The Left: Let's Go Over The Fiscal Cliff

Discussion in 'Politics' started by pspr, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. pspr


    If President Obama wants to get a deficit deal done to avoid the fiscal cliff, his biggest challenge won't be Republicans, but his own hard-core left-wing supporters.

    Two days after the election, Obama's favorite economist, Paul Krugman, set the tone for the intransigent left in a column titled: "Let's not make a deal." Boiled down, his advice to Obama was this: Don't give in to any Republican demands, even if doing so would "inflict damage on a still-shaky economy." After all, Obama would be better positioned to "weather any blowback from economic troubles."

    Krugman's advice may be disturbingly cold and calculating, but he has plenty of company on the left.

    Robert Kuttner, co-founder of the liberal American Prospect magazine, suggests Obama should just sit it out, let all the Bush tax cuts expire, the automatic spending cuts kick in and expect public pressure to force Republicans to give in entirely.

    The left-wing Daily Kos called any kind of "grand bargain" between Obama and the GOP a "Great Betrayal."

    And several Democratic lawmakers have suggested that the correct approach would be to let the country go over the fiscal cliff, since that will only strengthen Obama's position. "It's a hand Democrats are looking forward to playing," according to the liberal Huffington Post "news" site.

    And Republicans are supposed to be the ones who refuse to compromise?

    What has liberals freaked out is the fact that any deal with Republicans will likely include cuts to their cherished entitlement programs.
  2. SS and Medicaid are untouched by the fiscal cliff. Medicare will see a slight 2% cut.

    Stephen Hawking is still alive.
  3. Lucrum


    You're in England, why would you care?

  4. Mav88


    party over country

    I hope they do it since dumb-ass krugman just played their hand. people are a little smarter than he gives them credit for
  5. Mav88


    Obama during debates:

    1. He signed the Budget Control Act in 2011, now he doesn't own it? why thinking people like this sort of slimy jackassery is beyond me

    2. He stated flatly it will not happen, now the left wants him to let it happen. The question is will anybody make issue of another falsehood or broken promise

    the glorius ends justify your means, eh lefties?
  6. I can fix that. :eek: