History seems to be repeating itself in Washington, whether it is the debt ceiling, the fiscal cliff or now, the subject of sequestration. I am predicting another last minute (poor) deal or extension to avoid drastic spending cuts from going into effect, but the real question is: why does this keep happening?
Like some of you, I have been volunteering registering people to vote during this election season. This involves mailings, phone banking and my personal favorite method, canvassing…which resulted in the exchange I had this past weekend.
On Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner mentioned a new report released by Ernst & Young, citing that allowing the Bush tax cuts to lapse would result in the loss of 700,000 jobs.
I have seen this pop up in my Facebook newsfeed as well. One individual even linked to the report through The Heritage Foundation, which would be the equivalent of showing your friend that the Gulf oil spill is actually not as bad as everyone says and then linking to the BP site.
Last year’s raising of the debt ceiling was an unnecessary national media circus that showcased the thick-headed selfishness of the GOP and the lack of strong will among the Democratic Party.
A wave of Tea Party catering Republicans complicated the debt ceiling talks, refusing to accept any form of tax increase. Watching the GOP open themselves up to the manipulation of the Tea Party had me questioning whether I was watching CSPAN or Star Trek II.
Conservative voters have already begun to chatter about Obama’s potential re-election and the onslaught of taxes that would hit the middle class if it were to happen. As I type this, the conservative news site,The Blaze is running a story titled “Tax Bombshell: If Re-elected, Would President Obama Raise Taxes For Middle Class?”