Charles Krauthammer: Republicans need to call Obama's sequester bluff

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  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    The author, as he does on Fox continues to incite with his writing.

    He writes of tax reform of being revenue neutral, and the purpose of that would be????

    Pres Obama is not the only one who knew the country could not afford the tax cuts instituted by Pres Bush. The 1.3 trillion in revenue it cost USA (really the country could not afford) is now seen as an entitlement by those unable to see that money was not theirs.

    Pres Bush gave the money to the masses in a tax break rather than actually fund the debts the country had already incurred. He could have used it to partially fund medicare or social security or his entire worthless department of education but instead of paying the mortgage payment he took his kids skiing (or in other words gave each person a popular tax break) the country could in no way afford.

    Those who struggle with math concepts or who buy lottery tickets hoping for some grocery money might not understand that concept.

    Now the country cannot afford the military, post office or medical system. What is to be done?

    taking the kids skiing won't help...again

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Feb. 11, 2013 12:41 p.m.

    Last time Harry Reid refused to allow the House bill to the floor for debate, and BO refused to sign anything that wasn't a tax increase and anything that cut spending. Those 2 get the blame for last time.

    This time it is the cuts that are set to take place. Either find better cuts or take the ones we have.

    If they compromise short of spending cuts, it will be congress's fault.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Feb. 11, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    "That's right... when you get cornered blame Congress."

    So, do you not like congress getting the blame or are you refuting my statement?

    I do blame congress. We hear how Obama did this and that, but in the end, it is congress that must vote.

    And neither party was big on extending the payroll tax cuts

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Feb. 11, 2013 8:19 a.m.


    You forgot the raise on capital gains, which is a tax on retirement for all of us who are trying to save for ours, because social security will be bankrupt and gone when we retire.

    Seems to me that 'shared sacrifice' would mean current retirees also should have their benefits capped or trimmed. My future retirement income was just reduced. I am paying theirs, mine, and then I am paying for the massive welfare rolls too. I am going broke here, just like our country.

    I hope we don't end up abandoning our retirees, but at the current rate, we will have to. We need to have massive economic growth, and make welfare and unemployment back into workfare and jobs if we are to be prosperous enough to take care of our elders. This president either doesn't know how to make this happen, or doesn't care about our country at all.

    Spending cuts are the first step to solvency. We better do it before it is too late.

  • tgurd Gonzales, LA
    Feb. 11, 2013 7:35 a.m.

    I would like to comment on furry and I believe dave s comments your head is in the sand as are all who think this pres is doing a good job. campaigner in chief is still aboard spreading the stories of how is being thwarted at every turn while bankrupting our country. Charles K is the one bright spot in someone whose willing to call things as they are. Charles is someone like Tom Sowell who has again and again brought up what is happening to the Blacks and the poor in this country the complete trying to get everyone on the government dole. one last remark hows that Obama care working out?? all of you who thought this was such a grand idea, wait till your jobs are cut to under 40 hours cause of insurance cost then you can really be thankful for your leader. Oh and gun control hm fast and furious lets see hm our gov put guns into the hands of drug runners let me see, how did that work out besides the killing of a border agent. and our attorney gen mr holder I have no recollection of that.

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    Feb. 11, 2013 7:32 a.m.

    I am perfectly happy with raising taxes. Shared sacrifice. But, only, if the deficit is zero and the taxes are going to pay off the debt. Otherwise, the taxes will go in and instead of helping future generations, the money will be wasted in the form of payoffs to politically powerful groups like affluent seniors rather than reducing the debt burden to future generations.

    Obama has gotten his symbolic tax increase. Now it is time to get down to business and cut spending and then tax later.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 11, 2013 12:36 a.m.

    Republican officials don't care if payroll taxes go up since payroll taxes affect the poor more than the rich. Why do you think Jindal is proposing lowering income taxes and increasing the sales tax (scored as cutting taxes for the top 20% and increasing them for the bottom 80%)? Why do you think Utah is proposing increases to the food tax? I wasn't surprised by that at all since they don't care about taxes other than those that affect the rich (income, capital gains, estate taxes).

