Boehner cleaned Obama’s clock at the Battle of the Fiscal Cliff

As I wind down my month-long Florida vacation – the long vacation due in large part to Mr. Obama and his destruction of Healthcare which led to my early retirement- and head back to the chilly climes of the North, I searched for a good news piece. Many of us have been pretty hard on Boehner, so when I found this read, I thought O.K. let’s pass this one along. Any bright light these days so here we go:

In retrospect, at the Battle at Fiscal Cliff, Boehner took President Obama to the cleaners. He did it suavely, without histrionics. While Obama churlishly, and in a politically amateurish manner, publicly strutted about having forced the Republicans to raise tax rates on “the wealthiest Americans” Boehner, quietly, was pocketing his winnings.

Dazzled by Obama’s Ozymandias-scale sneer most liberals failed to notice that Boehner quietly made 99% of the Bush tax cuts permanent. As Boehner himself dryly observed, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board member Steve Moore, “”Who would have ever guessed that we could make 99% of the Bush tax cuts permanent? When we had a Republican House and Senate and a Republican in the White House, we couldn’t get that. And so, not bad.’”

“Not bad” is a resounding understatement. Dealt a weak hand, Boehner managed to 99% outfox, on tax policy, a president who had the massive apparatus of the executive branch, the Senate majority, and a left-leaning national elite media whooping it up for a whopping tax increase. Even more impressively, Boehner pulled it off with steady nerves while under heavy pressure from the anti-spending hawks in his own caucus. Full story at  Forbes

9 Responses to “Boehner cleaned Obama’s clock at the Battle of the Fiscal Cliff”

  1. Designs by Dianne Says:

    Glad you’ve been enjoying your ‘forced vacation’ in warmth Bunker!
    It’s nice to hear something on the positive note, but it all still seems so contrived. Why is it when taxes are raised it seems only to affect the real workers and producers, rather than the ones raising the taxes – who seem exempt? Dennis mentions “moving forward” along the lines of the positive rise. The ‘if then’ scenario – “If” we have those in office truly representing us “then” moving forward is a good thing, “if not” … as Reagan use to say, “Well ….”


  2. Steve Dennis Says:

    I guess we will take whatever good can come from this but it will depend on Boehner’s actions moving forward whether or not he really won anything.


  3. Jim at Asylum Watch Says:

    This is a first, Bunker. I find myself in disagreement with you on Boehner. IMO, Boehner is doing some serious spin here. The dact that the Bush cuts were made “permanent” instead of for a fixed period is a bit of a plus I suppose; But, neither Obama or the congresssional Democrats want to increase taxes (other than ending the payrroll tax hoiliday) on the middle class. So, to me it was a hollow victory, at best.

    Now, if Boehner and the House Republicans had stood their goround and let the country go over the fiscal clifff, the economy would have tanked and Obama and Company would have blamed the Republicans for causing the crisis to protect the wealthy. Sadly, that is what the country needed; a wake up call. The Republicans could have made the case: to Americans: “Don’t blame us for this crisis. You the American voters have been voting for underfunded socialist policies for years. Well, if that is what you want, then you have to pay for them like the people in Sweden or the UK, or any other European socialist coutry you seem to think is so much better than America. Now, if you don’t want to pay that much, then we have to cut the programs down to a size that you are willing to pay for. You can let us know your decision in the 2014 mid-term elections.”

    Sorry for the rant, my friend. That’s the mode I’m in today.


    • bunkerville Says:

      I realize the Points you made are well founded. But for sure will not the cliff arise again? If the House gets its act together..and keep in mind, the senate now must pass a budget, and we will have for the first time something to call them on.


  4. William Stout Says:

    That is refreshing news indeed and thank you for posting it. I have been growing more and more disillusioned with the Republicans and have even reduced the amount of money I had been donating to the GOP. Perhaps the GOP will get its act together and organize some opposition to the Democrats at long last.


    • bunkerville Says:

      Trying to find more optimistic posts these days is a real challenge. But indeed, this was a good deal on boehner’s part.


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