Oh this is rich!
Like devil’s food cake rich. Or Scrooge McDuck rich. Or… Well, you get the picture…
It seems that President Obama and the Democrats really don’t want what they say they want. Their constant demands for fiscal responsibility (i.e. raising taxes) and Republican cooperation (i.e. Republican servility) have all been just a smokescreen.
That shows in Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s latest political ploy, which amounted to proposing they all actually vote on Obama’s plan of raising income taxes on everyone earning $250,000 or more. The President, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the rest of their ilk have been demanding that “the rich” pay their “fair share” of national expenses (i.e. shoulder even more of the brunt of government’s irresponsible spending habits) for quite some time now.
And McConnell finally stopped trying to reason with them.
“My recommendation is we give the president what he asked for,” he declared. And in so doing, he issued a challenge to the opposition: Shut up or put your money where your mouth is.
Ben Shapiro explains on Breitbart: “The strategy for McConnell and Republicans is simple: they want to show Americans that even Democrats recognize that the Bush tax cuts ought to be extended for all Americans. And Democrats want to avoid that vote, so they can continue posturing and conducting class warfare.”
But Democrats are notoriously bad at putting their money where their mouth is, a fact that McConnell fully recognized when he made the dare. So it certainly came as no surprise to him when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his band flat-out refused to do any such thing.
That’s not to say that they backed off of their talking points though. Reid still put all of the blame on Republicans, who he says have done nothing but “divert and deny and obstruct.”
McConnell couldn’t have expected anything else. But the example still serves a valuable lesson nonetheless…
Raising taxes on anybody, especially in a bad economy, isn’t going to do a bit of good. And even the Democrats know it.