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Obama Ups Bid as GOP Looks For Way Out of Crisis

Floyd35 Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 8:04 AM
Give them what they want ,but make them amend the voting rights bill so that you do not get to vote if you pay less than a 20% tax rate on your earnings. A failure to do so means no vote for the greedy rich who refuse to pay thier fair share. It also means those who live off the sweat and hard work of others do not get to vote because they contribute nothing to anyone. They have to get a job and earn a taxable income or they do not vote. This would make it undesirable to give away freebies in hopes of getting votes. It woudl help end vote buying! Gradually new faces, honest ones, would replace the old ones in congress and the country would work its way out of debt. Think about it!
Whoknows Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 8:24 AM
I totally agree, if you do not contribute you cannot vote. The way it is now is like telling the Salvation Army what to do with their money from donations , but never donating yourself. How far do you think you would get with that?
rhinegarten Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 8:11 AM
How far do you think that would get? I'm not saying it's a bad idea. It just wouldn't go anywhere with this administration.

It's possible to have a strong hand and still overplay it. As Republicans see things, that's what President Obama is doing in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations.

In private conversation, some in the GOP appear a little sheepish about the fact that they once took the president seriously. Even though he had the upper hand after winning re-election, they thought he genuinely wanted to avoid going over the cliff and would negotiate in good faith. Then Obama sent Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to Capitol Hill with a thumb-in-the-eye offer, and Republicans got the message.

In subsequent days, Obama has not...