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Both Sides Must Give Ground To Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Darkness Fish Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 1:49 PM
"Barone is a big government NeoCon. Like all big government Republicans he is only upset because his team is out of power. He has no regard for the health of the county. And he has negative regard for the rights of the individual." Barone might not be quite as conservative as you or I are, but he is right of center. I have read his columns for years because he is generally very astute and insightful. I don't recall him being a big government guy (he generally writes about politics, not so much issues), he does care about the country and he deserves better than this.
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...