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Obama Barreling Toward Real Fiscal Cliff

Houziwang Wrote: Dec 04, 2012 2:44 PM to see who the wealthy supporters of Obama are...Media billionaires and gay rights supporters. Somehow the list doesn't show the innovators that you mention SteveL2.
Some commentators wonder why President Obama always engages in brinksmanship. Why can't he meet Republicans halfway, like Clinton did, they ask. Let me try to respond.

One blogger suggests that Obama prefers to play chicken, taking the nation right to the edge of a fiscal disaster because it will increase the likelihood that the GOP will cave. Perhaps, but there's more to it.

Many of us warned that Obama is not, by nature or ideology, a conciliator. He is not a centrist, and he's not someone who is interested in the other side's ideas. He knows what he wants to do, and he...