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Obama knows what he is doing

posted at 8:07 pm on October 17, 2011 by

Allahpundit posts that Obama has threatened to veto any bill which would get rid of the CLASS act, and wonders if he’s an idiot. No, he knows what he’s doing.

Obama’s real program is to drastically increase the size of government, and to drastically raise taxes. That’s always what he’s been about. But like most American “progressives”, he knows that he can’t come out and clearly say so.

So his means to that end has been to raise spending first. Once that’s done, there are only three things that Congress can do:

1. Reduce spending again.
2. Raise taxes.
3. Borrow.

Of the three, borrowing is the easiest, and that’s what we’ve been doing. But that can’t go on forever, and eventually Congress will be forced to choose between the other two choices.

The ObamaCare project was about creating a huge new governmental money sink, which could not possibly be paid for without a huge tax increase. The fact that the CLASS act was “unsustainable” is a feature, not a bug, because it contributes to the increasingly uncomfortable dilemma that Congress will face, which Obama deliberately engineered.

The goal was to create a situation in which raising taxes was ultimately the only solution. And now that Congress (both parties!) seem to be getting serious about reducing spending, Obama is facing the failure of his real program. The veto is his last line of defense.

Obama wants to be a transformational president, and he wants to do the same thing that FDR did, and LBJ did. FDR gave us the unsustainable Social Security, and LBJ gave us unsustainable Medicare. Obama wants to finish the job with unsustainable ObamaCare, which will drive the final nail into the coffin of “small government”.

So, does he really think all these things can be paid for by raising taxes on “the rich”? Of course not. Obama’s strategy comes down to something Grace Hopper once said: “It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.” He wants taxes raised (a lot!) for everyone, and is trying to create a situation in which that will happen.

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It’s the underpants gnomes strategy:

Step 1, steal underpants.
Step 2, ???
Step 3, profit.

WitchDoctor on October 17, 2011 at 8:37 PM

Obama almost won last summer. Boehner came to him and offered a 900 billion tax increase. But Obama overplayed his hand, and said, “THAAAT’s good. Now just a little more, OK? How about 1.4 trillion?” Boehner realized he was being played, and walked away.

No, there isn’t any empty unknown step 2. The answer is to raise taxes A LOT, on EVERYONE, so that government has the wherewithall to do Good Deeds.

There isn’t anything mysterious about it. It just happens to be something most of us deeply disagree with.

Steven Den Beste on October 17, 2011 at 9:19 PM

you left out Step 4: Hyper Inflate

golfmann on October 17, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Obama has a threat to wield with CLASS. Of course he’s not going to neutralize it.

J.E. Dyer on October 17, 2011 at 10:03 PM

He’ll want to trade it for higher taxes on the evil rich. Scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.

Kissmygrits on October 18, 2011 at 10:46 AM