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Anatomy of a Flop: GOP "Cliff" Counter-Offer Fizzles

Longplay Wrote: Dec 04, 2012 9:07 PM
"Democrats Winning Public Relations Battle, Again" But of course. Santa Claus always wins out over reality. Especially if that reality's spokespersons are wimps without the courage of their convictions.

Yesterday evening we reported the details of House Republicans' "fiscal cliff" compromise offer to the White House, which offered real ideological concessions, to the tune of $800 Billion in new revenues.  The plan -- originally conceived last year by the Democratic co-chairman of the debt commission, Erskine Bowles -- also calls for the reduction of both discretionary and mandatory spending, making needed (albeit small-ball) reforms to the largest drivers of our debt.  Unlike the president's risible, widely-panned proposal last week, Republicans' new negotiating posture offers genuine compromise: (a) It has bipartisan origins, (b) it achieves "balance," (c) it...