WSJ explains how the Republican strategy on spending is shaping up

I'm going to annoy some people by saying this, and I may be dead wrong, but this WSJ editorial makes sense to me. They're observing that the Republicans are — finally — stepping back from pointless losing battles and forming a strategic plan to force Obama to address issues of out-of-control spending. Because what we've seen so far is Obama refusing to talk, leaving the Republicans only two lousy choices: Cave in, or hold out and get blamed for the mess. There must be another approach. And it may be the much-maligned Boehner is getting to it. This editorial argues, and I suspect they're right, that Boehner is wisely changing course. I'm willing to allow for the possibility that this is a wise move.

“If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing while expecting different results, Republicans may be learning from political shock therapy. Speaker John Boehner's decision to postpone a debt-ceiling showdown is best understood as the GOP's attempt to break a cycle of manufactured crises that have worked to President Obama's advantage….Such strategic thinking isn't sitting well with some conservatives who seem to enjoy marching into the fixed bayonets. And then doing it again, and again…”

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  1. strider says:

    Hope they make a clear case directly to the people. Democrats have made outmaneuvering Republicans an entertainment industry.

    • Alain41 says:

      Agree. I’m skeptical here, because this says that the Republicans who are complaining about Boehner’s failures like committing suicide whereas the reality is we conservatives complaining don’t like Boehner’s actions of, I’m going to sit here until I’m overrun. And the reference to ‘manufactured crises’; umm, who manufactured those crises – oh the Republican leadership allowed them to happen, Conservatives didn’t. The fiscal cliff was purely Boehner’s and McConnell’s doing.

      Article paints a false black/white narrative, eg, strategic thinking by Republican leadership vs suicide by conservatives. Nonsense!

  2. Alain41 says:

    Sarkozy has a strategy for France’s taxation; he’s planning a move to London and setting up a private equity fund. Daily Mail has article.

    From Mark Steyn:

    “In the old days, Napoleon went into exile. But these days French leaders go into tax exile:
    Sarkozy’s Plans ‘To Dodge New 75% French Tax Rate By Moving To London With Wife Carla And Setting Up £1bn Private Equity Fund’

    This bit is very Gallic:
    Details of the planned move were uncovered during a raid by fraud police on Sarkozy’s Paris mansion last June.

    When your tax rates are so high even the corrupt politicians are moving out, you’ve got a problem.”

  3. strider says:

    Getting the sense that the WSJ will say anything now to gain advertising revenue.

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