While earning my B.A. at SUNY Albany, I learned that Theatre of the Absurd is a style of Drama, which expresses the belief that human existence is meaningless, and therefore all communication breaks down. Logical plot construction and argument gives way to irrational and illogical speech and actions and an ultimate conclusion, which is silence.
Like Theatre of the Absurd, Speaker Boehner’s actions in the Fiscal cliff debate defies all logic, communication is breaking down and is primed to give way to the silence of the Republican Party and maybe for good. And like the Wizard of Oz, he is ignoring the fact that he has ALWAYS had the power to go home. Allow me to explain:
- A tax increase is a tax increase: I don’t know anyone who will walk into an auto dealership and proclaim, I want to buy a new car…and I demand to pay the sticker price! But that’s how the GOP began negotiations– by giving in raising taxes on the successful—they don’t want to raise the actual rates but by closing loopholes which will have the same effect–raising taxes on the successful. It might look prettier but it’s still a tax increase.
- A tax increase is NOT a tax increase: A few years ago, the president called for closing loopholes to increase revenue from the rich. Today he is saying he will veto any bill that does not increase the actual percentage of taxes paid by the successful. So he is not looking for revenue –he is looking to punish the GOP.
- SHHHH, It’s not Just the rich: As former DNC Chair–Governor John Dean said the other day..it will not be just the rich who will be taxed—everybody needs to pay higher taxes.