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Wed Dec 19, 2012, 12:49 AM

DeFazio explains the "chained CPI" and Gang of Six Plan



There is more at Digby Hullaballo on the topic.

Fiscal Cliff Notes

A few weeks ago, the Obama administration was firm that they wouldn’t budge on tax rates for income above $250,000 and that they wouldn’t budge on the debt ceiling. They’ve since budged on both. Republicans increasingly think the White House will concede more now, and that if they don’t concede more now they’ll definitely give Republicans a better deal if threatened with debt default. Whether or not that’s true, it pulls Republicans — and Boehner — to the right, as it makes it harder for Boehner to argue for a compromise now

Meanwhile, the White House has problems within their coalition, too. Their allies are disappointed to see an old dynamic reasserting itself: The president makes concessions, thinking he’s close to a deal, and then the Republicans pocket those concessions, offering nothing but renewed threats to blow up the talks in return.

“This fight is not going to be won by the president taking a step towards Boehner, Boehner taking a step toward the president, the president taking a step toward Boehner, Boehner taking a step toward the president and so forth until they meet in the middle,” says Damon SIlvers, policy director at the AFL-CIO. “That hasn’t worked before. Boehner doesn’t take the steps. It will be won by the president clearly siding with the American people on tax fairness and preserving the safety net from benefit cuts.”

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Reply DeFazio explains the "chained CPI" and Gang of Six Plan (Original post)
madfloridian Dec 2012 OP
Stargleamer Dec 2012 #1
madfloridian Dec 2012 #2
99th_Monkey Dec 2012 #3
Dustlawyer Dec 2012 #4
dotymed Dec 2012 #5

Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 02:15 AM

1. Well as Sam Cooke would say. . .

". . .that's the sound of the men working on the Chain Gang. . ."

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Response to Stargleamer (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:02 AM

2. Apt comparison

It has the same feel about it..the elderly being exploited so the rich folks get what they want.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 05:51 AM

3. I love DeFazio. One of the few real Democrats. ~nt

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 06:59 AM

4. I knew it! Obama had 2 ways to go, 1.) play hardball, he has a mandate and no further elections for

himself; or 2.) continue like he has the 1st term. Unfortunately, he picked 2.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 08:22 AM

5. Same shit, different day.

Americans are too preoccupied, dumb, scared...? To take to the streets in vast numbers. That is the big difference between America and other 1st world nations...in other countries the politicians know that the people will rebel against tyranny,they are afraid of the vast number of citizens taking to the streets and demanding change.
In America the politicians know that our under-informed electorate will do nothing..

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