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BREAKING: GOP Counters WH Offer on Fiscal Cliff, Embraces Bowles-Simpson Variant

Bruce2397 Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 7:56 PM
They're not "liberal" channels, they are all owned by free-enterprise loving, top 2% taxpaying capitalist corporations who are interested in a continuing stream of revenues and profits. By and large they make their living on being factual and sticking to objective journalistic standards, while MSNBC has decided to pitch themselves as the liberal counterweight to the right-wing Fox News. Do they care about us? As people, no. As viewers, yes---and if we (I'm talking about those of us who walk upright and think about things logically here, not "people" like you) thought they were not interested enough in the facts or were too biased we'd probably tune out. They wouldn't like it if we tuned out---it would hurt the ratings and profits.

Well, this move by Speaker Boehner doesn't exactly follow my Simpson-Bowles playbook to a tee -- but Erskine Bowles does make an appearance, and Republicans are going on (realistic, reasonable) offense.  In a new letter addressed to the president, House Republican leaders firmly reject the president's non-starter "proposal," pointedly decline to counter with an equally unrealistic wish list, and offer an alternative bipartisan solution: