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Optimism: 50 Percent of Americans Say Best Years Are Behind Us

T172 Wrote: Jan 03, 2013 6:48 PM
"Start by demanding the moon (a.k.a., 1.6 trillion in tax hikes), let the Republicans offer half the moon, then keep demanding compromise, meaning, split the difference, rinse, lather and repeat as the outcome asymptotically approaches his original goal." Have you ever negotiated for something before? That is straight out of the text book "How to Negotiate 101".
RHSimard Wrote: Jan 03, 2013 7:00 PM
Sure, but that implies that both parties are able to stand up for their side of the bargain, and do. Obama created a lose-or-lose-worse case and exploited it.

But there is a much greater distinction from the textbook case. In that case, parties are negotiating in their own self-interest. Our leaders are supposed to be leading in OUR interest. They are not allowed to put their personal passions ahead of the nation's well-being. Maybe Obama really believes his own BS. Maybe he really believes the rich are a bottomless well of wealth to be exploited. Somehow, I think that he knows better.
byeBarry Wrote: Jan 03, 2013 6:58 PM
I smell, "collective bargaining", union trash, commie pig!
Jon Russo Wrote: Jan 03, 2013 6:56 PM
Cutting off a perfectly good foot to save a perfectly good leg. That's the deal Americans get from Washington DC.

At least the Democrats are happy. Yeesh!

Once again, Gallup has asked voters perhaps every pollster’s favorite question: Do you think America’s best years are behind us, or yet to come? As it happens, the results are rather predictable:

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If anything, Gallup’s findings underscore one self-evident truth -- that is, the American public is deeply divided on this question along partisan and ideological lines. And it’s no mystery why. For their part, conservatives are still grappling with the fact that President Obama won re-election, Obamacare will soon be the law of the land, and the latest so-called “fiscal cliff” compromise...