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 11, 2013 12:27 a.m.

    @Mike Richards
    You seem to completely ignore the facts that
    1. The Republicans in Congress wanted the payroll tax to go back up (it's not even a violation of the Norquist pledge).
    2. Mitt Romney wanted the payroll tax to go back up.
    3. Obama wanted to keep the payroll tax holiday but had to offer it up in negotiations with Republicans, especially when it became apparently that he didn't have more than about half the Democrats with him on keeping it.

  • Neanderthal Ogden, UT
    Feb. 10, 2013 9:41 p.m.

    @JoeBlow: "Obama has not raised your taxes, nor does he have the power. That job belongs to congress."

    That's right... when you get cornered blame Congress.

    @Pagan: "It seems the conservative movement has learned nothing from the 2008 and 2012 elections."

    They've learned from the two elections that the country is going to the dogs... and if they wish to win an election they must be (1) in favor of abortion, (2) in favor of gay marriage, (3) in favor of amnesty for illegal immigrants, and (4) in favor of raising taxes.

    "I will be glad when people start putting the country, above their political party."

    Won't we all... and that will be when the people stop electing Democrats.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 10, 2013 8:45 p.m.

    It seems the conservative movement has learned nothing from the 2008 and 2012 elections.

    I will be glad when people start putting the country, above their political party.

    Not what we see today from the GOP.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Feb. 10, 2013 7:54 p.m.

    My understanding was that the tax increases include the following:

    1. Payroll tax holiday expiration.
    2. Obamacare taxes (though he likes to call them "fees")
    3. Increased taxes on individuals earning over $200,000 and couples earning over $250,000 annually

    Item #3 amounts to $600 Billion, or is it $800 Billion of new revenue.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Feb. 10, 2013 7:48 p.m.

    "He raised the taxes on every family in America by ending a tax cut. Our taxes were raised."

    Your hatred for Obama colors everything you write and causes you to lose sight of the truth.

    Obama has not raised your taxes, nor does he have the power. That job belongs to congress.

    Neither party was pushing to end the tax cuts, hence the vote of congress.

    You can blame who you want but that does not change reality.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 10, 2013 6:25 p.m.

    Let's let Obama's own words define what is a tax increase and what is the end of a temporary tax decrease:

    December 7, 2010, "President Barack Obama sacrificed one of his top campaign promises -- raising taxes on high earners -- in a compromise with Republicans to extend current tax rates for everyone for another two years."

    December 20 2010, "He said repeatedly during the campaign that he intended to let them expire. The tax rates, passed during President George W. Bush's administration, were set to go up in 2011."

    January 1, 2013, "Obama also said the public supported him on raising income tax rates on high earners: " I think every voter out there understood that that was an important debate, and the majority of voters agreed with me. By the way, more voters agreed with me on this issue than voted for me.”

    His subject was ending the Bush tax cuts. He called it a tax increase, not the end of a temporary tax cut.

    He raised the taxes on every family in America by ending a tax cut. Our taxes were raised. He called ending the Bush cuts a raise. He raised our taxes $1,200 a year.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Feb. 10, 2013 5:58 p.m.

    "Why do Democrats think that our grandchildren should pay for their "perks"? "

    GOP pushed 2 unfunded wars while passing medicare part d. Both unfunded.

    Yes, the dems are great at spending and passing on the bills. Just like the GOP.

    Why, Mike, do you only rail against the Democrats? Can you sincerely not see that the GOP is as guilty (and maybe more guilty)?

  • Miss Piggie Ogden, UT
    Feb. 10, 2013 5:48 p.m.

    @KJB1: "Mike, the tax increase you love to go on and on about was a temporary payroll tax holiday..."

    Perhaps Mike was referencing the Obamacare 'penalty.' Or the now $20,000 healthcare insurance premium that Obamacare wrought.

  • Alfred Ogden, UT
    Feb. 10, 2013 5:41 p.m.

