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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 10:18 AM

Progressive Rep. Jim Moran on why he voted no -- deal sets up THREE MORE hostage situations

I agree totally with him.

MORAN: Many of us feel, certainly on this side, that the deficit does not matter, but it does matter because we have another deficit — a deficit in the investment and education of our children, a deficit in the training and skills of our work force, and the physical infrastructure of our country. We will have none of those resources to make that investment after we make this vote tonight. And the problem is, we have set up three more fiscal cliffs. We ‘re gonna have to deal with the debt ceiling, We’re gonna have to deal with the continuing resolution expiration, and we’re gonna have to deal with the sequester. And all that’s left is spending cuts. And all that’s left to ask ourselves is, what programs do we cut and how deep do we cut them? We have to look back on this night and regret it, notwithstanding the fact that 95% of us will vote for it.


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Reply Progressive Rep. Jim Moran on why he voted no -- deal sets up THREE MORE hostage situations (Original post)
Report1212 Jan 2013 OP
bigtree Jan 2013 #1
unblock Jan 2013 #2
Report1212 Jan 2013 #3
bhikkhu Jan 2013 #4
democrattotheend Jan 2013 #5
Report1212 Jan 2013 #6

Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 10:24 AM

1. any port in a storm?

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 10:28 AM

2. republicans will always find a way to hold the nation hostage.

the best solution isn't to try to avoid handing them hostage situations.
the best solution is to figure out how to punish them, or at least not reward then, when they do.

clinton basically did this when gingrinch shut down the government in '95/'96.

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Response to unblock (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 11:02 AM

3. The deal did neither

But you have the right idea too

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 11:09 AM

4. I think Obama is uniquely unafraid of these kind of deadlines

He seems to use them to force a dysfunctional congress to actually work together. Without this last "cliff", then the prior "government shutdown" last-minute deal, and the prior epic campaign that pushed the ACA through the 111th congress...

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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 11:12 AM

5. I saw his floor statement last night

He used to be my congressman, and I have not always agreed with him, but I agreed with him last night.

I guess the verdict on whether this was a good deal or not will depend on what happens after this. I was encouraged by the way the president framed the debt ceiling last night.

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Response to democrattotheend (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 11:44 AM

6. Obama said for years he would not extend tax cuts above 250k

I am not encouraged by him saying things, I'm encouraged when he does things.

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