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Reports are pouring out of Washington about the Fiscal Cliff negotiations.  A lot of people observing the negotiations are outraged by what is going on.  Instead of being outraged, and there is plenty of time for outrage; we should take a look at what is going on.

 

If you analyze the negotiations, it tells you a lot about what is going on in Washington and what may happen.

 

What is going on inside these negotiations? 

 

First the Obama Team offered to raise taxes $1.6 trillion.  Then he wants no spending increases.  And the top layer of the cake?   He wants the authority to borrow money without congressional authority.  He wants to basically abolish the debt ceiling.

 

Obama’s initial offer to the Republicans was absolutely stunning.   He put an offer that not only is unacceptable to the Republicans; it shows contempt for the Republicans.

 

Roger Fisher and William Ury wrote a book called, “Getting to yes.”  It is the definitive book on negotiating.    Fisher and Ury talk about something called the “best alternative to a negotiated agreement.” (BATANA).    Obama believes that he has an incredible BATANA. 

 

The Republicans have already painted themselves into a corner.   When they agreed to the sequestration deal back in 2011, the Republicans gave away their strongest negotiating points.   The cuts the GOP agreed to back in 2011 would be the most painful for the GOP.  This was John Boehner’s brilliant idea that would “force” negotiations to reach an equitable settlement.

 

That’s a great theory, in practice.  However, it also assumes that both parties are entering into the negotiations in good faith.  The idea behind negotiations is that both sides want to reach a fair agreement.

 

Unfortunately for the Republicans and for America, the Obama Regime has no interest in fair agreement.  They do not look at negotiations as a forum for compromise so that the best ideas can prevail.  They look at negotiations as another battleground just like elections.  They do not want a fair agreement.  They want to win.

 

Obama approaches these negotiations knowing a couple of things.  First, his team has done such a good job of messaging on the fiscal cliff; most polls show the public will blame the Republicans for the fiscal cliff. 

 

Obama knows the drive by media will cover him.  They will dutifully report that anything other than a complete capitulation will be portrayed as Republicans trying to protect millionaires and trying to screw the middle class.

 

The other thing he knows is he has an opponent who has no stomach for the fight.   John Boehner will not stand and fight.  When you have an opponent who will not fight, why even try to be reasonable.

 

Back in an earlier part of my life, I worked as an Assistant District Attorney.   Every prosecutor in any jurisdiction can tell you which defense lawyer will try cases and which one will not.

 

98% of all cases in state criminal courts are resolved by a negotiated settlement.    I hardly ever negotiated with defense lawyers who I knew would not take their cases to trial.   I would just tell them what the offer was and wait for them to fold. 

 

Obama believes he is in the driver’s seat.  He believes Boehner will fold and give him everything he wants.  If Boehner folds and gives Obama everything he wants, not only does Obama continue to destroy America, he destroys the Republican Party at the same time. 

 

Boehner has a BATANA.  It is to simply walk away from the negotiations.   Boehner should realize that even if the fiscal cliff turns into a disaster now, by the time the 2014 elections come along, the fiscal cliff will be long forgotten.  What will not be forgotten is if Boehner surrenders to Obama.

 

If he does, it will mean the end of the Republican Party as a national party. 

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It is like Obama negotiated with the Russians. Keep giving up things without getting anything in return and soon the Russians have it all. Obama has not made stupid moves. He plans and knows exactly what he is doing. I think Bohner will fold. Hasn't he always? He will probably cry about this one too.

Political foes only during election, once elected, join the team, talk a good story (bull s*** when necessary), tow the line.....  Remember you are part of the system now.  Do a fabulous job for the system, get re-elected.  Boner has stated that many time, get in line - - boys and girls.  McCONnel is just that, a CON man from many years of being part of the system.  As a RHINO, we can always say we tried our damn dest, and the fool electorate will not even recognize our BS or game playing.

