You Have to Win the Election to Get Your Way

I have been saying for months and months and months that there was no such thing as a fiscal cliff, that there was no way either party was going to let the tax rates go up for 98% of the population, and that there was no way they were actually going to really address the debt fiasco we have in this country. As it stands now, the tax rates are not going up for anyone but those making over $400,000 per year ($450,000 for married couples), and the estate tax, dividend tax, and AMT tax are all being massively reduced from what they were scheduled to be. These tax increases are going to cost me a lot of money, but they are all substantially lower than they were legally scheduled to be.

There is nothing to celebrate or bemoan in what happened over the last 24 hours. A little rule-of-thumb of mine may be appropriate to share here: When BOTH parties say they want a certain thing, you can bet that after a whole lot of posturing or politicking and time-wasting, that thing is going to happen. It is not that easy when only one party says they want something. BOTH parties said they wanted the bottom four tax rates to stay where they were. BOTH parties said they did not want the estate tax exclusion amount to revert to the preposterous $1 million level. BOTH parties said they wanted a dividend tax rate at 20% or lower. It is no surprise that all these things are happening.

Now, do I want my income tax rate going up? No, and I think it is immorally high even at 35%, let alone 39.6%. However, anyone telling you that the Senate or House voted for a tax increase is lying, and they know it. The law of the land was for a dramatically higher increase in rates across the board to kick in, and there have been huge reductions passed in the last 24 hours from all of those legally set levels. In other words, a tax cut was passed, not a tax increase. Did the Republicans hold their ground about not agreeing to see the top rate go from 35% to 39%? No. Did the always-pompous Obama keep his sworn campaign pledge for rates to go up on all incomes above $250,000? No, with all the leverage in the world he folded like a bad poker hand and agreed to a $450,000 income level for that increase. There are things to like and things not to like, but there is simply no debating that it is better than what we were going to get – by a mile.

So why are people like Erick Ericson so mad? Because this plan does not cut spending the way we want. Well, no kidding Sherlock (I like the real expression better). It does not tackle deficits and debts because THE WRONG PARTY WON THE ELECTION. I love the bravado and tough-guy tone a lot of my conservative friends possess on the blogosphere, but for the grown-ups in the room, elections matter, and the party that won is going to spend us into oblivion until the bond market tells them enough is enough. That is the only thing going on right now.

You can blame John Boehner and Mitch McConnell all you want; it is the American people that asked for record deficits and irreparable entitlement spending on November 6. The votes are not there and the leverage is not there to do anything about that, YET. The opportunity will come, but it was not there as part of this deal. Period.

I am not suggesting that elected officials are to be slaves to whore voters; they are not. However, they also are not to guarantee themselves permanent minority status or do purposeful damage to the economy just to spite their own faces.

The so-called resolution to fiscal cliff is a joke, but that is not because it is a bad piece of legislation. The bad piece of legislation was the initial bill that failed to build in tax reductions on a permanent basis back in 2001 and 2003. Elections matter. Do not ever set policy on the presupposition that your party will never lose again. And when you do lose, do not act like you didn’t. The time to flex our muscle and block spending where we legally can is coming. But there was no possible way to do that yesterday.

For Republicans who are mad about this deal, I suggest you do what always has to precede real political improvement in a Republic: Win your elections. The Libertarians and Paul-bots have been sitting around crying in their beer for over thirty years while they capture 1% of the voting public’s attention. Do not stoop to their loser level. Win an election, then demand a harder line on spending. For now, we were facing something far, far worse, and we got an improvement. Keep your eye on the ball, friends. This is a long war.



18 thoughts on “You Have to Win the Election to Get Your Way

  1. Although the concept of winning the election to get your way is a reality in America, a bigger reality is you need to steal the election through gathering the votes of illegal aliens and the hacking of voting machine databases before you can get your way .

    Forget the other citizens, their representatives the Republicans will do nothing about it.

  2. An election is no longer a contest where the best man or women wins it is a contest that calls on character deficiencies,lack of integrity,cunning,lying and misrepresentation all of which culminates in the acceptance or rejection of the best liar and fraud...The american people are selfish and stupid and want to hear smooth things ...we have the government we deserve...

    • The article in Pravda recently was right, America has an "illiterate electorate"! That is why the United States is in the position it is in at this time in history. The article was penned by none other than Vladimir Putin.

  3. Jimmy from Il says:

    Congressional Reform Act of 2012

    1. No Tenure / No Pension.

    A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no

    pay when they're out of office.

    2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social

    Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the

    Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into

    the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the

    American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

    3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all

    Americans do.

    4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.

    Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

    5. Congress loses their current health care system and

    participates in the same health care system as the American people.

