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posted by daveb in Politics

51% voted for the fiscal cliff. Let them have it.

December 21, 2012

Don't the people deserve to get what they voted for? For the last 10 years we've been bombarded with the mantra of "Bush tax cuts for the rich". President Obama, Biden, Pelosi, Reid. They've been schooling us for a decade that all America's financial problems were caused by the "Bush tax cuts for the rich".

Obama implored his constituents to let their votes be the best revenge and take back what the evil rich "didn't build". Clearly the majority voted for increased spending and higher taxes.

So let the Bush tax cuts expire. Isn't that the best revenge? Why is that now a huge disaster for the middle class? The president has been quoted a hundred times stating that he's only asking for the Clinton era tax rates that, according to him, drove the economic growth of the 90s.

Let's have a little perspective. After increasing spending 500 billion a year and presiding over annual budget deficits of 1.2 trillion a year, the president has drawn a line in the sand saying that he's not going to shave a dime out of future budget increases unless he can squeeze 160 billion a year out of the rich in new taxes. And claimed that he received a mandate from the voters to follow this course.

Elections have consequences. One candidate ran on cutting spending and trying to grow us out of the deficits. The winner ran on increasing taxes and no cuts in future spending growth.

What's the president complaining about? The fiscal cliff is exactly what he ran on and apparently what 51% voted for.

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