We hold those we elect to office accountable to the promises they make while they campaign. I think you have done some amazing things this month. However, I am still going to insist on a Public option. I’m going to insist on REAL Wall Street reform. I’m going to demand true Net Neutrality. But I also understand that these things take time and the small progresses I see in these issues are laying the foundation for larger progress. And after the week you’ve had I can say once again that you are, “Change I am learning to believe in!”
Oh yeah, as for the name of the site, Obamaisfailing… Sorry but that stays. He may not be failing now but he will again and i’ll be here to point that out OR be completely wrong again! Either way, I’m just a page view whore and it helps drive people here so…. Yeah, I’m a page view whore. 🙂