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Republicans' Ace in the Hole: Simpson-Bowles?

Stan306 Wrote: Nov 30, 2012 6:47 PM
Propose Simpson Bowles tout it as a bi-partisan agreement. Make a big deal out of the fact that it still give the president his Obamacare. The Dems will reject it... Then say that going over the fiscal cliff is unacceptable to the Republicans, but it is impossible to negotiate with the democrats for getting federal spending under control so that the Federal government lives like everyone else has to live - within their means. Then make a great big deal about being forced to go along with the democrats and that you only see three choices: 1) the fiscal cliff, 2) Simpson Bowles that will control spending and reform entitlements so that they don't go broke and we loose them all together, or 3) accept the Presidents plan.
coveyrise Wrote: Nov 30, 2012 7:09 PM
There is a FOURTH OPTION that would force Obama's hand. If Republicans agree to increase taxes on the "Evil Rich" only on the condition the Obama and the Democrats open up all Federal Land and Offshore for Oil and Gas Drilling and Coal Mining and stop the EPA from writing it's own laws on CO2 the US Treasury can take in additional revenue of over $200 Billion per year and keep more than $450 billion in our economy every year. The total of new royalites paid on 9 million barrels of crude imported every day, the new taxes paid by 10 million newly employed people and the $56 Billion in savings in extended unemployment benefits is 2 1/2 times what they will get by taxing the rich. This is without raising any tax rates.
coveyrise Wrote: Nov 30, 2012 7:11 PM
If Congress would pass and the President would sign the Natural Gas Act that's been pigeon holed since 2007 which offers incentives to run over-the-road 18 wheelers on compressed natural gas we pick up another 3 million jobs and another $40 billion in new taxes.
shmuggy Wrote: Nov 30, 2012 6:51 PM
So basically, the Repubs have a PR per normal.
If they spent a few mill from RNC to get a high priced marketing firm to disseminate all this crud from Barry.....then the whole country would understand!

Yeah, I know.
Stan306 Wrote: Nov 30, 2012 6:50 PM
Since the first two are out - the only thing left is #3. Then plan it carefully and loudly arrange the Republican votes so that the Democrats can get Obama's plan if they all vote for it...

At worst we end up in a spiral into the ground from which we can start to rebuild and at best America hangs on and overcomes enough to survive it, but in coming elections the Dems pay the price.

Democrats appear to have the upper hand on the politics of the fiscal cliff, which might explain their brash pronouncements and mind-blowing conceptualization of "compromise."  This morning I outlined three possible contingencies for Republicans, none of which is especially attractive.  But is there a fourth way?  The GOP's dilemma is a doozy.  Their opponents, emboldened by the election, are pushing for counter-productive tax hikes on "the rich" -- a politically popular...