Jay Cost, arguing in Real Clear Politics that Obama was attacking straw men in his press conference:
Who’s arguing that “tax cuts alone” will solve this problem? Even if some are, is this the median position on the Republican side? Is this the position of the more moderate members of the GOP Senate caucus like Lugar, Voinovich, and Murkowski? How about moderate House Republicans like Kirk, LoBiondo, and Castle? We might count it as bipartisanship if Obama had picked up a few of them, but he didn’t.
Yeah. About that:
Thirty-six out of 41 Republican Senators voted for the proposed DeMint amendment to the stimulus bill — a massive package of permanent tax cuts that would create a huge hole in the budget, while doing very little to help the economy.
There isn’t much room for bipartisanship when 87.8% of the other party is totally irresponsible.
Any math men out there want to let me know if 87.8% counts as the “median position?” And it would be irresponsible not to remind everyone exactly what was in the Demint Amendment:
o Permanently repeal the alternative minimum tax once and for all;
o Permanently keep the capital gains and dividends taxes at 15 percent;
o Permanently kill the Death Tax for estates under $5 million, and cut the tax rate to 15 percent for those above;
o Permanently extend the $1,000-per-child tax credit;
o Permanently repeal the marriage tax penalty;
o Permanently simplify itemized deductions to include only home mortgage interest and charitable contributions.
o Lower top marginal income rates from 35 percent to 25 percent.
o Simplify the tax code to include only two other brackets, 15 and 10 percent.
o Lower corporate tax rate as well, from 35 percent to 25 percent.
The problem for the Republicans is not that President Obama is making things up about them or unfairly representing their position. The problem is that they are crazy, and Obama is pointing that out. Hell, the only thing Republicans are allowed to vote for are tax cuts, otherwise the Club For Growth or other fringe groups will come after them.