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The time to fight arrives.
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WILL: I’ll tell you why. There are only about three liberals in the country — and you’re one — who aren’t actively hostile to arithmetic. And therefore, you know that you cannot fund a state that liberals want, the entitlement state, without taxing the middle class at least. And now you’ve given up that — with the locking-in as permanent law the Bush tax rates, that’s off the table.
Our colleague Quin Hillyer made a version of this same argument in another television appearance here.
In the middle of the fiscal cliff debate this was Bill Kristol’s view as well when he said:
“My view is get the tax issue off the table, it’s the weakest one for the Republicans right now. Let the president own it and we’ll have a bunch of other debates next year.”
Well, the fiscal cliff debate is over — and deal in hand, the GOP awakens… surprise, surprise… to Pelosi, Van Hollen and Durbin, three substantial Democrats, flatly demanding more tax increases. The tax issue is decidedly not off the table.
Which brings us back to the idea of a Conservative Anschluss Moment.
There is quite apparently a stark disagreement among conservatives about dealing with President Obama.
It’s safe to say that many look to learn something from Ronald Reagan’s wisdom about how to deal with the Soviet Union, as expressed in this exchange with ABC’s Sam Donaldson at his first press conference:
Donaldson: Mr. President, what do you see as the long-range intentions of the Soviet Union? Do you think, for instance, the Kremlin is bent on world domination that might lead to a continuation of the cold war, or do you think that under other circumstances detente is possible?
The President: Well, so far detente’s been a one-way street that the Soviet Union has used to pursue its own aims. I don’t have to think of an answer as to what I think their intentions are; they have repeated it. I know of no leader of the Soviet Union since the revolution, and including the present leadership, that has not more than once repeated in the various Communist congresses they hold their determination that their goal must be the promotion of world revolution and a one-world Socialist or Communist state, whichever word you want to use.
Now, as long as they do that and as long as they, at the same time, have openly and publicly declared that the only morality they recognize is what will further their cause, meaning they reserve unto themselves the right to commit any crime, to lie, to cheat, in order to attain that, and that is moral, not immoral, and we operate on a different set of standards, I think when you do business with them, even at a detente, you keep that in mind.
Say again, to update, there are conservatives who believe when you do business with Barack Obama you keep in mind that he and his liberal allies are operating with, to use Reagan’s words, “a different set of standards.”
They believe the President has no intention of cutting spending, and has every intention of reserving unto himself the right to ignore and evade when not undercutting the Constitution. And if, along the way, he can stiff Israel and allow Iran to get nuclear weapons — thus further diminishing America’s role in the world — he will do that as well. All with America’s best interests at heart, he will insist.
Leaving on January 20th of 2017 with America a country well in the grip of what Levin calls the “dark forces of utopian tyranny.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?