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Both Sides Must Give Ground To Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Beeblebrox Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 2:50 PM
@Chris102. I'm not quite to this point of cynicism. I think the GOP would love to show people they can live without Big Government. They all have a job whether our budget is 2 Trillion or 2 Billion per year. The GOP members have their jobs because the voters want someone in DC to limit the scope of government. The Dems are there because their voters want government hand-outs. Of the two, the GOP benefits from a shutdown because their voters won't be affected while the Dem voters will meltdown (and probably riot but that's going to happen anyway when the US goes completely bankrupt).
In his first formal press conference in months, Barack Obama showed that getting re-elected can increase a president's confidence and combativeness. He staked out tough stands on several issues, especially on the looming budget negotiations.

Looking ahead to the "fiscal cliff" on Dec. 31, when the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts expire and sequestration cuts government spending sharply, Obama demanded $1.6 trillion of increased revenues as part of any budget bargain.

That's twice the number he and Speaker John Boehner agreed on in the grand bargain talks in the summer of 2011.

Those talks fell apart when Obama telephoned Boehner and raised his demand...