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Obama Ups Bid as GOP Looks For Way Out of Crisis

tporter Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 3:07 PM
The Republicans need to pass a bill NOW that extends the tax cuts to ALL. That puts the cliff on the backs of the Dems. Then the Representatives need to send news releases to all their districts and constituents that they are trying to reduce taxes on everyone and encourage jobs. (Point out that 4% of $500,000 is a job for someone. And we all trust a small business to create a job more than government.) Then they should pass another bill that cuts every Department/agency/program/line item the amount that the GAO has found in the last two years to have waste and fraud. The Republicans get cuts and they can claim they only cut waste. If the Dems don't pass the bills the cliff is on them! They have to start winning the propaganda battle.

It's possible to have a strong hand and still overplay it. As Republicans see things, that's what President Obama is doing in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations.

In private conversation, some in the GOP appear a little sheepish about the fact that they once took the president seriously. Even though he had the upper hand after winning re-election, they thought he genuinely wanted to avoid going over the cliff and would negotiate in good faith. Then Obama sent Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to Capitol Hill with a thumb-in-the-eye offer, and Republicans got the message.

In subsequent days, Obama has not...