Wouldn’t it be nice for Republicans to turn the tables on President Obama and Democrats; to stand back, give them all they want in raising taxes, continued spending on entitlements, full Obamacare, and amnesty for illegal immigrants, and then relish in the fallout that ensues? In a perfect world, watching Democrats hang themselves with the rope we give them should ensure a Republican victory in 2016.
The vast majority of you said no to our poll question: “Should House Republicans compromise with Democrats and agree to trade increased taxes for budget cuts?” The poll also elicited some colorful new ways to say no on my Facebook wall! And though I happen to agree, no way should Republicans compromise, there is a part of me – perhaps you, too – that wants to see Obama voters get exactly what they wished for.
However, the brilliant columnist Victor Davis Hanson offers a solution we may all agree on in a National Review article called, “Let Obama Be Obama.” It appears to be a way to compromise on compromise.
Hanson said Republicans should forget the raging debate over raising taxes on those making $250,000 a year, who we know includes many small business owners.
“Instead,” he wrote, “why not agree to hike federal-income-tax rates only on the true ‘millionaires and billionaires,’ ‘fat cats,’ and ‘corporate jet owners’ whom Obama has so constantly demonized.”
“Eight out of the ten wealthiest counties in the United States voted for Obama,” he added. “Corporate lawyers and the affluent in Hollywood and on Wall Street should all not mind ‘paying their fair share.’” (I wonder if Michael Moore would squeal if he had to pay 40 percent in taxes.)
As for the DREAM Act, a topic for which Republicans were vilified as “nativists” and slammed by the Latino vote, Hanson suggested conservatives could, “allow a pathway to citizenship for the play-by-the-rules millions who qualify, while regrettably enforcing an un-DREAM Act for others who just recently arrived illegally; enrolled in, and have remained on, public assistance; or have been convicted of a crime.”
As he points out, “Who could object to that fair compromise?”
In the end, Hanson said, Republicans should insist on “equality for all” by ending all Obamacare exemptions, including the 1,200 granted to “favored corporations and unions,” rather than attempt to overturn the entire law. (I can see union head’s spinning around already: “What? Obamacare is good for you, not for me!”)
With such compromises, Republicans could then hold Obama’s and Democrat’s feet to the fire, demanding they agree to cut their habitual, out-of-control spending. Watch them squirm then!
Alas, only in a perfect world…
Read VDH’s “Let Obama Be Obama.”