A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
Like Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown, the democrats are certain to snatch those spending cuts away at the very first opportunity -- even if they have to create a scenario within which the spending cuts are denied, delayed, or are simply made to vanish.
This ain't our first rodeo. We've seen this happen time and time again. In fact, I daresay, the Republicans are being set up to be smacked down -- even as I write these few words.
As calculating as it may sound and, in fact, may be, I suspect the democrats are satisfied to allow sequestration and the avalanche of first of the year taxes to, well, just happen.
There will be tax increases and there will be massive cuts in spending, as well. Of course, there will be millions of jobs lost and a new recession, which will, in all likelihood, be much worse than the one we just experienced.
Here's another uncomfortable fact for my friends on the right. The republicans WILL get the blame for higher taxes, higher costs, cutting back the military, lost jobs, the new recession, or whatever the results are. The plan is set and in motion. The GOP WILL take the fall. The whole thing is now a no-win situation for the GOP.
If the republicans give in and allow the democrats to increase taxes, then the right side of the party, including the Tea Party faction, will decimate their ranks in the Congress in the 2014 election. That is not an idle threat. And between then and the 2014 election the Tea Partiers within the Congress will make life miserable for the moderate and left-leaning republicans.
Needless to say, this is going to be a very uncomfortable Congress for the GOP. It really makes no difference what they do, they are going to be eviscerated by the leftist media which is to say -- the Mainstream Media or, as we like to refer to them around here, the NFM (Non-Fox Media)
I'm not an expert on finances, or economics -- at all. I just want to make that clear. That is why you seldom see a piece about it with my signature.
But some things are just so clear, even a dummy, like me, can see it, and in some cases -- see through it.
That's where we are with "tax-maggedon" and sequestration looming over our heads today.
There is no way Obama can lose, no way the democrats can lose.
Elections have consequences -- and this is one of them.
If the whole thing goes over that "cliff" we hear so much about, and America winds up in another recession, it will even be recorded in the history books as a huge republican "screw-up."
Don't believe me? Do a little light research and see what REALLY happen with President Herbert Hoover and The Great Depression.
Our less than esteemed lawmakers have painted America into a corner. There is no way out without pain for the average American.
If sequestration IS NOT avoided, we are going to feel a lot of pain. If sequestration IS avoided -- we are going to feel a lot of pain.
Many years ago, one of the favored means of training a new puppy not to "piddle" on the floor was to rub his nose in his urine, as many times as necessary, until he got the idea. America is about to get the same treatment. We are about to have our noses rubbed in it. And it is going to hurt -- big time.
As I have said before, inevitability has caught up with America. We've run out of options, more or less, and it is pay-up time.
In the long run it might not be such a bad idea, at least for the Americans of the future, if we current Americans just step back and allow the crash to happen. Yes, it will hurt, but it's going to hurt anyway!
If you've ever taken a spill, a fall, you probably remember that second at which your mind understood that you were, indeed, falling and that you would, indeed, hit the floor hard, and there was absolutely nothing you could do about it. Remember that illuminating moment? That's the same moment your survival instinct kicked in and your body prepared for the impact as best it could. But -- it still hurt, right?
When one takes a deep breath, and looks at our situation with clear eyes and clear mind, that's where we are in America today.
May I be so bold as to suggest that we all brace for impact?
© J. D. Longstreet