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Durbin: Entitlement Reform is "On the Table," Just Don't Mention Any Specific Ideas

Sooner Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 12:16 PM
But why should the Democrats negotiate in good faith? If we roll off the fiscal cliff, they get pretty much every thing they truly want (higher tax rates, deep cuts in defense, etc) while blaming the Republicans for failure to compromise. Never mind that the Democrat's definition of "compromise" is the same as most people's definition of "surrender"...

You will invariably hear over the coming weeks that our politics are broken because these damned Republicans refuse to compromise on anything.  This narrative, to put it bluntly, is a lie.  John Boehner reportedly offered hundreds of billions of dollars in new revenues during debt deal negotiations last summer (only to have Obama pull the rug out from under him), as did the GOP contingent on the 'Super Committee.'  Democrats shut down that plan, too, then refused to offer a single unified counter-proposal.  Sensing that they've backed their opponents into a corner in this dispute, liberals are aggressively...