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Both Sides Must Give Ground To Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Jugjock Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 7:09 PM
Perhaps Michael would be more comfortable posting his thoughts over at the Huffington Post. Instead of suggesting that Republicans start by positioning themselves to make compromises, perhaps the Democrats could begin the process by making a quantitative proposal. They won the election, hold blocking power in the Senate, and own the executive and judicial branches. What will they lose if the Republicans don't agree? They have several options: they can go the executive order route, declare a national emergency, etc. It's obvious that they can control the negotiation process; let the tax cuts expire; pocket the additional revenue; and blame the Republicans for the program cuts by failing to negotiate. The media will report it their way.
Bruce2397 Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 11:22 PM
I love how any "deviation" from the approved line is dealt with harshly----off to the re-education camps for Barone! To the gulag for his error, teach him to spout only approved doctrine!
In his first formal press conference in months, Barack Obama showed that getting re-elected can increase a president's confidence and combativeness. He staked out tough stands on several issues, especially on the looming budget negotiations.

Looking ahead to the "fiscal cliff" on Dec. 31, when the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts expire and sequestration cuts government spending sharply, Obama demanded $1.6 trillion of increased revenues as part of any budget bargain.

That's twice the number he and Speaker John Boehner agreed on in the grand bargain talks in the summer of 2011.

Those talks fell apart when Obama telephoned Boehner and raised his demand...