« Friday Morning News Dump | Main | CALL YOUR SENATOR: Porked-up Sandy Relief Bill Vote is Imminent »
December 21, 2012
The Death Of Boehner's Plan B- Meh
Let me say I'm not writing this from a Let It Burn perspective, I'm just looking at the actual state of play. Let me also say in looking at it from a GOP perspective, Plan B was probably the best play Boehner had left after screwing things up from the start.
That said nothing but some PR points were lost.
Supporters of Plan B like Gabe correctly point out that killing the bill does nothing to advance the cause of saving all the current tax rates. That's simply not on the table.
But supporters, again like Gabe, are also wrong when they say
Plan B prevents tax hikes for 99.81% of taxpayers, has permanent death tax relief, a permanent AMT fix, and permanent reforms to the marriage penalty.
Well it would have done all of that but only if Senate Democrats passed it and Obama signed it. That's a fanciful notion equal to the one they mock their opponents for.
Why in the world having won the White House and expanded their Senate majority would the Democrats simply cave into what the House GOP passes? This is especially unlikely considering it's not just a clean tax hike on millionaires but includes things they hate like the current death tax rate AND $242 Billion in cuts ABOVE the sequestration cuts.
I'm sure Democrats were just salivating at the chance to pass all that stuff they hate.
But wait! There's LESS!
Not only did Plan B include a ton of things the Democrats hate, it also offered nothing they like such as the payroll tax "holiday" or expansion of tax credits or new spending.
Why it's so obvious they would have jumped at that deal!
Passing it in the House alone was simply a public offer of good faith designed to have something to point to when Obama pushes the country over the cliff.
Now the GOP will take a greater publicity hit because they tried to do something and failed. They'd have been better off doing what the Senate did...nothing. The only difference between Harry Reid and John Boehner is that Reid didn't look like an ineffective jackass in the process of accomplishing nothing.
Speaking of Speaker Boehner, let's remember we have him to thank for a lot of this mess.
We're at this point because of the deal that Boehner and the GOP made in the summer of 2011 to avert hitting the debt ceiling. The $1.2 billion in cuts from sequestration everyone wants to avoid like the plague? That was our PRIZE.
But don't forget that during the debt hike debate and shortly after, Boehner kept talking to Obama about a "grand bargain". As part of that talk he put revenue on the table ($800 billion or so). Obama then demanded more revenue and the talks died.
And remember, the debt deal was supposed to be about SPENDING CUTS to more than offset the debt hike. Obama however pocketed Boehner's willingness to include new revenue as a concession and gave nothing back in return.
So the deal was cut last year setting up the fiscal cliff (the tax extensions, the payroll tax holiday, the death tax cut, and of course the looming sequestration cuts once the "Super Committee" failed). The GOP was betting Mitt Romney or some other Republican would beat Obama. That was....unwise.
Now here we are.
Again, Boehner went first right after the election saying revenues were in play. In exchange for repeating this concession he got....nothing from Obama. Well, he did get a laughable and insulting offer from Obama.
Then Boehner conceded that tax rates not just revenue would have to go up. Again, he got nothing from Obama.
So tired of negotiating with himself, he decided to negotiate with his own conference. And last night he lost that negotiation.
This is the second time Boehner has had to pull a high profile bill from the floor because he badly misread his caucus. Perhaps he shouldn't have decided to pull members from committees two weeks before he desperately needed their votes, huh?
I fell bad for Boehner, he'd be a fine Speaker if the GOP had control of the White House and the Presidency and he just had to make the trains run on time. He is not however cut out to be the lead negotiator for a minority that only controls the House.
Sometimes when playing poker you get into a hand you are doomed to lose but you can do well by minimizing your loss. Good players do this so they can live long enough to get a good hand. Boehner has a nasty habit of finding a way to lose the maximum possible on every hand.
I doubt he will get a challenge but I wonder if he'll resign. This clearly isn't his thing and he's been rebuffed more than once by his own side. Maybe a new voice in the room would help.
Jean: "They let women who didn't kill their babies at the ..."
Bigby's Ouija Board: "i read that infantry guy's post a few nights ago. ..."
Bruce: "Morning report now available ..."
Jean: " Out of the blue, she said, 'I don't want to go ov ..."
FenelonSpoke: "Typo-decided to have the baby. ..."
FenelonSpoke: "I think it's a mixture of things. Yes, it's about ..."
Jean: "31 Separate boning missions against isis on Sunday ..."
George Soros: "Who is generous enough to cover the bus charter fo ..."
RickZ: "[I]My BIL said she didn't seem so anti-male when t ..."
FenelonSpoke: "The local town rag says about the march-quoting on ..."
Tim in Illinois Red County Rebel: "Well just "duh" to me. Carl Sandburg Kooledge is i ..."
Village Idiot's Apprentice [/i] [/s] [/b]: ""My BIL said she didn't seem so anti-male when the ..."
The Morning Report 1/23/17
Sunday Overnight Open Thread (1/22/17)
CBD-Less Food Thread
Sunday Morning Book Thread 01-22-2017
Open Thread for Politics
Overnight Open Thread (21 Jan 2017)
Sean Spicer Blasts the Press
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Real Clear Politics
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Primary Document: The Audio
Paul Anka Haiku Contest Announcement
Integrity SAT's: Entrance Exam for Paul Anka's Band
AllahPundit's Paul Anka 45's Collection
AnkaPundit: Paul Anka Takes Over the Site for a Weekend (Continues through to Monday's postings)
George Bush Slices Don Rumsfeld Like an F*ckin' Hammer
Top Top Tens
Democratic Forays into Erotica
New Shows On Gore's DNC/MTV Network
Nicknames for Potatoes, By People Who Really Hate Potatoes
Star Wars Euphemisms for Self-Abuse
Signs You're at an Iraqi "Wedding Party"
Signs Your Clown Has Gone Bad
Signs That You, Geroge Michael, Should Probably Just Give It Up
Signs of Hip-Hop Influence on John Kerry
NYT Headlines Spinning Bush's Jobs Boom
Things People Are More Likely to Say Than "Did You Hear What Al Franken Said Yesterday?"
Signs that Paul Krugman Has Lost His Frickin' Mind
All-Time Best NBA Players, According to Senator Robert Byrd
Other Bad Things About the Jews, According to the Koran
Signs That David Letterman Just Doesn't Care Anymore
Examples of Bob Kerrey's Insufferable Racial Jackassery
Signs Andy Rooney Is Going Senile
Other Judgments Dick Clarke Made About Condi Rice Based on Her Appearance
Collective Names for Groups of People
John Kerry's Other Vietnam Super-Pets
Cool Things About the XM8 Assault Rifle
Media-Approved Facts About the Democrat Spy
Changes to Make Christianity More "Inclusive"
Secret John Kerry Senatorial Accomplishments
John Edwards Campaign Excuses
John Kerry Pick-Up Lines
Changes Liberal Senator George Michell Will Make at Disney
Torments in Dog-Hell
The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Movable Type 2.64