Some Unsolicited Advice For The GOP – Use Political JuJutsu


Jujutsu […] is a Japanese martial art and a method of close combat for defeating an armed and armored opponent in which one uses no weapon or only a short weapon.[1][2] The word jujutsu is often spelled as jujitsu, ju-jitsu, jiu-jutsu or jiu-jitsu.

“Jū” can be translated to mean “gentle, supple, flexible, pliable, or yielding.” “Jutsu” can be translated to mean “art” or “technique” and represents manipulating the opponent’s force against himself rather than confronting it with one’s own force.[1] Jujutsu developed among the samurai of feudal Japan as a method for defeating an armed and armored opponent in which one uses no weapon, or only a short weapon.[3] Because striking against an armored opponent proved ineffective, practitioners learned that the most efficient methods for neutralizing an enemy took the form of pins, joint locks, and throws. These techniques were developed around the principle of using an attacker’s energy against him, rather than directly opposing it.[4]

Dear Republican Party:

“Vox populi, vox Dei” is Latin for “Dear God, how did we get in this mess?”(Nec audiendi qui solent dicere, Vox populi, vox Dei, quum tumultuositas vulgi semper insaniae proxima sit). Well, the people have spoken, and once again the message is completely unintelligible.

The people seem to have voted for the status quo, which means they want Obama to keep proposing and they want y’all to keep disposing. In other words, gridlock. But gridlock is not in your best interests. I don’t believe it is in our nation’s best interests either.

If the Republican party spends the next 2-4 years more or less successfully opposing tax increases and the implementation of Obamacare while advocating spending reform, the Democrats will run for reelection claiming that GOP obtructionism is the reason why Obamacare ain’t working and the economy is still flatlined. You know, basically the same thing they said this year.

So what can you do? You can win by not fighting.

Imagine that there is a 6 foot, 6 inch tall, 300 lb muscle-bound steroid freak charging at you with intent to to you great bodily harm. What makes more sense – standing your ground and meeting him head-on or stepping aside and tripping him as he rushes past so that he crashes into an immovable object? I would go with the latter.

That’s the basic concept of Jujutsu. The principle can be applied in many ways. Let’s say you got a kid who won’t eat his dinner and just wants to eat candy other sweets all the time. You can fight with him every day, or you can buy him a big bag of candy and then let him eat as much as he wants. After he gets done puking it will be awhile before he craves sweets again.

Now what you gotta do is a little tricky and it involves some deception on your part, but no outright dishonesty is needed. The thing is you gotta give the impression you really are opposing Obama and the Democrats, but you are gonna lose on purpose. This strategy won’t work if everyone knows what you are doing.

The Democrats have been doing this for years – they make big promises and tough speeches, then cave in when it gets to the nitty gritty. Most of your people will still be able to vote their consciences, but you need to have just enough Republicans either not vote or vote with the Democrats to pass bills or defeat filibusters. In your case it’s best to pick people who plan to retire soon anyway, because the Tea Party activists will be coming after them in 2014 and 2016.

If you really want to win the next couple of elections, then let Obamacare go into effect. It’s gonna hurt the economy, but you gotta think of it as tough love. The voters won’t be blaming you guys even though Obamacare was originally a GOP idea.

Now I realize that raising taxes is anathema to you Republicans, but once again you gotta let it happen. But you can make the outcome hurt the Democrats more than it hurts you.

Moe Lane:

While I think that it’s adorable that Susan Estrich thinks that Barack Obama cares about why anybody did or did not vote for him, it’s also pretty much irrelevant. What’s got her guts in an uproar is apparently rumors that the President wants to cap charitable deductions and lower the mortgage interest deduction… coupled with the sudden and unwelcome realization that Republicans are maybe going to smile nastily and let Obama do just that…

What’s that? Why is that a possibility? Oh, well, the reason why is because a hard cap on charitable deductions will bite deep into the willingness of rich liberals to fund nonprofits, including ones that are frankly front groups for Leftist advocacy organizations; and lowering the mortgage interest deduction will have the same effect on Blue State residents as would, say, a sledgehammer between the eyes would to a cow. Shared sacrifice, baby.

Personally I would eliminate the deduction for charitable deductions and cap the mortgage interest deduction.

