Why Congressional Republicans Should Go Over Fiscal Cliff

There has been some talk within some talking head shows about the Congressional Republicans and President Obama, and talking about the Fiscal Cliff. Within this talk it has been brought up that President Obama has the upper hand when it comes to talks on the Fiscal Cliff.

The first reason why the Republicans should not be concerned with what President Obama has to say on the Fiscal Cliff is that the President has no authority over fiscal matters. Only Congress has that authority. Thus, Congressional Republicans should just ignore the President on these matters since the President is talking about doing things in which he has no authority to do it. Congress “creates” and passes the laws, and President either signs them into law or veto’s them. President is not involved in creating these laws at all.

The second reason why the Republicans should not be concerned with what President Obama has to say on the Fiscal Cliff is that President Obama talked about going back people being treated equal, having the same laws apply to them, and have the same shoot. The Republicans can point out that in order to be consistent with these things that President Obama ran on is to go over the Fiscal Cliff. Going over the Fiscal Cliff will make it so that all citizens are affected equally instead of only part of citizens being affected and others not being affected. This would prevent people being treated equally and this would limit people having the same shot.

The third reason why the Republicans should not be concerned with what President Obama has to say on the Fiscal Cliff is that President Obama talked about going back to the Clinton economic policies. So the Republicans should point out that the bush Tax cuts were based on lowering the tax rates of all Americans by lowering them from what Clinton had them. So point out that in order for President Obama to say anything about Clinton economic times and policy, it would be necessary to get rid of the Bush Tax Cuts that applied to all Americans. This would mean going over the Fiscal Cliff.

The fourth reason why the Republicans should not be concerned with what President Obama has to say on the Fiscal Cliff is that Congressional Republicans were elected by their constituents, which can either be a district for the House of Representatives or a state for the Senate, and this implies that they support their position on this issue (unless majority of constituents say otherwise). They are elected Representatives, and they do not have to worry about how other people in other states think, or other districts, but only the people they are sent to Washington to represent them before the nation.

The fifth reason why the Republicans should not be concerned with what President Obama has to say on the Fiscal Cliff is a mix of the second reason,  third reason, and fourth reason. This is based on how President Obama supposedly has a “Mandate” from the American people. The Congressional Republicans may point out that they have a “Mandate” from their own constituents like the President does as well. The Congressional Republicans may point out that President Obama’s “Mandate” is about people being treated equally, and people would not be treated equally if one group of Americans have their tax rate raised while another group does not have their tax rate raised as well. The Congressional Republicans may point out that President Obama’s “Mandate” is to go back to the economic policies of Clinton and not George W. Bush, so get rid of the Bush Tax Cuts, which means going back to the tax rate under the Clinton Administration which means going over the Fiscal Cliff.

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Are You Better Off Than You Were 4 Years Ago?

In the 2012 Presidential election, there are certain narratives been set up, and certain stories trying to be told. Discussions are being framed in a certain way and responded to in a certain way. For example, the Republican party, and especially Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign is trying to frame the narrative a certain way with the voters. He asks them a simple question, “Are you better off than you were 4 years ago.” Around 4 years ago, President Obama took office. Mitt Romney is basically asking, since President Obama assumed office, has your life been better.

There is a response presented by the Democratic party, and especially Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama, to this question. This usually goes along the lines that when President Obama took office that 800,000 jobs were being lost a month, the automobile industry was the brink of market failure, thousands of people were losing their homes, and there were two wars going on. And than they state that after a few months, there have been consistent months of job growth, the auto industry was saved from market failure, and some of the wars have ended. This is basically trying to link that the conditions from which President Obama took on have gotten better since he was elected.

The basic point of the question is this, “Are you better off than you were x years ago”. There might be a better way to frame the question by asking, “Are you better off than you were 6 years ago.” I think most of us would agree that we are not better off than we were 6 years ago. 6 years ago we were gaining jobs each month, the automobile industry was fine, many people were not losing their homes, the banking industry was fine, but we still had two wars going on. The point becomes, the Obama administration has not gotten us back to the conditions before the Housing market collapse. The economy is not better off than it was in those times, and we are not even close to getting the economy or employment back to the same level. In fact, the median wage of the middle class is less than it was 6 years ago.

The whole point of electing President Obama was based on getting back to previous economic conditions, and in that time we have not come close to getting back to the pre-recession times. So when it comes to the question of “Are you better off than you were 6 years ago?”, the obvious answer is “not even close”.