It’s getting hard to tell who really favors and opposes the Obama-Republican tax compromise. The righty Heritage Foundation originally came out in favor but says in a new statement this a.m. that it opposes the deal, which, upon careful reading and further reflection, turns out to be larded up with “goodies progressives in the Congress are now busily adding.”
One can’t help suspecting that Heritage is fine with the deal, as originally negotiated by Obama and the Repub leadership, but if liberals are going to balk and ask for sweeteners, it’s best to threaten to bring down the whole deal and, as this Heritage piece does. It warns that both:
The public will blame the Dems if the deal falls through and everyone’s taxes go up on Jan. 1 and
The new incoming Repub majority will soon enact a much better version of the deal, from the righty perspective. (You would think that the Repubs had just won complete of the federal government, rather than just control of one house of the Congress.
I commend the whole Heritage essay to your attention, as a great example of certain rhetorical devices of the right. For those who don’t click through, a couple of my faves:
Heritage: “Liberals in Congress are walking away even from that deal, and are holding the country hostage to their hatred of those they call ‘the rich.’ “ Presumably, through Heritage’s eyes, the top two percent of the country’s taxpayers are not rich. I would also note that those liberals who are “walking away” from the deal have always opposed it and have been saying for some years that they would not vote to extend the Bush tax cuts for the top bracket. It’s Heritage that is reversing itself on the deal.
Heritage: “It’s baffling that, two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the left has held fast to its belief that penalizing success will somehow incentivize hard work and produce wealth.” Wow. The Communist card. It may be possible to discern small differences between life behind the Iron Curtain in Stalin days and the hellish life that would ensue in middle America if the marginal rate on the top two percent returned to where it was in sad, grey 1990s America, but we get the point.
Heritage: “Of course, the pain of an Obama-Pelosi-Reid tax hike would be somewhat lessened by the fact that they would hopefully be temporary. As Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said on Fox News Sunday yesterday, the first order of business next month for the incoming Tea Party House of Representatives will be to undo the tax hikes the Lame Duck Congress may be about to pass this week. (We would have preferred to have seen that first order of business to be the repeal of Obamacare, but given the circumstances, throttling that unbearable act must move to the second spot.)” It’s official. The Tea Party House Representatives. I actually had the impression that Tea Partiers were somewhat torn between their attraction to tax cuts and their attraction to deficit reduction.
Anyway, there’s a lot more good stuff in there.