What Obama Means by "Calling Their Bluff" [Stephen Spruiell]
Today (6/27/10) at the meeting of the G20, leaders of the advanced economies announced their intention to "halve deficits by 2013 and stabilize or reduce government debt-to-GDP ratios by 2016." President Obama said:
Somehow people say, why are you doing that, I'm not sure that's good politics. I'm doing it because I said I was going to do it and I think it's the right thing to do. People should learn that lesson about me because next year when I start presenting some very difficult choices to the country, I hope some of these folks who are hollering about deficits and debt step-up because I'm calling their bluff. We'll see how much of that, how much of the political arguments that they're making right now are real and how much of it was just politics.The article goes on to say that the "difficult decisions" President Obama will resort to are going to be broad based tax increases, even on the people who make less than $250K (you remember, the people he said he would never raise taxes on). Obama will call any Republican who complains that he broke his "pledge" about the tax increases, a "hypocrite" who doesn't really want to fix the problem.
...if you oppose the way Obama wants to fix the problem, then he will say you must be opposed to fixing the problem, even if you've put forward your own competing solution or solutions to the problem.
Why wait until next year???
Here's Rep. Eric Cantor's response to President Obama's "bluff calling" remark:
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Some people may think it's futile to even bother voting in YouCut; nothing has come of it yet. Remember, there are more Dems in the House and if you check out the list of Representatives who voted yes or no on the cuts, you probably will find the votes are usually down party lines. Oh yes, the names and votes are listed on the site.
Eric Cantor says the GOP is serious about cutting spending. OK, let's take advantage of Rep. Cantor's program and send President Obama and the Dems a message. Let's vote every week...the more people the better. That way they'll know we're serious and we expect them to do their jobs. After all, who's the boss here?
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Breitbart article by Eric Cantor.