Voters Believe Obama Won a Mandate to Increase Taxes on the Rich

By: Wednesday December 12, 2012 9:26 am

When it comes to the taxing the rich President Obama has the clear upper hand in the realm of public opinion. A new Bloomberg Poll found Americans overwhelmingly believe Obama won a mandate to raise taxes on the wealthy. From Bloomberg: President Barack Obama won the public argument over taxes so decisively that almost half of Republicans [...]

What to Keep in Mind When Judging Any Possible “Fiscal Cliff” Deal

By: Monday December 10, 2012 9:51 am

By simply being intransigent, Obama could get much of what he claims to want without giving anything to the Republicans in return. What Obama “gives up” should only be weighed against what he couldn’t have gotten eventually. Things like accepting a tax increase on the wealthy or raising the debt ceiling should not even be counted as a real concession by Republicans because they would be forced to accept those anyway.