Obama came in to office promising a new era. He got it. A new era of partisan fury, directed from conservatives at him. Except he wants to pretend it doesn't exist. If he keeps pretending, he'll be here for just one term.
It is certainly a convenient argument that raising taxes in a recession will hurt growth -- if you are really, really wealthy. But is it based on reality or ideology? A look at the record can provide some answers to that question.
Many who listened to President Obama's account of this week's meeting with Republicans believed there was hope for a bipartisan conclusion to the lame duck Congress. What planet do he and they think they're on?
The conservatives who cried wolf about tax increases over a decade ago also claimed George W. Bush's tax cuts would spur economic growth, job creation and balanced budgets. Instead, they turned surplus into deficit.
The current economic downturn is simply not the time to adopt blanket fiscal austerity, with more income inequality today than ever before. Instead, it's time to invest in the middle class, create jobs and spur economic growth.
Moms are good at sniffing out trickery. So when some of our leaders tell us they can afford to extend tax cuts for the rich, but can't afford to continue unemployment benefits for millions of families, we're a bit suspicious.