…and I’m not, particularly – anyway: Hot Air is covering this pretty obsessively. Possibly too obsessively for their long-term mental health, but that’s their call, not mine. Everybody’s got their own breaking strain.
One piece of advice, though? – If you’re getting to the point that you can’t see straight (or are there already), now is an excellent time to turn off the computer, eat a sandwich, have a nap, and disengage until you can center your chi energy, or whatever. If you’re not thinking clearly, then almost by definition you’re not operating optimally. Seriously. Take a breathing exercise, or something; you’re no good to anybody all tangled up inside, including (not incidentally at all) yourself.
PS: I’m sure that there are a lot of good reasons why you should keep yourself redlined. No doubt. Now go disengage anyway.
This is, by the way, a completely artificial countdown. Congress should either just serve up the sh*t sandwich, or else admit that the Senate couldn’t even put that together. Either way, there’s no need to delay this any further.
President Obama’s veto threat decision is not just about fiscal policy, and it’s not just about who gets blamed for a legislative failure. It’s about whether the President wants to cause a recession in 2013 and hamstring his second term. No matter what he or his advisors say, he cannot afford to take that risk.
It’s a good argument, but it has one small problem: it assumes that President Obama is capable of making a rational risk analysis in this matter, or indeed in any other. Judging from his tenure thus far, President Obama does not have a good handle on judging when other people are or are not serious about their policy positions. So, yes, Barack Obama may indeed veto the eventual deal and thus start a recession. Confidently. Heedlessly. With both eyes open.
I think that I can taste just the faintest touch of bitterness in this article:
When Mr. Ryan returned to Capitol Hill last week, he was met with a standing ovation from his Republican colleagues, a bear hug from Mr. Boehner and the hope from conservatives that he would hold the line on taxes and other spending.
According to aides and others close to Mr. Ryan, he is as focused on doing the job before him as he was on winning the vice-presidential race. “We just sort of picked ourselves back up, and we are all back into our lives and jobs,” Tobin Ryan said. “And frankly, I see Paul doing the same thing.”
White House officials are in advanced internal discussions about a plan to replace the sweeping spending cuts set to begin in January with a smaller, separate package of targeted spending cuts and tax increases, people familiar with the planning said.
Be very, very afraid. Because that statement translates to President Barack Obama is going into ‘negotiations’ today with no actual plan for avoiding sequestration. Surely the administration knew that this issue might be coming up, yes?
President Obama is taking a tough opening stance in talks over deficit reduction, pushing Republicans to accept a plan that calls for $1.6 trillion in new tax revenue over the next ten years, according to reports.
The figure is double the $800 billion last discussed by the White House and House Speaker Boehner (R-Ohio) during their 2011 negotiations on raising the debt-ceiling limit.