    @Furry1993: "... the guy who cares more about political "purity" than he does about the welfare of the United States."

    The guy who doesn't care a scintilla about this country is the guy who refuses to knowledge our national debt is going to kill us and we must get it under control. And who's that? It's the same guy who raised the debt by more than almost the other presidents put together...

    Oh, and the same guy who broke our national immigration laws by providing amnesty to certain illegals... Obama. Why he has not been impeached is a total mystery.

    @Ralph West Jordan: "How sweet it is to watch them scurry about trying to find a way to fix the unfixable."

    As soon as the Republicans get up a little courage it will be fixed... with impeachment.

    "Four more of Obama and eight of Hillary!"

    Which means the end of America as we know it, is near.

  • dave Park City, UT
    Feb. 10, 2013 4:01 p.m.

    Charles Krauthammer's next screed will be about playing chicken on the train tracks. He is all about calling a bluff on mutually assured destruction. Not very smart.

  • KJB1 Eugene, OR
    Feb. 10, 2013 3:35 p.m.

    Mike, the tax increase you love to go on and on about was a temporary payroll tax holiday that was designed to end at the end of last year; neither Republicans nor Democrats in Congress wanted to extend it. It's no different than a store returning to its regular prices after a Christmas sale is over. You've been repeatedly told this on these forums and you continually choose to ignore us. You're determined to hate President Obama no matter what he does, so why should we take you seriously on this topic?

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 10, 2013 1:35 p.m.

    Why do Democrats think that our grandchildren should pay for their "perks"? They offer nothing to stop the "pork", but they demand that taxes be raised. Do they really think that Americans have an extra $1,200 per family just lying around to give to Obama? They must, because they increased the taxes on you and me by $1,200 per year. Oh course, they didn't call it a tax increase because Obama told us that he wouldn't increase taxes on the average citizen. Everyone of us knows that it was a tax increase and that Obama lied to us, but the liberals deny the facts.

    Obama is out of control. He has been out of control since he entered office. He will continue to be out of control until he is sent to "time out". Denying him EVERYTHING is the best way to help him understand that he is working for us and that we don't have money for him to spend.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Feb. 10, 2013 10:56 a.m.

    This article is correct with regards to tax increases. The president just finished raising hundreds of billions of dollars in new tax revenue last month, and now he wants to raise taxes again.

    Republicans could certainly leave additional tax increases on the table, but first must insist on the president agreeing to meaningful spending cuts, including entitlement spending.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Feb. 10, 2013 10:16 a.m.

    A good barometer for what NOT to do would be chuck's columns. Thanks chuck for again, the weekly advice! Our country need to do exactly the opposite of what you suggest

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 10, 2013 10:10 a.m.

    Why encourage continued obstinate behaviour in the republicans? Isn't there a more cooperative way to approach this?

  • Ralph West Jordan Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 10, 2013 9:42 a.m.

    Another Sunday Des. News / Krauthammer exercise in dilusional behavior! The days of calling Obama's bluff are gone. He is the POTUS and has the majority (235-206) on his side! Aside from the pockets of Rad. Right Utah being one, the country is swinging left/middle and the Repubs are on a rapid downhill slide. How sweet it is to watch them scurry about trying to find a way to fix the unfixable. Four more of Obama and eight of Hillary!

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Feb. 10, 2013 8:45 a.m.

    I saw the article heading and thought it must be from someone who doesn't have a clue. I was right -- it came from Krauthammer, the guy who cares more about politicial "purity" than he does about the welfare of the United States. He proved that again through this column. He showed, again, that he would sell the county down the river if the radical far right extremists would gain from it. This guy is a disaster who, unfotunately, has found a place to happen. Hopefully nobody with a scintilla of common sense pays him heed.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 10, 2013 6:37 a.m.

    "The morning after, they should sit down with Obama for negotiations on real tax reform as recommended by the president's own Simpson-Bowles commission: broaden the base, lower the rates."---The Simpson-Bowles plan raises taxes much more than anything that President Obama has proposed. As such, it is completely and totally unacceptable to Republicans.