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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:45 PM

Ezra Klein - "Here’s what Republicans really hated about Obama’s news conference"

Interesting take from Ezra Klein who has argued that President Obama is going to pocket what ever tax revenues he gets now, then demand additional taxes in the future in response to Republican demands to cut spending. This is why McConnell is claiming that Obama is moving the goal posts, even though he really hasn't.


President Obama’s cheerful, mocking statement enraged Republicans. But the bigger problem is he said something Republican leaders have been trying to hide from their members. Obama said, clearly, that if the GOP wants more spending cuts later, they’re going to need to hand over more taxes, too. In fact, he said it repeatedly.

He made the point when talking about the sequester:

I want to make clear that any agreement we have to deal with these automatic spending cuts that are being threatened for next month, those also have to be balanced, because, remember, my principle always has been let’s do things in a balanced, responsible way. And that means the revenues have to be part of the equation in turning off the sequester and eliminating these automatic spending cuts, as well as spending cuts.


And then he made it again when talking about Medicare cuts:

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Obama “just moved the goalpost again. Significantly,” tweeted Mitch McConnell’s spokesman.

That’s really why Obama’s comments posed a threat to a deal. The GOP’s congressional leaders want to tell their members that if they just vote for this modest tax increase now, then they can move onto the debt ceiling, where their enhanced leverage will let them force a deal that’s all spending cuts. Obama, in effect, said that’s not true. He said if Republicans raise taxes now, he’s going to pocket that tax increase and demand tax increases in the next deal, too.

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TomCADem Dec 2012 OP
thelordofhell Dec 2012 #1
Cali_Democrat Dec 2012 #3
Sadiedog Dec 2012 #4
alfredo Dec 2012 #5
SunSeeker Dec 2012 #7
otohara Dec 2012 #9
ZRT2209 Dec 2012 #10
pacalo Jan 2013 #14
Iggo Jan 2013 #17
Cooley Hurd Dec 2012 #2
Ford_Prefect Dec 2012 #6
Demo_Chris Dec 2012 #8
Freshout Dec 2012 #11
Cha Dec 2012 #12
Coyotl Dec 2012 #13
Fantastic Anarchist Jan 2013 #15
smorkingapple Jan 2013 #16

Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:47 PM

1. This is what the republicans saw

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Response to thelordofhell (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:56 PM

3. LOL. Best part of that movie

That part always has me

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Response to thelordofhell (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 08:59 PM

4. Oh my that made me laugh! I had never seen that before! nt

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Response to thelordofhell (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 09:51 PM

5. I love the vinyl cover on the couch.

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Response to thelordofhell (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:14 PM

7. LOL nt

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Response to thelordofhell (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:21 PM

9. That's Funny

good start to 2013

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Response to thelordofhell (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:24 PM

10. LOL. exactly.

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Response to thelordofhell (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:01 AM

14. Hahaaa!

Bingo!



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Response to thelordofhell (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 12:57 PM

17. That song kicks ass!

I'm gonna sing it all day in the prez's honor.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:49 PM

2. Elections have consequences. In this case, the repigs lost BECAUSE the majority of Americans...

...did not agree with them.

Have they LOST the last modicum of sanity? Do they NOT know that elections have CONSEQUENCES???

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 09:56 PM

6. They still live in the bubble of their own infallibility. They would deny the end of the planet

if it were staring them in the face as long as they thought they could win by stalling. They only believe in power, not in the community that elected them, not in the common good embodied in the Constitution and certainly not in the Bill of Rights.

They are the worst sort of opportunists and will do anything to make sure theirs is the only choice that matters.

They are treasonous scum and might better be sent to clean up from Hurricane Sandy by hand than walk the halls of congress. A small dose of THAT reality might go a long way towards re-humanizing them.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:15 PM

8. Good!

 

This is what I want to see from Pres. Obama.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:26 PM

11. Fuck them.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:39 PM

12. Thank you, Tom.. for this analysis from Ezra Klein..

I heard all that in his Cheerful Statement.


President Obama delivers remarks about the fiscal cliff negotiations in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Dec 31



http://theobamadiary.com/

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:43 PM

13. Hey Republicans, it is Obama's game, he can put the goalpost where he wants. Get used to it!

Dudes, he is the President AND the President-elect. Mr. President, please proceed and place the goalposts.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:36 AM

15. Link?

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 12:28 PM

16. He basically told them "Fuck you pay me" several times in that presser. He's rubbing it in now

and they hate it

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