Note from Dan: Earlier today, I asked Another Chuck to provide 3 examples of what he considers divisive behavior by President Obama, and what Obama could do, in AC’s opinion, to be more of a “uniter.” We will take AC’s examples of divisiveness one by one, offer rebuttals, and then we’ll deal with his “uniting” suggestions.
AC’s Divisive behavior 1. Obama has targeted the rich from day one. His recent stunt of increasing taxes on the wealthy solves nothing in terms of deficit spending, in the big picture. It was a punitive and spiteful move only. As he told Joe the Plumber, “I’m all for redistributing the wealth.”
Rebuttal: The federal government needs more revenue, and it needs to cut spending. With respect to more revenue, the Republicans wanted to raise income taxes on the poor, AC. Obama wanted to allow tax cuts to expire for the rich. Between 60 and 65 percent of the nation agreed with allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire on people who earned over $250k — some poll were even higher than that. Obama A) first agreed to a 2-year extension of the tax cuts, which was an olive branch to the GOP, and then, he compromised with Senate Republicans on the income level above which the tax cuts would expire (to $450k). So he compromised twice on these measures. Yet you call him divisive. What do you call the Tea Party Republicans in the, who wouldn’t even agree to atax increase on people with more than $1 million in income? You don’t call them anything. You’re saying Obama is divisive and they’re not. That’s skewed thinking.
AC’s Divisive behavior #2, Obamacare: 67% of the folks were against the substance of the bill and almost everyone was against the method of passage. This was a 100% partisan bill that received 0 votes from the other side of the asile. This bill will cost jobs,limit employee hours and add to the deficit.
Rebuttal: An overwhelming number of Americans agree that health care reform is necessary. Democrats have proposed programs such as Medicare for all and the ill-fated Clinton initiative in the early 90s, and during the Democratic primaries Obama proposed something akin to the program in Germany. What we ended up with as the ACA was something different. It was a Republican proposal first trotted out by Newt Gingrich, backed by the Heritage Foundation, and enacted in Massachusetts by a Republican governor. At its heart, it’s a conservative proposal the emphasizes individual responsibility of people to arrange for their own health care through a private insurance company. This was the LEAST DIVISIVE and MOST CONSERVATIVE model out there, one that the Heritage Foundation through a party for at hte Masschusetts bill-signing ceremony. Republicans suddenly did an about face and launched heated opposition to THEIR OWN PLAN only when it became apparent that Obama might be able to claim it as a legacy. Unfortuneatly for them, they lacked the votes to stop it because they were in the minority.
AC’s Divisive behavior 3. Recently, Obama is on a mission to legislate gun control. He doesn’t like guns and doesn’t believe that the law abiding citizen should be able to own certain types of weapons. Very devisive[sic]
Rebuttal: A majority of Americans back a ban on certain semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines. An overwhelming majority (including more than 70 percent of NRA membrs) back universal background checks on firearms sales. These are the centerpieces of Obama’s proposals regarding gun control. Probably what will happen is the assault weapon ban will fail in the Senate. We will wind up with universal background checks and some executive orders that help to better keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, something that’s a miserable failure we’re reminded of all too frequently.
With respect to the divisiveness charge, AC, I reject that it in any way necessarily is indicative of failure for a president. A president cannot control the tactics and overheated rhetoric of his political opponents. I would remind you that Obama is no NEARLY the “most divisive” president in our nation’s history, during the time he served. Do you realize who was? It was Abraham Lincoln, and today we put him on a very short list of our greatest president’s ever. Lincoln was divisive with a capital D. So what? Are you arguing that he should have rolled over and let the slaveholders have their way? Seriously?
More from Another Chuck: I can go on and on. The Gallup poll regarding his polarization supports my feelings on Obama.
What could he do to unite? The first and most important thing he could do is come up with a legitimate budget proposal that includes massive spending cuts. The only way revenue will increase is a rapidly expanding economy and GDP. I suggest he concentrates on how to expand the economy without worrying if he pisses off he union buddies, or any other of his pet groups. Our President should work for all of us…rich, poor, black, white, etc. instead of governing from a position where he is helping or in some cases picking winners and losers.
Rebuttal: First, Obama has proposed a budget each year. Congress hasn’t bothered to enact one (and the Democrats actually share some blame for this, but it’s not becauset of Obama. He has proposed budgets.) Here, AC is arguing that to unite the country, Obama should simply accept he wishes a distinct minority of Americans, and turn his back on the majority who have twice elected him to office. It is impossible to understand how this could “unite” anybody. Going over to the other side, in essence what AC is demanding, is not at all “uniting” behavior. It would be the opposite, and it would simply provide more political ammunition for the people who hate Obama at all costs to criticize him as a turncoat. It is the silliest of all suggestions AC has made.