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Here Comes the Cliff

Joseph1819 Wrote: Dec 24, 2012 10:20 AM
There is "Governing" the way the Mr. Barone thinks of it (correctly) and there is "Governing" the way Democrats think of it (winning political elections). The Republicans are the bad guys that wont raise taxes on the rich and want to cut spending on Oliver Twist to buy guns and start wars. Obama is our saviour. Give Obama 39% 49% 59% 69% tax brackets, a $20 minimum wage as a package that will send the country into a tailspin but have all Rs ABSTAIN and let it pass with 100% Dem votes. Obama and the Dems get the credit or the blame.
Stanpauley Wrote: Dec 24, 2012 11:58 AM
Obama may get the blame, BUT at a cost of much pain and loss of life. That does not sound like a victory to me.
Ron781 Wrote: Dec 24, 2012 12:45 PM
But it might sound like victory to Obama.
Stanpauley Wrote: Dec 24, 2012 11:58 AM
Obama may get the blame, BUT at a cost of much pain and loss of life. That does not sound like a victory to me.
Last week, Republicans proved they are not a governing party. Next week we will see whether Democrats are.

A governing party would have, reluctantly, passed Speaker John Boehner's Plan B, which would have preserved the current tax rates on everyone with incomes under $1 million.

Passage would have put Senate Democrats on the spot, since they voted for a similar measure in 2010. They might have engaged in negotiations with Boehner that could have been more productive than his negotiations with Barack Obama this month and in the summer of 2011.

Then, as Bob Woodward reports in his book "The Price...