There is nothing more repulsive than a zealot who stands on his/her principles, no matter who is hurt or destroyed. No one likes everything in this tax deal, but the far right who is pontificating on what they are not getting is jumping the shark.
There is a difference between principle with wisdom and principles because of ambition and arrogance. What good is having principles if you use them to harm innocent people?
AJ Strata puts it best:
“...I cannot express how much DeMint is an albatross around the GOP’s neck. One dumb move after another. A pure minority in his private echo chamber. We don’t need to drag everything out in endless grandstanding – do we? DeMint’s unique measurement of ‘perfection’ is definitely the evil of any and all progress. Mr. Moth strikes again….”
On Wednesday’s Michael Medved show, conservative Grover Norquist mentioned that Jim DeMint was being too “pure” for his own good. He also made a snark based comment that when DeMint took pure stands like his doing, he gets on television and a lot of attention.
Could it be that the tea is starting to spoil?
“….DeMint lists several problems he has with the deal, but the big one is the fact that the cuts are temporary. Quote: “[W]e don’t need a temporary economy, which means we don’t need a temporary tax rate. A permanent extension of our current tax rates would allow businesses to plan five and ten years in advance, and that’s how you build an economy.” How are you going to get the Democrats to agree to a permanent extension of all the Bush tax cuts? The left is ready to commit seppuku over a two-year extension; if Obama tried to push something permanent, anger would be such that even Blue Dogs in the Senate would walk away for fear of being primaried. And Obama himself would have a full-scale revolt on his hands among the left instead of the whining and idle primary fantasies they’re indulging in now. It’s one thing to push permanent cuts when you have a Republican president and congressional majority (although, as recent history shows, even then it’s not easy), but with a liberal in the White House and a 58-42 spread in the Senate? C’mon. Exit question: Can Pelosi deliver for Obama among House Democrats?…”
Jim DeMint likes to spew poetic about the Constitution, and how he is a friend of business. The following few lines prove he is either too ignorant to comprehend that the newly elected have not been sworn in, and is too arrogant to realize the problems businesses are going to have on January 1, if these tax rates ARE NOT kept by then. Evidently he simply doesn’t give a damn about how much cost is involved in a small business, when dealing with taxes.
“…DeMint appeared wary of being too tough on his party leaders, but was unapologetic in opposing the deal.
“I don’t want to second-guess my leadership, but frankly, I think we need to come away with a lot better than this,” he said. “We cannot increase the deficit, or keep increasing deficit spending.”
“So again, I’m trying not to be too hard on the people who’ve done this, but we’ve worked too hard, and Americans worked too hard to elect us.”
DeMint said the negotiating process should have been more open and inclusive of new lawmakers just elected, and even expressed a willingness to keep working on a deal into next year and allow taxes to go up on all Americans on Jan. 1.
“So it wouldn’t hurt my feelings at all if we pushed this whole things into next year,” he said. “There are a lot of people advocating for it, saying this is the best that we can get. But I’ve talked to a number of the conservatives today who have grave concerns. I know a lot of them won’t vote for it unless it’s paid for. I don’t think the Democrats are going to cut spending enough to pay for this.”…”
History is full of individuals and situations where men have stood on principle. The Spanish Inquisition and the Salem Witch Trials come to mind as does the vile name of Oliver Cromwell. Then there was Maximilien Robespierre, Lucius Cornelius Sulla, Cotton Mather, John Brown and now Jim DeMint and Michelle Bachmann.
The Pink Flamingo wishes I did not have a prohibition on profanity on this blog. Right about now I would like to use more than a little. A heck of a lot more than a little.
It’s like this – show me a tea party candidate or “leader” and I will show you someone who is an ethically challenged egotistical self-serving ______ _____ you know what. Jim DeMint is owned by the Club for Growth. He can’t make a move without them telling him what to do. It is rather ironic when Bernie Sanders and Jim DeMint are on the same side, both planning to assist in the destruction of small businesses. Gotta love that Club for Growth.
Evidently they don’t really care about the economy, only principle. From the National Journal.
There is a difference between standing on principles for arrogant power, and being honest and honorable. Lindsey is honest and honorable.
Charles Krauthammer thinks it is a very good idea to do the tax deal.
“…Baier: Ok there will be people who say how does that all create jobs. Keeping the tax rates the same, does the payroll tax to workers really pay off in that big of a fashion. And is the 900B dollars that you’re citing, is it worth it in the big picture?
Krauthammer: Well it’s money in that will be – and this is a Republican argument, a conservative argument. You want to leave the money in the hands of the people. So by returning it to workers in the payroll tax, in reducing it with all the Obama tax cuts, and in having the money infused through unemployment benefits for an extra year, plus the absence of the hikes you would have had with the expiration of the bush cuts, you’ve got almost a trillion dollars in the hands of Americans who will spend it. And Republicans will argue that doing it through taxes is the way to stimulate an economy and recovery. It’s a Republican argument and I think it’s gonna work!…”
When can I use the word: JERK?
As a post script, as if to prove he had no clue as to what goes on in the US Senate and about the Constitution, Rand Paul – WHO IS NOT PART OF THIS CONGRESS – is leaning against the tax deal. Does the dim-wit even realize he has no say in anything until he is sworn in next January?