Now buck Obama.....  Ever had the feeling of being threatened with not just your job, but your life or your loved ones life?   How about your company, who really holds the cards on controlling your company,  EPA, Union, IRS, FTC, FCC, etc.?   I have a new one, obamaism.  In other words, talk is cheap but power and fear trumps all.

Now for a new speaker, one that is not part of the system, one that has morals, ethics, CAPABILITY, one that WE want, sorry, that does not meet the profile of the game players.  Remember, the speaker is elected by the elected game players, the system operators.  So for someone like Newt, sorry, I say BS again.

Just a reminder as we listen to the politicizing of the fiscal cliff from BHO:

The Obama Tax Cheats

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/kevinglass/2012/07/22/the_obama_tax_ch...

 

A new report just out from the Internal Revenue Service reveals that 36 of President Obama's executive office staff owe the country $833,970 in back taxes. These people working for Mr. Fair Share apparently haven't paid any share, let alone their fair share.

Previous reports have shown how well-paid Obama's White House staff is, with 457 aides pulling down more than $37 million last year. That's up seven workers and nearly $4 million from the Bush administration's last year.

Nearly one-third of Obama's aides make more than $100,000 with 21 being paid the top White House salary of $172,200, each.

The IRS' 2010 delinquent tax revelations come as part of a required annual agency report on federal employees' tax compliance. Turns out, an awful lot of folks being paid by taxpayers are not paying their own income taxes.

The report finds that thousands of federal employees owe the country more than $3.4 billion in back taxes. That's up 3% in the past year.

While this might not be a lot of $$$, IMO, they need to lead by example (I know, I know, they won't).

Rand Paul: Let Dems raise taxes and own the result

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/12/12/rand-paul-let-dems-raise-taxe...

Why Do Certain Counties Get More Federal Dollars?

by Burt on December 12, 2012

http://www.burtfolsom.com/?p=2022&utm_source=feedburner&utm...!+Mail

When I give speeches for high school or college students on President Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal, one question frequently comes up: “If the New Deal spending of the 1930s did not work [i.e. reduce unemployment] why was it continued?

That is a good question, and my answer to it gives us a parallel for today: “FDR continued the spending because even though it didn’t slash unemployment, it did gain votes for his Democratic party.” Editor David Lawrence, writing in the 1930s, studied the 1936 presidential election and found this: Those counties nationwide that received the most federal funds were the counties that voted most strongly for FDR. . .

 


Sound familiar?

What is there besides the GOP? The Libertarians have been around for 50 years and have gone nowhere.

Could we start a new party? I'm for it!

Libertarians are the red-headed stepchild of conservatism. They are not what they claim to be. People know the difference. This is why they haven't gone anywhere...that and the fact that they attract fringe people like Ross Perot. They make themselves look very unattractive!

We will form a new party!  It's just a question of when...

Loved it thanks Nancy!

Maybe (our) new party should be called the USA party and we should put up non stop statements that even the Lame Stream Media will parrot repeatedly:

We are the people who embrace the Conservative ideals of a UNITED STATES of America.

We know that the Left Wing media is DEAD. 

We understand that the Tea Party people are struggling to prove themselves, but in reality they ARE the American People.

We know HOW to solve the problems of our inner cities, we know HOW to create jobs, and we know HOW to resolve all of our economic problems in this country; it is with the TEAMWORK we are making WITH the PEOPLE of this great nation and NOT with the corrupt Government we have allowed to devastate this country.

We want donations from everyone between one and one hundred dollars, and we understand that - with 330 million people that will be plenty of money to put US in charge of the government; we don't need lobbyists or corrupt pay-offs and we don't need to promise anyone anything... other than the PEOPLE - that we'll solve the problems of this country and QUICKLY! 

{Just a little bit of that - could go a long way.}

The House needs to simply walk away from this one.

Our Republican Senators agreed to raise taxes if the Democrats agreed not to cut too much.

ex animo

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