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I haven't made a political post in a long, long time.

I'd make one now, except just thinking about it depresses me. I was not happy about the results of the midterm, needless to say... and I am even less happy, if possible, about this "compromise" that Obama has made with the GOP on taxes. From where I sit, it smells more like capitulation than compromise. Give a lot, get almost nothing.

Obama is the most intelligent president we've had since Jimmy Carter... and, sad to say, he is looking more and more like Jimmy every day. A good man, but not a good leader. At least not so far. He doesn't seem to have the stomach for a fight. We need another FDR, another JFK, another LBJ. NOT Jimmy II. (And, yes, I know, Obama has accomplished some important stuff. But so did Jimmy. Camp David accords, remember?)

Yeats was writing about his own time in "The Second Coming," I know, but sometimes I think he was prescient:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

And could that rough beast whose hour has come round at least be... Sarah Palin?

No, please. Tell me that's just a bad dream. Somebody wake me up.

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evil_lep
Dec. 17th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, the tax cuts were for everyone. The thing is, while the tax cuts for the middle class were helpful, rich people didn't need them. So the tax cuts that the Democrats objected to were the tax cuts for the wealthy.

See how that isn't actually refusing to admit a damned thing? And is, in fact, kind of sensible?

As for revenues going up in 2004... there are an awful lot of things involved there. If you go into the actual CBO report, you'll find that they couldn't see evidence that the tax cuts helped any significant amount. The thing that helped in 2004-2007 was that the economy was going through a bubble, and some small amount of the bubble was being taxed. Not enough to make it worth the pain after the bubble collapsed, of course, but the revenues did go up a little bit with the bubble.

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