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Both Sides Must Give Ground To Avoid Fiscal Cliff

binc Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 6:32 PM
From reading many blogs I get the feeling that Obama supporters are nervous as opposed to thrilled. What? was this a fun game to strike out at those you hate while assuming we would win? Were you hoping to be able to whine and knash your teeth for another 4 years at least? You won, you own it now...have a ball.
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...