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BREAKING: GOP Counters WH Offer on Fiscal Cliff, Embraces Bowles-Simpson Variant

Jerry555 Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 6:27 PM Contact the Speaker, Do NOT cave. This two pronged approach, closing loopholes for the special interests and across the board entitlement cuts, can lead to a balanced DEFICIT, it will not close in on the debt, but I have not read that far.
Jerry555 Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 6:28 PM
Right now, do the the deduction/entitlement cut approach.

They HAVE to know, that the deduction/loophole, will give them more money than this little tax hike.

Well, this move by Speaker Boehner doesn't exactly follow my Simpson-Bowles playbook to a tee -- but Erskine Bowles does make an appearance, and Republicans are going on (realistic, reasonable) offense.  In a new letter addressed to the president, House Republican leaders firmly reject the president's non-starter "proposal," pointedly decline to counter with an equally unrealistic wish list, and offer an alternative bipartisan solution: