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Obama Barreling Toward Real Fiscal Cliff

Neal from PA Wrote: Dec 04, 2012 1:44 PM
We’re Idiots ALL...yes we are…for allowing ourselves to be coned by politicians that only care about power and the next election. They refuse to make the hard decisions that we the people elected them to make. You may think I am crazy; but look to World History, learn from it because we are headed down the same path.
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...