A “Little” Reaction
Posted on November 9, 2012 by Lou
He begins “fiscal cliff” negotiations with House Republicans by asking the “wealthiest Americans to pay a little more in taxes.” I’m already annoyed. Why use the word “little”? If we want a small increase, shouldn’t we start by demanding a medium-sized one and let the other side knock down the initial proposal.
I’m afraid the president will slip into a familiar routine: meeting his opponents halfway, then meeting them halfway again – and again.
But I shouldn’t be so negative.
Think how enormously relieved and grateful we are to Obama for saving us from a Romney Administration.
Maybe the emotional intensity of the campaign has triggered in me a “reaction formation”? That’s the impulse to reduce anxiety by taking on the opposite behavior of what we’re really feeling.
Would that explain my fear that this President would allow the discredited Republicans to roll him?