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Both Sides Must Give Ground To Avoid Fiscal Cliff

NewJAl Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 7:35 AM
That is true. They have paid, and then determined that they can spend their money more intelligently than distant fools in Washington, and try to keep as much as possible. Why would anyone allow parasitism, with themselves as the host? I wish the remedy was as simple as flea powder.
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...