Victor Davis Hanson has some additional ideas:

The current battle over the budget hinges on whether to return to the Clinton-era income-tax rates, at least for those who make more than $250,000 a year. Allowing federal income rates to climb to near 40 percent on that cohort would bring in only about $80 billion in revenue a year — a drop in the bucket when set against the $1.3 trillion annual deficit that grew almost entirely from out-of-control spending since 2009.

Instead, why not agree to hike federal-income-tax rates only on the true “millionaires and billionaires,” “fat cats,” and “corporate jet owners” whom Obama has so constantly demonized? In other words, skip over the tire-store owner or dentist, and tax those, for example, who make $1 million or more in annual income. Eight out of the ten wealthiest counties in the United States voted for Obama. Corporate lawyers and the affluent in Hollywood and on Wall Street should all not mind “paying their fair share.”

Upping federal tax rates to well over 40 percent on incomes of more than $1 million a year would also offer a compromise: shielding most of the small businesspeople Republicans wish to protect while allowing Obama to tax the 1-percenters whom he believes have so far escaped paying what they owe, and then putting responsibility on the president to keep his part of the bargain in making needed cuts in spending.

Likewise, instead of hiking death taxes on small businesspeople, why not close loopholes for billion-dollar estates by taxing their gargantuan bequests to pet foundations that avoid estate taxes? Why should a Warren Buffett or Bill Gates act as if he built his own business and can solely determine how his fat-cat fortune is spent for the next century — meanwhile robbing the government of billions of dollars in lost estate taxes along with any federal say in how such fortunes are put to public use?

I won’t lose any sleep over the thought of Hollywood celebrities taking a big haircut. Obama’s their guy, let them pay for his ideas. But don’t be surprised to see them start skedaddling to other countries to avoid high US taxes.

But the really tricky part is on spending reform. It’s a trap.

Obama and the Democrats know damn well that we are headed for a fiscal train wreck if we don’t tame the budget beast. But they want to blame y’all for making the tough, unpopular choices. They want YOU to raise taxes on the middle class. They want YOU to cut government spending.

Don’t fall for it.

Unless and until the Democrats in Congress agree to pass bipartisan spending cuts and Obama agrees to sign them, do nothing. They will dangle a possible win in front of you – with a united GOP and a few crossover Democrats they’ll let you pass a budget that begins to significantly address the deficit. Obama might even sign it. But you will get blamed.

Paul Ryan’s plan will work, but it won’t be popular. Nobody likes going on a diet or tightening their budget. Controlling the deficit and reducing the national debt will require sacrifices from everyone. The only way it will work is if both parties agree to a plan, so if the Democrats won’t cooperate then you need to fail.

Put the Democrats in the hot seat where they will get the credit and the blame. I know that sounds like a trick but it’s not. I have the country’s best interests in mind here.

If the Democrats are able to pass all the key pieces of legislation they want in the next two years, one of three things will happen. Either things will get better, things will stay the same, or things will get worse. I’m guessing they’ll get worse.

If things get better then you’ll have done what’s best for our country and you can try to jump on the bandwagon before it’s too late. If things remain the same then no harm, no foul. But if things get worse, you won’t get blamed, they will. That will make winning the next election fairly easy.

But if you maintain the stalemate and things get better the Democrats will claim all the credit. If things stay the same or get worse they will blame you. If you compare the two strategies you can see that the first one is the only one with a positive outcome for your side and no outcome where you get blamed.

“He either fears his fate too much,
Or his desserts are small,
Who dares not put it to the touch,
To win or lose it all.”

James Graham, 1st Marquess and 5th Earl of Montrose, 1612-1650

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32 Responses to Some Unsolicited Advice For The GOP – Use Political JuJutsu

  1. votermom says:

    In my opinion, GOP should cooperate with Obama in exchange for at least two of these :
    1. A National Balance Sheet – what is the possible objection to this?
    2. An audit of the Fed
    3. A law that no Senator can get re-elected if the Senate does not pass a budget (ditto House & Congressmen)

    • foxyladi14 says:

      I like that VM. 🙂

    • lyn5 says:

      Sounds good. I think all hell is going to break loose in the next four years if the buzzards don’t have any rules to follow.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Obama proved in his first term he does not play well with others and got re-elected. I doubt he cares any more about negotiating when he seems to get whatever he wants with the stroke of his Executive Order pen.