    6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the

    American people.

    7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void

    effective 12/1/12. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.

    Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is
    an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen
    legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and ba#$%$
    to work.

    If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only
    take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message.
    Don't you think it's time?

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    What about the president, he proposes the annual budget, it starts with hi

  4. How is that???? ovomit has NOT won any elections and he's getting his way, because WE allowed him to steal what he wants!!!! WHY isn't he STOPPED????

  5. Given your premise, the "long war" is over since fraudulent and illegal voting is unlikely to be abated. That leaves only solutions beyond the rigged ballot box and the corrupt established "processes" available for recourse.

  6. EVERY working American citizens will feel the effect of much high taxation ..without representation this year. obamacare is a major tax that all working Americans will have to the 2% of the wealthiest Americans will be taxed much higher which is against the Consitution.. because that is unequal taxation and will filter down to the working class in higher prices on everything. The speaker caved to obama against the will of the people and against common sense allowing the Fiscal Cliff Deal: $1 in Spending Cuts for Every $41 in Tax Increases! THAT is not what any nomal common sense person would consider a cut IN government spending! The speaker has gone to bed with the corrected obama. SHAME on ALL Congress for allowing this illegal crap against the Consitution and against the American working class people!

  7. Jerry Goodwin says:

    What is with you smacking the so called Paul-bots? Many of us worked very hard for Romney a Candidate that as he accepted the Republican nomination, his speech that night did not once indicate he was going to CUT SPENDING overall. He just had ideas of different ways of spending it so it wasn't to hard for the voters to question what really is the difference. You did touch on Bond sales possibly being an end to Democrat spending. With that thought I would like to interject this, Obama would have never been elected if Bernake wouldn't have done QE4 or at least let the Treasury yields bounce up to more realistic levels where real budgeting would see the blow out of the cost of our Debt. That all took place during the closing weeks of the election. So instead of having anything close to a free market situation QE4 along with QE3 purchases 90 - 100% of the new expanding Debt issuance. This should have been an issue but wasn't, whacks like you amaze me when you don't even get how manipulated things are. If we get to a budget Grand Bargain it will be more like the Grand Reset of our currency.

  8. Writer Bahnsen seems oblivious to the fact that "winning" an election is worse than meaningless if the "winning" party does not truly represent your interests, that such a "win" by a non-representative political party is actually a defeat.

    With the present changing demographics of America, sustained wins by the Republican Party can be achieved only if the Republican Party embraces the new demographics, and thereby abandons its conservative core.

    You don't have to be politically astute to note the demonstrable difference between a
    "Republican" and a "conservative." Bahnsen, therefore, is either willfully blind to that distinction or, more likely, is just a Republican groupie.

  9. Are you serious?? The tax rate would go up for 98% of the pop if we were to have gone over the "cliff"? How in the world do you figure that out, since about 50% of the population pays NO taxes at all?? AND, then figure all the illegals with ID numbers rather than SSANs claiming 15-20 dependents in another country AND getting a tax refund for taxes they never even initially paid?? The only solution to all this BS is a neutron bomb at about 5k feet over about 700 acres of Northern Virginia.

  10. Boehner failed to vote his principles but he sure did manage to remove my Representative from the Agriculture Committee because he always did vote his principles. My honest man didn't vote with Boehner last night, either. When will people of the Republican Party begin to see that establishment Republicans are our enemies and nothing more.

  11. Be nice if we could get a fair election. The Democrats don't even hide their theft of elections anymore. That's because they know no one has the balls to do anything about it.

    How can you say taxes aren't going up? You sound just like a Democrat when you gush that we will be spared the massive increases that would have happened. Just like the wife who comes home and tells her husband she saved $150. She bought the $150 dress instead of the $300 dress. That's no savings. And don't forget all the obamacare taxes that were conveniently put off until after the 2012 election.

    This American did not ask for record deficits and irreparable entitlement spending on November 6. Don't blame me for that fiasco.

  12. Every incumbent, regardless of party, should be replaced, next election. Just voie for the new guy, regardless.

  13. First, there must be free elections. Second, there must be fair elections. Then and only then will I accept the consequences of losing the election. It is clear neither happened.

  14. He got his way without wining the election: he got his way being a no president President.

  15. Bob Marshall says:

    Why not call our political party what it really is and that is Republicrats.Like Ron Paul said,the American people actually believe there is a real difference between the two parties. They do put on a great show.

  16. Winning an election does not equate to setting up your own kingdom nor does it give you the right to thumb your nose at the people who put you in office.

  17. We don't go to voting booths anymore, they are polling places where they ask our opinion not our demands. Sgt.Mac