Just say no.

I rowed this morning.  Not on Lake Casitas.  On the carpet of my cubbyhole just off the bathroom.  With all the international, national and personal stress filling my head, rowing seems to focus the mind on something other than “how in the world did this happen!”

My endorphin infusion was interrupted when Mitch McConnell, the Michael Pollard look-alike of the Senate Republican minority, appeared on the TV screen eager to express his views to David Gregory, the latest incarnation of Meet the Press’  Grand Inquisitor.  “So”, David said, “do you think there will be a compromise on tax cuts.”   Responding with a smile, Mitch offered “I hope so.  We’ve had more discussions with the President in the last two weeks than in the last two years.  We certainly hope for a compromise.”

The reality of it is that by holding 98% of Americans hostage, the Republicans are likely to win a big one for rich folks and add a bizillion dollars to the migraine-inducing deficit.  Their strategy of resisting an extension of unemployment benefits and allowing tax cuts to lapse for the middle class appears to be working.  Obama is ready to cave…again.

Like the kid who, having placed a tooth under his pillow, expects to find that the Tooth Fairy has left a surprise, I look forward to each new day in the hope that Obama will shed his politically correct clothes and appear on TV with a big red S on his chest.  Announcing…truth, justice and the American way are here.  Beware all you who tread on me and the people who made this country a shining beacon in an otherwise cruel world.  I shall not be compromised in my quest to return this country to greatness.

Alas, as the clock ticks away, I fall further down the rabbit hole.  Expecting to wind up in the usual place, before the Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter.  My confidence in our leader wanes.  My belief that the forces of right will triumph over the Morlocks, the Dark Lord Sauron, and the Snow Queen ebbs with the passing of time.  I need something to shock my system.  Something that says now is the time to stand up and be counted.  The time for compromise has ended.  Two years of cowering over the lack of a Senate super-majority is fini.  Damn the torpedoes.  Rammmming speed.

Here’s what I suggest.  Refuse to extend the tax cuts for the 2% who’ll put in the bank anyway.  Let the Republicans continue to block the continuation of all the tax cuts.  Let tax rates go back to where they were when we had a robust economy, a surplus and full employment.  If anyone complains, blame it on the Republicans.  They did the blocking.  Take the additional tax dollars and reduce the deficit, invest it stuff that creates jobs, shores up our decaying infrastructure and restores our educational system to its former glory.

Bring legislation to the hill next year to a Republican House and a more Republican Senate (including my favorite Republican in drag, Joe Lieberman) that provides tax relief to those who most need it.  Let them vote it down because it doesn’t provide tax cuts to the 2% who don’t need it.  Keep pointing at Mitch, John and their cohorts as the guys who don’t care about the middle class.  Then do it again and again.  For two years.

I’m tired of bending over and saying “may I have more please.”   It’s time to stand up.  It’s time to say no…loudly.


10 Responses to “Just say no.”

  1. 1 Mackay December 5, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Fredila, I couldn’t agree with you more. I am so disappointed in Obama’s lack of spine. This is the time to stand up to the Republicans and give them a dose of there own obstructionist policy.


  2. 2 arthur vander December 5, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Amen! If you missed Paul Krugman’s latest take on Obama, here it is: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/03/opinion/03krugman.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman


  3. 3 Bobbie December 5, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    You keep getting it right, Fred!!! Thanks!!!!


  4. 4 Phil Caruthers December 5, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Well said, Fredila. Time to call their bluff, and give them full credit for the tax hike.


  5. 5 Anne hrage December 5, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    A thumbs up to you Fred. Your logic and good sense still prevail…Those advising Obama have got it all wrong! The trouble is, instead of running the country, he is running for for his 2nd term and thinks giving in is the way to get it.


  6. 6 Susannah December 5, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Well said Fred. I think next time I’ll vote for you!


  7. 7 myrna December 5, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    agree with you fred … this country has become paranoid about any increase in taxes … the national debt increases and no american has made any sacrifice to lower that … including running of two wars on credit



  8. 8 Maureen C December 5, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Yay for FredIla, telling it like it is. I can’t remember the last time a Democrat really showed a backbone, but it’s long overdue…and no doubt won’t be happening any time soon. And your comment about Joe Lieberman made me laugh out loud, but rather wistfully, as it is sadly accurate.


  9. 9 Pearl December 5, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    I agree. I’m ready for tax increases to show Lord Voldemort he cannot win this one.


  10. 10 Don Anderson December 7, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Doesn’t anybody here read the election results?

    And you misspelled bazillion.


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