      Now if he really cares about his country and his legacy, he’ll prove me wrong 😀

  2. foxyladi14 says:

    Congratilations on the 1.5 million hits !!CDH

  3. gram cracker says:

    I think Boehner is up for what you propose. Boehner is crafty and streetwise. He was in Congress when Gingrich was Speaker and the Federal Government shut down. Clinton didn’t get blamed, congressional Republicans did.

    Boehner remembers that lesson well. His problem is some of his caucus members, particularly the younger, less experienced tea partiers and ideologues. Eric Cantor is itching to replace him. The trillion dollar question is can Boehner skillfully herd his caucus through the next few months of posturing and negotiations necessary to give Obama and the Dems enough r*pe to hang themselves.

    (Hope Obama and r*pe in the same sentence doesn’t bring the FBI and Clyburn down on my rycist *arse. Maybe should substitute dope for r*pe and no I’m not paranoid, just aware of the times now that “big sis” and Leahy are watching the intertubes too.)

    • myiq2xu says:

      That reminds me:

      The GOP needs to take “rape” and all references to female anatomy out of their vocabulary.

      • DandyTiger says:

        No kidding. What a bunch of idiots. They deserve to lose every time with that shit. That right there is the Republican creep factor. Here’s a simple line for all male Republican’s: “it’s none of my business, I’m a guy.” Here’s the default line Republican’s should all know by heart: “except in cases of rape and incest or the life of the mother”. It’s reeducation camp time for the Repubs.

      • gram cracker says:

        Yea, much as I dislike Ann Coulter, Republican politicians need to be schooled by Ann about not falling into the “gutter” trap laid for them by the LSM.

        “Akin wasn’t asked some out of the blue question no Republican candidate has ever been asked: He was asked the most jejune, obvious question every Republican is asked in any race for any office. How can a Republican not have an answer for: “What about abortion in the case of rape and incest?”

        The point I believe Akin was ultimately driving at was that this is a teeny-tiny percentage of all abortions, so why are we spending all our time taking about it? How about saying: “Yes, it’s still a life, but more people are killed in drive-by shootings in Chicago every year. You give us the 2 million abortions that aren’t a result of rape and incest and we’ll give you the few thousand that are.”

        Instead, Akin rambled about “legitimate rape” – violating an ironclad rule of politicians that the word “legitimate” should never appear within 15 yards of the word “rape.” And he talked about the medical possibility of becoming pregnant from a single traumatizing rape.

        He’s not a talk radio host. He’s not sitting around shooting the breeze in a college dorm room. This is a politician who should have a clear, nonthreatening answer at the ready for the most cliched question in the MSM’s playbook.”

    • piper says:

      Hide if you see the black helicopters circling your house.

      • gram cracker says:

        I’ve seen the black helicopters before. One time when Bush I was visiting the GE aircraft manufacturing facility here the wash off the escort helicopters’ blades was so severe it blew chairs over on the deck by my pool.

      • myiq2xu says:

        Hide Sunbathe nude if you see the black helicopters circling your house.


    • fif says:

      But how can anyone “confront the media” at this point–because they will not repeat anything that does not align with their agenda? The contrary messages or facts do not get through, and most people are so uninformed, they walk around parroting talking points.

      • myiq2xu says:

        “Do the best you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Teddy Roosevelt

      • lyn5 says:

        Good point. I think the Republicans have to create a message about the media’s Obama bias and hammer away every time they are on the news programs. One day that hammer will hit the nail.

    • DandyTiger says:

      Yep, and it was on purpose. Obama is their guy. Shhh, don’t tell the Republican party constituents.

      • votermom says:

        I said that way back in the primaries – the GOP powers that be would rather lose to Obama than let a reformer like Palin win.
        Now they let Mitt win because they thought they could control him, but as Angie noticed, once he started sounding like he would actually reform the corruption, he had to lose.

    • DandyTiger says:

      Sums it up:

      “Why are Republicans not the anti-establishment party?,” Caddell asked.

  4. gram cracker says:

    Boo hoo hoo! Baseball players want to avoid paying their “fair share”.

