Friday, November 12, 2010

How About Not Preemptively Caving?

I saw peices of these ideas bouncing around the interwebs the other day and I thought they deserved mention.

I know that "I don't deal with what the White House deals with" on a daily basis, but it seems like this stuff wouldn't be terribly difficult to try.

Idea #1: Create a Commission that doesn't suck

Make a "Commission on Unemployment" that looks at how we can reduce the unemployment rate. The same way the Administration stacked the deficit commision with people who want to cut social security, stack this commission with people who are cool with the idea of direct government job creation.

When they come up with a report, you hammer the Republicans for not wanting to reduce the unemployment rate. Over, and over and over again. When they call it socialism, talk about how they don't care about the unemployment rate. When they talk about it being a government takeover of something, talk about how they don't care about the unemployed. You get the idea.

Idea #2: Hardball on the Tax Cuts

Let the Bush Tax cuts all expire. Create New "Obama Tax Cuts" that are only for everyone who makes less than $100,000 dollars a year.

Create a nifty page with one of those Obama style logos where people can see how big their tax cuts would be. Have Democrats go on TV every day for as long as it takes talking about how the Republicans don't want you to get an "Obama Tax Cut".

This really doesn't seem that hard. And I'm also aware that neither one of these things is very likely with the orange one as speaker, but showing the American people what you stand isn't exactly a waste of your time.

Oh yeah, and it beats creating the "Obama Deficit Commission" that proposed cutting social security, raising taxes on the middle class and lowering them for the rich.


  1. Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks!

  2. Looks like the commish is douchier than even I could've expected.

    Should we perhaps cut down on the number of aircraft carriers or ballistic missile subs in our fleet, which cost untold billions to maintain? No, that would be silly. We need them because... stuff.

    Instead let's fuck the Smithsonian and Parks Service because we've been fucking them so long that they're used to it.

  3. I don't think selling his own tax cuts after bush's expire would really work. The republicans would retreat to raw numbers, and simply claim that Obama's are smaller than the ones he let expire, by citing the difference in the amount of total money being not-collected (from the rich). By not breaking it down into demographics, they'll almost certainly have him on the raw amount of money, and still get to claim that he's "raising" taxes by letting the bush cuts expire.

  4. I think this might be the way to go; if they can pull it off.