More of John Carney’s vaporous nothing makes it into print

Filed in National by on December 3, 2012

I think that it is a strange choice for John Carney to set himself up as the Democrat with no ideas. It hurt him in his primary against Markell, and now he seems determined to repeat his mistake. I mean, we can assume he’ll be facing a Democrat in a primary election at some point, and he will want to have some kind of Democratic brand identity when that roles around, right?

And yet, Carney wastes ink in this weekends News Journal telling us that 1) Returns day is awesome 2) People want bipartisanship 3) The debt is the worst thing ever, and 4) He is proud of addressing the debt “crisis” by having voted for a commission report so flawed and lacking that never made it out of committee. Genius!

1, 2 and 3 are false and 4 is just odd. The Simpson Blows report, really? That’s what you want people to remember.

Here is a link if you don’t believe me.

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  1. puck says:

    Part of the President’s current negotiating posture is that he is perfectly willing to go over the cliff if Republicans won’t compromise.

    Thanks, John Carney, for undermining our newly-elected President.

    Here’s an idea – instead, why don’t you support the President? Talk about your plans for negotiating middle-class tax cuts in January along with some sensible spending reform that doesn’t cut the safety net.

    Will John Carney just not be happy until he cuts Medicare?

    And Carney had better get ready to own Bowles Simpson, with its capped deductions, its 29% top marginal tax rate, and its medical tort “reform.”

  2. cassandra m says:

    LOL! I was going to try to write about this piece today. Carney also touted this thing on Facebook yesterday — if you are on FB and get his posts, you should see it. You’ll get right away why this piece got written.

    Bipartisanship Theater, with it’s erstwhile sideshow of Balance.

    He is proud enough of voting for Simpson Bowles (which really wasn’t the plan that the Commission proposed) and this should tell all Democrats following this thing how out of step he is with his own party’s negotiating stance — EB is currently quite off of the table) and never tells you he also voted for the Budget Control Act which is how this fiscal cliff came into being.

    This public wringing of one’s hands over balance and agreement is supposed to mask (I cynically think) the fact that 1) John Carney doesn’t have any better solutions to offer; 2) John Carney doesn’t want to go out on a limb to support the President’s plan (the one he campaigned on); and 3) John Carney thinks it is more important to you that he be seen cooperating rather than fighting for your interests.

  3. puck says:

    ” he also voted for the Budget Control Act which is how this fiscal cliff came into being.”

    LOL @ John Carney

  4. Jason330 says:

    I wonder who he thinks he is playing to with his Bipartisanship Theater? Celia Cohen only gets one vote.

  5. Truth Teller says:

    I use to like John but until he stands with the President instead of acting like we lost the election he will not get my vote. I thought I voted for a Dem and not a Rino. My mistake

  6. puck says:

    “I use to like John but until he stands with the President…”

    I’m just hoping the President doesn’t stand with John Carney. Obama’s new toughness isn’t a done deal yet. Any movement by Republicans on taxes will give Obama cover for going all 2010 on us. Remember in his Des Moines Register interview, Obama did identify Bowles Simpson as his preferred framework for a grand deal.

  7. Jason330 says:

    How bad is ‘Bowles Simpson’ and why do John Carney and the rest of Delaware’s Congressional delegation keep pushing for it?

    It is a HUGE gift to corporations:

    “The territorial tax system they envision would gut the entire U.S. corporate tax code,” said Edward D. Kleinbard, a professor of tax policy at the University of Southern California. “It would lose gigantic sums of money every year.”

    Support for a territorial system has appeared in a number of prominent places. It is among the recommendations from the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, co-chaired by Bowles and former senator Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.), and President Obama’s jobs council. It was part of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s economic platform. And it has been a perennial on the wish lists of business groups such as the Business Roundtable and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as many individual multinational companies whose chief executives met with leaders in Washington this past week.

    Disgusting. Corporate taxes now make up a measly 1.6% of GDP when they used to be 6% – and they still lobby relentlessly for lower taxes.

    Mr. Carney, Why do you keep lobbying for a Mitt Romney policy that was roundly defeated in November?

  8. puck says:

    In one of my many quirks, I am in favor of eliminating corporate tax but replacing it with revenue-neutral increases in rates at the top personal brackets (PIT, cap gains, dividends). That would make corporate officers think twice before taking those huge compensation packages. Also it would enormously simplify corporate tax code by eliminating the incentive to cook the books to declare lower profit.

  9. cassandra_m says:

    The territorial tax thing is key to why all of those CEOs from Fix the Debt are working on supporting the Bowles Simpson framework. And how you know that fixing the debt is the last thing they care about.

  10. Jason330 says:

    Carney and Coons both seem to have this warped perception that agreeing with Republicans on economic matters makes them “fiscal conservatives.”

    It doesn’t, of course. It makes them look foolish. Hopefully they will wise up and distance themselves from the ‘Fix the Debt’ fraudsters.

  11. puck says:

    The only successful fiscal conservatives in my memory are the 1992 Democratic Congress and President Clinton, who put us on the path to a balanced budget and a broadly shared prosperity. Even Republicans stopped complaining about big government because they were too busy counting their money.

    Basically everything else failed. Reagan gave the economy a short jolt, but in the end it was built on debt and Keynesian stimulus to the defense industry.

  12. Jason330 says:

    Here is another thing I don’t get about Carney. Congressional Republicans are deeply unpopular – FOR GOOD REASON. Mr. Carney never makes a nod in the direction of that fact. He never even intimates that we are in this mess because of Republicans.

    If he did, he could still pivot and say – “We have to work together to fix the mess they made with their brain-dead policies.” Or something to that effect.

    It is the whole DC reality bubble inversion taking a toll I guess.

  13. Barbara Mullin says:

    Both Carney and Carper voted NOT to overturn Citizens United and they voted also for the 3 Free Trade Agreements taking more jobs out of the USA. Check it out in Public Citizen News, Vol.32, No5;September/October 2012 issue. Once again I did not vote for
    Carper this election–I voted Green. Six years ago I wrote in Karen Peterson.

  14. Jason330 says:

    They will surely be called to account for those votes in Democratic primaries.

    I kid.