More stimulus spending and authority to increase the debt limit by executive decree? Uh huh, that should work wonders for bringing down the deficit:

The Obama administration’s opening bid on Thursday in negotiations to avert a year-end fiscal crunch included a demand for new stimulus spending and authority to unilaterally raise the U.S. borrowing ceiling, a Republican congressional aide said.

The proposal, made by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to congressional Republican leaders on Capitol Hill, was seen as offering little the Republicans could agree to and was greeted with laughter, the aide said.

“We can’t move any closer to them because they’re not even on our planet,” the aide said. “It was not a serious proposal.”

The White House actually said they were surprised at the Republicans’ reaction to their offer — an offer that was the equivalent of “Ok, how about this: We bang your girlfriend and we’ll let you watch. Deal?”

At this point I vote along with others to just go off the cliff. I know that’s probably what Obama wants, but at least some people would be introduced to the concept of actually being forced to pay for all the stuff they voted for. Watching some of them whine incessently about being forced to pay for their “free” stuff might be one of the more entertaining uses I’ve ever seen a tax increase put towards.

Jim Geraghty at NRO (h/t AoS):

At this moment, Republicans in Congress need to examine which presents a more dire threat to the country:

A) A double-dip recession driven by the sequester and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts, or

B) the public’s belief (verified through polling) that our giant debt, our ticking time bomb of entitlements, and our gargantuan government can be solved by “asking the richest Americans to pay a little bit more,” as Obama insists.

Option A is terrible, but Option B is the giant locked door blocking all of the real solutions.

So if we must have tax hikes, let the tax cuts for every income level expire and let everyone of every income level pay higher taxes. Destroy the illusion among so many voters that they can get all the government they want without paying more in taxes.

Raising taxes a little on “the rich” is not a solution to anything — not that it’s intended to be:


8 Responses to “Obama’s Opening Offer: More Stimulus Spending and Unilateral Authority to Raise the Debt Limit”

  1. jeffythequick on November 30th, 2012 7:39 pm

    Plus, lets get rid of Article I of the US Constitution! Might as well, since they're not moving FORWARD!


  2. SignPainterGuy on November 30th, 2012 8:35 pm

    You just know it eats Barry & Co. up to know they can`t get all they want with the mere wave of the hand or the spoken word !

    I`ve long believed that Barry studied our Constitution to figure out how to circumvent it, not work within its confines. It is obviously an impediment to his agenda.

  3. Granny55 on November 30th, 2012 10:15 pm

    What we have here is what a truly uneducated electorate voted for. They pulled the lever and walked away to pick up their free sh!t. And the rest of us, who foot the bill, have to live with what they gave us. I am pissed! If we walk away from this fiscal cliff we are going to get the blame anyway but…… those uneducated idiots are going to end up with more free stuff and I am going to get an even bigger bill for it and be blamed all at the same time. Wow – how is that fair? I am truly afraid of what the next four years will bring as our RINO's cave to every whim of this fake leader.

  4. Marshall_Will on November 30th, 2012 10:17 pm

    "I know that’s probably what Obama wants,"

    It's what he THINKS he wants! Sure he wants to Crash The System, but I know plenty of put upon [former] middle class folks on the verge of civil revolt as we speak. Screw the 'port' strikes, you'll see NATIONAL strikes because he's not the only one that can pull stunts on days that end in Y.

    We'll be right back to Fall '08, AIG, Lehman/Bear Sterns/Merrill/about 1,000 finance related co's on the verge of massive cross default. This is where you have money in your acct. but your ATM just isn't working!

    Golly prezzy fiss' bump, what's the point of showing up at work if your paycheck/direct deposit BOUNCES? He knows the graph Doug's vid depicts is 100% accurate. Failing to deal w/ the Cliff at this point is tantamount to economic terrorism. As MM notes, Surf's Up! Hawaii here we come!

  5. Granny55 on November 30th, 2012 10:18 pm

    He has utter contempt for the constitution – that is why he is a clear and present danger to our country. I am thinking he would rather scuttle it as a whole if he could and impose his own set of rules. Ya know …… unfettered power over the people.

  6. Marshall_Will on November 30th, 2012 11:00 pm

    Not those aren't all very REAL possibilities, I'll address. At this point, we Conservatives should all care LESS 'who' gets the blame. When the debt bomb goes off, the splatter effect will be universal. It won't matter.

    There ARE no more freebies TO dole out. Doug featured recently where the OH family sevices dept. is ALREADY scaling back on foodstamp payouts. $50 *reductions* I believe the OIHO article alluded to. Cheers! 47%'ers!

    In skimming MM's newsletter and the way they're stepping it up, clearly a coordinated pre-emptive counter strike can be only (1) more Oppressive trial balloon away. We'll literally be elbowing our "elected representatives" aside.

    We're still in the majority. We ALSO have something OWS'ers and single gov-dependent 'moms' DON'T have! Namely skin in the game and actual f-a-m-i-l-i-e-s! We have so much more at stake than a here today gone tomorrow handout program. I have healthy respect and fair concern, but a fatalistic view? NEVER..!

  7. ChapBix on December 2nd, 2012 5:38 pm

    "The White House actually said they were surprised at the Republicans’ reaction to their offer — an offer that was the equivalent of “Ok, how about this: We bang your girlfriend and we’ll let you watch. Deal?”"

    "After which we will put the gun to your head and pull the trigger. How do you like those nuggets?"

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