Mental midget Pat Toomey seems to be laying the groundwork for the Republicans to once again hand the election to the Democrats. It’s a fascinating thing to watch. It’s like he didn’t see this coming from the moment they signed the the compromise to allow for the debt ceiling to be raised.
Last year, the president wanted a blank check to raise the U.S. debt ceiling. Republicans wanted some guarantees that we would work toward some spending cuts to lower the debt burden. A political piss fight ensued. And the compromised was reached, that if a debt ceiling agreement isn’t reached, some draconian cuts would ensue. Much of this, especially the military cuts, were insisted upon by president Obama. That was last year.
Now, if we don’t come to an agreement these cuts will automatically take effect at New Years. The Dems are insisting that we raise taxes on the wealthy or they will force the cuts, which they insisted upon, to take place.
So, how are certain Republicans responding?
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) signaled Tuesday that Republican lawmakers may be left with no choice but to accept a deficit reduction deal that includes new revenues as the country approaches the “fiscal cliff.”
“It’s not clear to me that there may be another way to do it in the future,” Toomey said at a Brookings Institution discussion when asked about his party’s openness to raising taxes to avoid another fiscal crisis.
In January, nearly $600 billion in spending cuts and tax increases are scheduled to take effect unless Congress can come up with a legislative solution.
Toomey’s admission comes amid a growing chorus from top Democrats that they are not afraid to “go over” the fiscal cliff, putting the onus on their GOP colleagues to back a balanced cuts-and-taxes approach before the clock strikes midnight Dec. 31.
“If we can’t get a good deal, a balanced deal that calls on the wealthy to pay their fair share, then I will absolutely continue this debate into 2013,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) at Brookings earlier this month. Murray served as co-chair of the super committee.
I thought it understood that this was the plan to begin with. The Republicans have had a year to plan for this. And the rest of the rational world knew and understood that this is the strategy the Democrats would employ. Essentially, the Dems are threatening political suicide. All the Repubs have to do is pass a fiscal bill which keeps taxes in place coming from the House of Representatives. Make sure spending doesn’t increase beyond GDP growth. Show the American people what you’ve passed, and demonstrate how this is the best path forward. Done. Then the ball is in the Dems court. They can pass it or let the country fall off the cliff. They won’t. Recall, also, this can take place after the elections are decided, but not seated. Things can change significantly between now and then.
Still, the Democrats’ threats, and some Republican responses remind me of a hilarious Mel Brooks movie, “Blazing Saddles”. Hence, the picture.