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Obama Ups Bid as GOP Looks For Way Out of Crisis

an army employee Wrote: Dec 10, 2012 9:00 PM
For Congress, Set forth a bill for the top bracket of 78 per cent (or more) stating that this is a "fair share". With that rate and the state taxes and FICA it would amount to confiscation but ... For any Democrat that votes against it demonize him as being "against making the rich pay their fair share" for those voting for it demonize them as being greedy b**tards willing to leave the high earners peniless. For the Republicans, do what our fearless leader did in Illinois, vote present. After that, start the serious discussions about CUTTING first.

It's possible to have a strong hand and still overplay it. As Republicans see things, that's what President Obama is doing in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations.

In private conversation, some in the GOP appear a little sheepish about the fact that they once took the president seriously. Even though he had the upper hand after winning re-election, they thought he genuinely wanted to avoid going over the cliff and would negotiate in good faith. Then Obama sent Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to Capitol Hill with a thumb-in-the-eye offer, and Republicans got the message.

In subsequent days, Obama has not...