I’m sensing a patter developing in Washington: the Democrats create some made-up crisis, get their allies in the media to breathlessly report about it, propose bad legislation that they say will “fix” the problem, and then the Democrats and their media cronies pile on to the Republicans when they stand up for common sense and the health of the nation.
Eventually, overwhelming media pressure begins to translate into pressure from the public, who gets their news from the Democrat-controlled media, and the Republicans cave – always with some caveat so they can tell themselves they didn’t just get their asses handed to them, even though they did.
This is the third or fourth time it’s happened, and what John Boehner doesn’t seem to realize is that as long as he keeps caving, the Democrats will continue to use these tactics to get what they want.
The payroll tax cut extension is a bad idea, and just because the Republicans caved, with the caveat that they would make it less bad for businesses and payroll companies, that doesn’t make it okay. Now, we get to do this all over again in a couple of months – during an election year.
Instead of caving in to our partisan hack of a president and his allies in the media, John Boehner should have been holding a press conference every day accusing the Democrats of political chicanery, and shout from the rooftops about how they’re putting politics before the health of our nation. There is no reason, other than politics, to extend the payroll tax cut by two months. But going for the two month extension instead of the full year gives the Democrats another opportunity to smear Republicans during an election year, and that’s not an opportunity they’re going to give up lightly.
But at least President Obama gets to leave for his Hawaiian vacation before Christmas…so I guess it all worked out for the best in the end.
It doesn’t matter how long John Boehner holds out if the Democrats can count on him to eventually cave every time. If he’s going to cave, he may as well just do it quickly, and save the GOP the political embarrassment. Personally, I think this has gone on long enough. It’s time to get rid of John Boehner and put someone with some backbone into the position of Speaker. It seems that each and every time Boehner gets into a tussle with the Democrats, he ends up caving in to the pressure, and our nation ends up paying the price. No, really, the debt supercommittee was a great compromise. Just look at all the good it’s done.