The most telling line from Barack Obama’s speech today came when President Obama was trying to convince people that he had achieved a hard-fought compromise with Republicans when he agreed to help them push through tax cuts for billionaires.
Obama said that tax cuts for the rich were “not a hundred percent of what I want or what the Republicans want”.
So, neither the Republicans nor the Democrats got 100 percent of what they wanted in this tax cut deal? I suppose that’s true, strictly speaking.
Republicans only got 99 percent of what they wanted. Democrats got about 1 percent of what they wanted.
You can call that a compromise, sure, but not in the sense of the word “compromise” that Obama meant.