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Anatomy of a Flop: GOP "Cliff" Counter-Offer Fizzles

Chestertonfan Wrote: Dec 04, 2012 8:38 PM
After he had spent and spent, and created no net jobs. Unemployment was higher in 1938 than in 1931 when FDR took over. Like so many, FDR's words did not match up with his actions, either economically or wrt civil rights.

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...