Congress & President Playing Chicken

Note about the fight between Congress and the President over tax hikes and spending cuts:

While I am almost certainly going to be accused of “supporting Obama” on this, I would prefer people take my word because I have said this over and over and over again for more than 15 years including multiple times on my blog and about multiple Presidents and Congresses:

When Congress picks a fight with the President, no matter who the President or who leads the Congress, the President usually wins in the public eye.

Prediction: if the President plays chicken on this tax and spending issue and doesn’t flinch, he wins one way or the other politically.

  • http://madisonforum.net/ Sandi

    When Congress picks a fight with the President, no matter who the President or who leads the Congress, the President usually wins in the public eye.

    True more often than not. Congress did win the fight in Clinton’s second term though. However it gave Clinton the credit for the balanced budget.

    The credit ( or blame ) for all budgets goes to congress alone. Only they can spend money: the President can’t spend a nickle without their approval.

  • Dishman

    It looks to me like the President is the one looking for a fight.

    Republicans made some offers with both tax increases and spending cuts, the President rejected those out of hand, and offered a plan with both tax increases and spending increases.

    I’ve come to the sad conclusion that the President believes that Republicans are the Enemy.

  • Scott

    When Congress picks a fight with the President, no matter who the President or who leads the Congress, the President usually wins in the public eye.

    I don’t know why you thought this was so controversial. Even Conservatives would agree that the President is most likely to “win” in the “public eye”.

    Whatever happens, and it’s most likely he’ll get his way, he’ll be the “winner”; but if he gets his way we’re the losers.

  • http://www.deanesmay.com Dean Esmay

    I get called an “Obama apologist” and a “socialist” a lot. Not here because I don’t put up with it, but there are a lot more people reading this blog than commenting on it (that’s for a reason, I’ll put up with a heated argument here but I won’t put up with abuse), plus there’s Twitter, YouTube (where I recently got called a socialist by a well known libertarian blogger), The Moderate Voice, etc. (Although on TMV I’m more likely to be called a closet Republican and liar and right-winger and… you know the drill.)

  • http://madisonforum.net/ Sandi

    “I get called an “Obama apologist” and a “socialist” a lot.”

    No you do not. You have been called for holding a “socialist” view(s), ( of which I am guilty ) which, as I’ve said before, is not the same thing as being called a socialist. If I thought on it, I suppose I may hold one or two myself.

    Please.