Obama seeks 2012 victory via debt talks

President Barack Obama continues his two-front media campaign with a White House press conference at 11.00 a.m. Monday.

Washington’s myriad political advocates will be watching, but so too will many of the nation’s swing-voting independents, whose support he needs to win back by November 2012.

The press event will take place before Obama and GOP leaders meet again on Monday to talk about a debt-ceiling deal that will allow the federal government to continue as usual.

He’s likely to use the press conference to repeat his calls for a complex $4 trillion, ten-year debt-ceiling package that combines some as-yet-unexplained mix of tax increases, accounting shifts, program changes and spending cuts.

Republican leaders rejected that proposal on Sunday, saying it would require yet more tax increases. GOP leaders want a simpler and smaller deal that offsets $2 trillion of new borrowing with a similar amount of budget cuts.

But it makes political sense for Obama to continue calling for a big deal. (Sunday debt talks wrap up with plans to meet again Monday)

If Obama’s package is approved, its tax increases would likely split the GOP some 17 months before the pivotal 2012 election, and the package’s enormous scale would help his allies portray him to swing voters as the president who mended the nation’s bleeding finances.

“The American people sent us here to do the right thing not for party, but for country,” he said in a July 8 Rose Garden response to the bad news that unemployment had ticked up to 9.2 percent. “So we’re going to work together to get things done on their behalf. That’s the least that they should expect of us, not the most that they should expect of us.”

If the president’s $4 trillion package stays rejected, and is supplanted by a simpler $2 trillion deal, the president can still cast himself as the only adult in Washington D.C.

“I’ve heard reports that there may be some in Congress who want to do just enough to make sure that America avoids defaulting on our debt in the short term, but then wants to kick the can down the road when it comes to solving the larger problem of our deficit,” he declared at the start of a July 5 press conference.

“I don’t think the American people sent us here to avoid tough problems,” he continued. “That’s, in fact, what drives them nuts about Washington, when both parties simply take the path of least resistance … I believe that right now we’ve got a unique opportunity to do something big — to tackle our deficit in a way that forces our government to live within its means, that puts our economy on a stronger footing for the future, and still allows us to invest in that future.”

One of Obama’s senior advisers, David Plouffe, explained the strategy at a June 7 press event organized by Bloomberg News. Obama can win the independents, he said, because they dislike partisan disputes and prefer Washington to “get away from the stale ideas of the left or right and focus on what’s going to be right for the country.” (Boehner says ambitious $4 trillion deal isn’t happening)

Obama will need whatever boost he can get, because he’s now down to 32 percent among independents, when tested head-to-head against a “Generic Republican,” according to a Gallup poll of 914 registered voters in early June. In 2008, he got 52 percent of those voters. The “Generic Republican” earned 42 percent of the independents’ votes. A quarter of the independents, or 26 percent, declined to pick Obama or the “Generic Republican.”

There’s no political downside to Obama’s two-front strategy, assuming a deal is eventually signed to prevent the federal government from defaulting on its $14 trillion debt.

  • truebearing

    Obama is nothing if not consistent. He uses the same tactics everytime: demagogue a crisis, and then offer a convoluted, incomprehesible solution, with no details. Then go to the public with an emotional message, playing heavily on fear, then assuaging that fear with lies. Build support among the stupid, feeble minded, and dogmatically loyal. Dismiss critics as “extremists”. Avoid scrutiny because the media has already been corrupted. It is vintage stuff, straight from the pages of history’s most ruthless leftist dictators.

    The bloodless (so far) coup continues. Obama is going to try to inject another dose of ideological poison into the American economy, hoping this time it will succumb. He knows he can’t win in 2012. He has to create a crisis and then chaos, then a false solution to stay in power.

    Anyone who thinks Obama is stupid, or incompetent, is projecting their own patriotic perspective too hard. Obama isn’t failing according to his goal of radically transforming America. He is doing everything he can to keep the economy from surviving and it is intentional. In his own sick way, he is succeeding magnificently. He isn’t incompetent or stupid, he’s evil.

  • libertyatstake

    It’s over as of today. Barry went on CBS this morning and set himself up for a choice between Grandma’s Social Security check and bureau-weenie salaries. We should let him make this choice. Minority Leader McConnell retired from the field. Speaker Boehner stated on Fox no movement until Barry shows his plan in detail. Good plan, Speaker. Let’s see the plan, Barry. Or you own starving Grandma in favor of keeping the bureau-weenies rolling in dough. Choose.