    President Barack Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney was of as much interest to baseball’s money men as the game scores, given the millions of dollars routinely guaranteed in player contracts these days.

    As free agents negotiate deals this offseason, tax policy is an area that comes up along with the usual issues. Some players are wrangling for as much money as they can get before the end of the year to avoid a take hike in 2013.

    “Front-loading would make sense if at all possible as tax rates will definitely go up on January 1st on all high-income taxpayers,” agent Greg Genske said in an email. “The only question is HOW MUCH will the rates increase????”

  5. myiq2xu says:

    I wonder if the Raider game would be more interesting in Spanish?

  6. myiq2xu says:


    Under ObamaCare, employers with 50 or more full-time workers must provide health insurance for all their workers, paying at least 65% of the cost of a family policy or 85% of the cost of an individual plan. Moreover, the insurance must meet the federal government’s requirements in terms of what benefits are included, meaning that many businesses that offer insurance to their workers today will have to change to new, more expensive plans.

    ObamaCare’s rules make expansion expensive, particularly for the 500,000 US businesses that have fewer than 100 employees.

    Suppose that a firm with 49 employees does not provide health benefits. Hiring one more worker will trigger the mandate. The company would now have to provide insurance coverage to all 50 workers or pay a tax penalty.

    In New York, the average employer contribution for employer-provided insurance plans, runs from $4,567 for an individual to $ 12,748 for a family. Many companies will likely choose to pay the penalty instead, which is still expensive — $2,000 per worker multiplied by the entire workforce, after subtracting the statutory exemption for the first 30 workers. For a 50-person company, then, the tax would be $40,000, or $2,000 times 20.

    That might not seem like a lot, but for many small businesses that could be the difference between survival and failure.

    Under the circumstances, how likely is the company to hire that 50th worker? Or, if a company already has 50 workers, isn’t the company likely to lay off one employee? Or cut hours and make some employees part time, thus getting under the 50 employee cap? Indeed, a study by Mercer found that 18% of companies were likely to do exactly that. It’s worth noting that in France, another country where numerous government regulations kick in at 50 workers, there are 1,500 companies with 48 employees and 1,600 with 49 employees, but just 660 with 50 and only 500 with 51.

    New York City’s small business could be particularly hard hit. Of the 238,851 city firms included in a state Department of Labor survey, 96% had fewer than 50 employees. How many of them, given the chance to expand, will look at the mandate and decide they’d rather keep their small business small?

    Overall, according to the Congressional Budget Office, ObamaCare could end up costing as many as 800,000 jobs.

    • DandyTiger says:

      That article is of course racist. /s

    • As if. There are plenty of ways to tap out at 49 employees and keep growing. In addition to the much discussed part-time loophole, what’s to stop a business owner from incorporating a new business and growing out with a different division? What nobody is yet talking about is the new virus model that’s coming to business that will specifically be designed to avoid Obamacare regs. That’s the problem when you make a major top-down, micro-focused change that doesn’t address the problems with the rest of the system. Viruses mutate and replicate. It’s in the genes.

  7. Constance says:

    It is pretty odd to me that people I know who voted for Obama (I’m not sure why, 60 yr old lesbians who feared for their reproductive rights and such) seem to think Obama care is a garbage plan and they are going to get screwed. I just find this stunning, what did they think they were voting for? I can’t figure out why people this illogical readily memorize and regurgitate Democrat fear narratives regarding Republicans.

  8. Constance says:

    At my age I am kind of excited about the fact that there is going to be more part time jobs thanks to Obamacare. This crap about going to work every day is getting old. I would like part time work now that my house is paid for and my kids are mostly gone. I need to move to a smaller house so none of them can move back in. I think this is going to be another Government policy that old people like and young people are devastated by. I really think young people should be attracted to the Republican small government ideas, Republicans just need to give up on trying to control reproductive decisions of women. If birth control isn’t covered then ED drugs should not be covered Republicans need to talk about that. And since women are forced to contribute a monthly payment to some form of insurance where do Republicans get off saying government or business is paying for their birth control when clearly their own payment is covering the cost of it.

    • yttik says:

      LOL! You sound like me! I’ve got my mother and two adult kids living with me. My dream is to downsize into a smaller house that nobody will fit in and work one part time job due to Obamacare. That should save me on taxes, too.

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