Washington Republicans are complaining that President Obama’s new $4.4 trillion deficit-reduction plan — complete with the “Buffett rule” to ensure a minimum tax rate for millionaires — makes no effort to court bipartisan support.
“Class warfare will simply divide this country more. It will attack job creators, divide people and it doesn’t grow the economy,” Rep. Paul Ryan said Sunday on Fox. “Class warfare may make for really good politics, but it makes for rotten economics.”
However, those complaints would be more credible if Republicans hadn’t themselves made it clear, over and over again, that they have no interest whatsoever in bipartisan solutions. Obama has finally concluded that since the GOP has no intention to negotiate, it’s time to draw contrasts, and the package put together by the White House does that quite well.
The Republicans advocate deficit-reduction plans that require absolutely no sacrifice whatsoever from those Americans who even in these times are doing