    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

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  • bigdave

    At this point in time, as a Vietnam combat veteran, I am completely ashamed of the country we have become. We have allowed a European/Mexican invasion to completely undermine our once-proud CULTURE, to the point now, we have no culture, we have no borders, we have no language…everything is for sale by JOKERS like OBAMA for VOTES!! OBAMA is SINGLY a SIGN OF OUR DEMISE…AN INEXPERIENCED, NEVER-HAD-A-JOB, COLLEGE COMMUNIST, WITH ANARCHIST FRIENDS, A BELIEVER IN ALL THINGS COMMUNIST AND ALINSKY, A PURVEYOR OF HATRED FOR AMERICA(NOT OUR SOIL, BUT THE PEOPLE ITSELF!), A COMMUNITY AGITATOR WHO STATES HATRED OF “WHITEY”….AS FRIGGIN PRESIDENT?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Why not a THOMAS SOWELL type for GOD”S sake?! And the condesending white folk who bend over forwards to keep from telling the truth, sparing the “racist”collar. This jerkwad has spent us into oblivion already because the man only sees fourteen trillion dollars as a number which he himself does not have to pay back so who gives a rat’s behind!! He is a communist and according to those types the end justifies the means and if it takes destruction of the minority to dessimate the majority then so be it!! The real deal is this, obfuscated by EVERYONE: THE CURRENT AND FUTURE COLLEGE GRADS HAVE NO PLACE TO GO EXCEPT BACK TO MOM AND DAD’S(IF THEY HAVE A DAD!)HOUSE BECAUSE THE DEMORATS HAVE DESTROYED AMERICAN CORPORATIONS WHICH “USED” TO MANUFACTURE EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN, AND VERY WELL I MIGHT ADD. THE DEMORATS, HOLLYWOOD AND COMMUNIST UNIONS CONSPIRED TO VILLIFY AMERICAN CORPORATIONS THROUGH TAXES, EPA REGS AND POTENTIAL UNION TAKE-OVERS(THE DEATHKNELL FOR ANY COMPANY…GM? CHRYSLER? TEACHER’S UNION? PUBLIC EMPLOYEE UNIONS? ALL EXTREMELY HIGH COST, ALL EXTREMELY POOR RESULTS). OBAMA WILL CONMTINUE THIS NONSENSE TILL WE FOLD UP OUR TENT COMPLETELY OR FALL INTO TOTAL CHAOS AND RIOTS…WHICH ARE ON THE HORIZON…WE CAN NOT CONTINUE TO “PAYOFF” THE LAZY BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTINUE TO DEMAND MORE. END OF STORY.

  • Humorless

    “Odd” the other view of this scenario isn’t considered by Daily Caller?

    That the Right WANT the budget deal to fail to help THEM with the 2012 Elections???

  • http://www.righthook38.com righthook38

    I personally loved the “eat your peas” comment. Good grief. Who IS this person? He is the most demeaning, condescending president I’ve ever seen. He talks to Congress like they’re 5 year olds.

  • rainmaker1145

    This is crap. The numbers are amortized over 10 years for the cuts and the tax increases would be immediate. If the GOP gets snookered by this again they deserve everything that happens to them.

    In the end, this argument boils down to making the government live within its means. Don’t make any deal and we get the spending cuts we have to have without having to move a bill through Congress.

    There will always be some fools who say we can’t possibly cut spending now, but if government spending really did lead to prosperity, then we would have no poor people in our society – they would simply borrow and spend until they were prosperous again. How often has that happened?




    • Sproing

      Rainmaker1145 I agree wholeheartedly. Their is however one small issue I need clarification on. Unless Obama has just recently (last 48 hrs) changed his tune I thought he was looking to make his ‘cuts’ over a 12 year period which is so bogus even the CBO (nor any other legitimate estimating agency)won’t touch the numbers or stand behind them. Again he is playing fast and loose with us.

  • Sproing

    My major concern is that since the Republicans only control the House of Representatives while the Democrats old the White House and the Senate is that when the dust settles and an agreement has to be made to raise the debt limit that we will not have really achieved anything in the way of a meaningful change in the financial future of this country and we will be guilty of leaving our children a badly broken and deeply in debt system that will cripple their futures.

    Some of us have seen this day coming for decades but we were consistently shouted down by those who felt that the government could do all things for all groups. Not only that they could (which was insane in and of itself), but that they should.

    Is a dictatorship by any other name not still a dictatorship??

    • callenlaw

      When it’s done by a legislature, it’s called “representative democracy.”

      • BigRmv

        Ja, aber in Deutsch nennt man das den Reichstag.

        • didacticrogue

          … и на русском языке, это называли Союзом Советских Социалистических Республик.

          • erehwon

            “And in Russian, it [is] named the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics.”

            … Да, действительно это