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Pushing Conservatives Off the Fiscal Cliff

Dianne101 Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 12:47 PM
The Republicans agreed that if there was no budget deal by January—actually it was originally their suggestion, the budget would be cut, with half of the money coming out of defense and the other half out of unspecified domestic programs, with the White House in control of which programs those would be. I figured they must know something I didn't know, because this was such a blatantly stupid move on their part, I couldn't believe that they would do it. At this point, unless the Republicans cave to whatever the Democrats want, on January 2, every pay check in America is going to be cut-- on average about $2000 a year ( assuming a $50k salary), when the Bush tax cuts and payroll tax cuts expire. Now that Washingto
Dianne101 Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 12:49 PM
totally has everyone's attention, they will notice that everyone in congress agrees that money should be restored to their paychecks. However, the Republicans will only agree to that if families making over $250,000 a year also keep their tax cuts.

Since their defense of the rich is causing the voters to, by about a 30 point margin, blame the Republicans for that hole in their paycheck and believe that the Democrats are trying to fix it, what incentive do the Democrats have not to drag this out as long as they can? They don’t want to solve the problem before that hole actually appears in the checks and DC suddenly has the undivided attention of everyone, even people who couldn’t tell you who won the presidential election. Then t
olerocker/bluesman Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 1:54 PM
This number, $250,000 a year is to low, it will kill little business, were not talking what just a family makes but business also.......I have not heard about th agreement that families over the amount keep their tax cuts....
Dianne101 Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 12:49 PM
totally has everyone's attention, they will notice that everyone in congress agrees that money should be restored to their paychecks. However, the Republicans will only agree to that if families making over $250,000 a year also keep their tax cuts.

Since their defense of the rich is causing the voters to, by about a 30 point margin, blame the Republicans for that hole in their paycheck and believe that the Democrats are trying to fix it, what incentive do the Democrats have not to drag this out as long as they can? They don’t want to solve the problem before that hole actually appears in the checks and DC suddenly has the undivided attention of everyone, even people who couldn’t tell you who won the presidential election. Then t
Dianne101 Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 12:53 PM
. Then the Democrats either win a victory for the Middle Class, to the applause of everyone who gets a paycheck, or the Republicans hold out until they don’t have a Middle Class supporter left in the country.

Maybe electing a bunch of rookie Republicans in 2010 was a mistake, because they totally got played.



The conventional wisdom has emerged that in order to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff," politicians in Washington must agree to some method of tax increases ("revenue") -- which will be real, even if low taxes are not the cause of our ills -- alongside some kind of promise of spending restraint on entitlement programs, which is our problem, and which no one believes Washington will restrain.

The American left and our "objective" journalists -- same thing, I know -- are not helping the nation balance its budget. As usual, these partisan hacks are obsessed with tearing the Republican coalition apart,...