Yesterday evening we reported the details of House Republicans' "fiscal cliff" compromise offer to the White House, which offered real ideological concessions, to the tune of $800 Billion in new revenues. The plan -- originally conceived last year by the Democratic co-chairman of the debt commission, Erskine Bowles -- also calls for the reduction of both discretionary and mandatory spending, making needed (albeit small-ball) reforms to the largest drivers of our debt. Unlike the president's risible, widely-panned proposal last week, Republicans' new negotiating posture offers genuine compromise: (a) It has bipartisan origins, (b) it achieves "balance," (c) it...
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"Anatomy of a charade" is a far better description of these 'budget talks'. The GOP is simply shuffling thru the motions of a well-known and familiar routine; a tank fighter putting on a semi-believable 'show' for the crowd before he takes his fall to the canvas and takes the 'ten count'.
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