‘what’s mine is mine, what’s yours is negotiable’

Charlie Cook (National Journal): Remember the old joke that ended with the punch line, “What’s mine is mine, and what’s yours is negotiable?” That seems to be the Republican position in the debt-ceiling debate now that House Speaker John Boehner has been forced to renounce any tax increases and, for that matter, any net revenue increases….

…Republicans don’t seem to understand the symbiotic relationships in this negotiation. Democrats hate entitlement cuts just as much as Republicans despise tax hikes. Likewise, just as Republicans dislike defense cuts, Democrats dislike domestic spending cuts. Yet, both are necessary. If Republicans expect Democrats to go along with entitlement cuts, the GOP has to be willing to go along with some revenue increases. If Republicans expect Democrats to swallow deep hits to domestic spending, the GOP has to swallow deep hits to defense. Instead, the Republicans’ position seems to be that they should be allowed to stand on their principles while Democrats are required to compromise theirs.

A deal to raise the debt limit will surely pass, and the United States will probably avoid default …. Republicans will be able to smugly walk away from the table knowing that they didn’t give an inch, but President Obama may well come out the winner. The public will see the president as having tried to negotiate a balanced approach whereby each side allowed its own ox to be gored and made sacrifices for the broader national good.

… What has happened is that the New Republican Party has come to hate taxes a lot more than it hates deficits and the country’s growing indebtedness. It has rewritten history to omit any acknowledgment that President Reagan, when it was necessary, went along with tax increases….

… To be sure, Obama would have had a very hard time selling real entitlement cuts and deep domestic spending cuts to the House and Senate Democratic caucuses that have grown more liberal by attrition and election losses over the past decade. Maybe he wouldn’t have succeeded. But we will never know, and the blame for Washington not stepping up to the plate will fall not on the Democrats but on the Republicans who flinched first….

Full article here

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5 Responses to “‘what’s mine is mine, what’s yours is negotiable’”

  1. 1 HooDatIS?
    July 15, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    these republicans are ruining the world i cant stand them at all

  2. 2 Ladyhawke
    July 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Who thinks it’s important that the United States raises the debt limit and gets our fiscal house in order:


    President Barack Obama
    Vice President Joe Biden
    Director Economic Council Gene Sperling
    OMB Director Jack Lew
    Congressional Budget Office
    Democratic Leadership and Members of Congress
    The American People
    Economist from both sides of the aisle
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernake
    Treasury Secretary Geithner
    Wall Street & Financial Institutions
    Simpson Bowles Commission
    Corporate America
    Small Business
    Chamber of Commerce
    Standard and Poors
    Global Investors
    Mayors from across the country


    Republican Party

    • 3 utaustinliberal
      July 15, 2011 at 9:02 pm

      Great compilation. A diverse group of people who might not share the same politics but know that when it comes down to braxtacks we come together for the good of the country. As the article says, Republicans are going to regret what they’ve done to the American people. Ever since PBO took the oath of office, they have been intransigent, bullheaded, uncooperative, a thorn in his side and above all downright ugly. All their transgressions have been building up and come 2012, the American people will decide they’ve had enough and kick them out.

      • 4 Ladyhawke
        July 15, 2011 at 9:46 pm

        Thorn in the side is right. Booman Tribune had a great post about just how exhausting it is dealing with the Republican Party. The last paragraph is priceless.

        Why Our Politics Are So Stressful

        If this country had any memory or valued a decent night’s sleep and healthy blood pressure, we would never elect these bastards to any office. They’re too stressful. They may be more radical than ever before, but it’s not like we haven’t been dealing with this nonsense for decades at this point.


  3. 5 Anonymous
    July 15, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    If the GOP punts on this issue I hope the Obama campaign is ready to run with it and help carry the Dem’s back to House majority with it. President Obama could promise that is he is given a House and Senate majority that his first business in 2013 would be to pass the $4T plan that the GOP was unwilling to.

    And he could too. First pass the revenue raises stand alone though the House. Now the Senate will filibuster. However if he then used the GOP in the House to cut spending that the progressives wouldn’t want. Than you take both to the Senate and pass them as a package deal – two separate votes would be necessary but it would only take 7-8 GOP Sens to pass the revenue raisers, and then 12-13 Senate Dems to pass the spending cuts.

    Run on the fact the Republicans will NEVER vote to raise revenues – they’ve proven as much. 80% of the population believes revenues should be part of the solution. He could further say, truthfully, that if the GOP keeps the House it will be two more years of getting nothing done on the debt issue. And that if Romney beats him, that there will be only funding cuts and the rich will get further tax cuts on the backs of seniors and the poor.

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