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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 10:48 AM

The plan the right is pretending not to like

The plan the right is pretending not to like

By Steve Benen

House Republican leaders presented a debt-reduction "plan" to the White House yesterday, which GOP officials insist is a "serious" offer. To help underscore why it's so very difficult to take the Republican proposal seriously, I put together this image, showing what each side would get as part of this attempt at "compromise."



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But here's the kicker: conservative activists are criticizing the GOP offer, or at least, they're pretending to.

Scoot over Democrats. The far right is launching its own attacks against Speaker John Boehner's "fiscal cliff" counter proposal -- a sign that unrest could be brewing within his House GOP Conference.

"Sadly this plan leaves conservatives wanting," declared Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, the advocacy group partially backed by billionaires David and Charles Koch, in a statement Monday.

Meanwhile, Heritage Action, the Heritage Foundation's lobbying wing, alerted its members in an e-mail: "Not only are Republican leaders asking their members to go back on their promise not to raise taxes on the American people, but they appear unwilling to fight for the bold entitlement reforms that won them the House in 2010."

So, as far as the right-wing GOP base is concerned, a debt-reduction deal in which Republicans make no concessions at all represents an enormous sellout.

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In other words, the Koch brothers' operation and the Heritage Foundation's lobbying wing are trying to offer some cover for House Speaker John Boehner and the Republican leadership -- if the left and right both claim to oppose the GOP's so-called "counteroffer," then maybe it's the moderate solution between two extremes.

Don't believe it. The offer from Republican leaders yesterday is a silly, far-right fantasy.

http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/04/15671839-the-plan-the-right-is-pretending-not-to-like

Wonder how many millions they spent to come up with that "only they think they're being clever" strategy?

Dear Republicans, you lost!

White House shoots down House Republican proposal on fiscal cliff
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021922397


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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 11:15 AM

1. Kick! n/t

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 01:38 PM

2. The Shitpublicans are real clowns

"What you propose is NOT serious. What we propose IS serious." Good thing they said that before we had a chance to reply!

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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 02:17 PM

3. GOP motto: our minds are made up-don't confuse us with facts

Especially the fact that Dems kicked our asses.

Another GOP motto: we have the divine right to act like tinhorn dictators and impose our fantasy world on the American people, even--or especially--when we ignore the will of the people who don't want our infantile fantasies enacted into law."

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