In his Washington Post column today, President Barack Obama throws down the gauntlet of a major change in strategy to pass the non-Stimulus bill now being debated in the U.S. Senate. The change: He is abandoning the 80-vote consensus strategy for a 60-vote strategy.
The key line that is the best proof yet that it will be critical that the GOP remain united against the ultimate bill no matter how many puny pork items are removed and no matter the less than optimal tax cuts that are added is this:
"In recent days, there have been misguided criticisms of this plan that echo the failed theories that helped lead us into this crisis -- the notion that tax cuts alone will solve all our problems..."
Of course, Republicans have never said tax cuts solve "all" our problems. History shows that the right kind have rescued the nation from past recessions and spurred economic growth.
But what Obama is saying here is that supply side tax cuts, that are the only sweetener that could win over substantial GOP support, are off the table.
As I have pointed out in two recent columns, this is a GovermentGrowthulus Trojan Horse being protected by dispensable porkulus trips of bacon.
Obama's statement here makes it more likely we will not fall for this danger mentioned by Obama:
"What Americans expect from Washington is action that matches the urgency they feel in their daily lives ..."
Action to match feelings? The failed liberal way.
What the Senate Minority Leader (pictured) Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the GOP must also do is craft a truly bold alternative amendment to replace the plan.
They should abandon the piecemeal amendments (like Senator Vitter's) that would try and improve the bill to make it palatable to a few Republicans.
This bill is a clear and present danger to future American prosperity in both the short and long term. Our only hope to defeat it is unity against the core, permanent 30% growth in government provisions.
We must not aid and bet Obama and the Democrats in their 60-vote strategy to pick off a few Republicans for so-called "bi-partisan cover" with puny improvements.
The only way to accomplish this is to hold firm against the core of this bill and insist upon actual stimulus provisions. If we fail, then at least we will re-brand our party as the one that cares enough about economic suffering to propose proven result accomplishing stimuli, rather than signing on to proven failed liberal Democrat feel good do something crap whose only real accomplishment is to grow government.
Most of Obama's voters signed on to his promise to create jobs in the provate sector they could get hired to do, rather than jobs they have to pay taxes to fund.
"One man with courage makes a majority." - Andrew Jackson