Than a mediocre two-termer. This is on sites all over the place today, but I picked up on it because of one particular point the President makes:
The State of the Union will be Obama's chance to jump start his agenda, but he ducked when Sawyer asked if he could guarantee there would not be a tax increase for anyone making less than $250,000.
"I can guarantee that the worst thing we could do would be to raise taxes when the economy is still this weak," he replied.
The President acknowledges that raising taxes in a weak economy is a bad idea. This statement however challenges the entire liberal notion on taxes. What President Obama is inadvertently saying is this; at best an economy can be healthy enough to withstand tax increases, but tax increases are never a move that improves the health of an economy. By conceding a weak economy will be further damaged by tax increases, Obama is admitting that a healthy economy is also weakened by tax increases, but in his estimation is "healthy enough" to withstand the increases.
This puts a lie to the liberal notion that tax cuts are never "healthy" for the economy. Obama doesn't say what his assertion about taxes neccessarily means is true: if tax hikes would further damage an already weak economy, tax cuts would then strengthen a weakened economy. Yet liberals would deny this. But how can one be true and the other false?