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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-10 10:06 PM
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New York Times Editorial: Obama's tax cut deal is a win for Republicans and their obstructionism




Editorial
The Tax Cut Endgame
December 6, 2010

President Obamas deal with the Republicans to extend all the Bush-era income tax cuts is a win for the Republicans and their strategy of obstructionism and a disappointing retreat by the White House.

On a decidedly sour note, Mr. Obama also said he had agreed to cut estate taxes even more than in the last year of the Bush administration. That is not compromise. It is capitulation.

The tax cuts were not affordable when they were passed and are even less affordable now with unpaid-for wars, with a weak economy crying out for recovery efforts, with the nations infrastructure and education system increasingly decrepit, and with retiring baby boomers inexorably driving up health costs and the budget deficit in the decades to come.

All of this only validates the Republican strategy of obstruction, and invites more. Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, has never wavered in his stance that all Bush tax cuts should be extended. Mr. McConnell and the Republicans will undoubtedly now push to make the cuts permanent.

Read the full editorial at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/07/opinion/07tue1.html?r...

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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-10 10:08 PM
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1. K & R
Off to the greatest!!1!
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-10 10:08 PM
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2. A sad truth
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Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-10 10:08 PM
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3. Ugh.
The small vocal minority always wins, even if they lose. Amazing.
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leftstreet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-10 10:10 PM
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4. Ouch
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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-10 10:11 PM
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5. Yep, it's a defeat. I think Obama realizes that.
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RufusTFirefly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-10 10:12 PM
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6. Noooo!!!! Pres. Obama has drawn a line in the sand!!!
Didn't the ultra-liberal New York Times recognize this??


( :sarcasm:)
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mr_liberal Donating Member (246 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-10 10:12 PM
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7. Thsi is all good for Obama
He does not need support from a liberal paper like the NY Times, he needs to get independents back.

I hope he sees something like this as a sign that he's doing the right thing. because he cant back down now to the left, he must continue this bipartisan moderate path.

Ill be curious to see what the polls show after this bill passes. and especially curious to see the reaction of independents.
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girl gone mad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-10 10:26 PM
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8. The polls favor the liberal position..
as usual.
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October Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-10 10:58 PM
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9. Seriously?
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NeoConsSuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-08-10 05:47 AM
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11. You lost me on...
NY Times is a liberal paper.
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-08-10 07:21 AM
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12. LOL!
Thanks for a morning laugh!
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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-08-10 01:28 PM
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18. Umm, an overwhelming majority of people are in favor of raising taxes on the rich
That includes liberals, conservatives and moderates.

Much like the overwhelming support people have for the public option and repeal of DADT. Obama isn't going against the wishes of just liberals, he is going against the will of the entirety of the American public. That is never the right thing to do.
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pacalo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-08-10 04:18 AM
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10. Bi-partisanship is good when both parties are willing to do so in earnest.
When the Republicans call themselves "the party of NO" & their Senate leader publicly states that he wants to make Obama a one-term president, I can't reconcile why Obama wants to "reach across the aisle". I didn't vote in 2008 for Republican policies. Obama has executive powers to get around bad legislation; why embrace them as though he had no choice? I don't get it.

This article nails my frustration.
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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-08-10 08:28 AM
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15. Not always. The deregulation of Wall Street was a bi-partisan affair.

And so were the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

And NAFTA.

And the Defense of Marriage Act.
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donco6 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-08-10 08:19 AM
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13. True k&R n/t
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TBF Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-08-10 08:22 AM
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14. No kidding. nt
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Supersedeas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-08-10 08:29 AM
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16. Joe Skank and Meeka were trumpeting the Great Compromise as a Repuke victory as well
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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-08-10 01:26 PM
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17. One step forward, two steps back.
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-08-10 01:34 PM
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19.  "Senator Mitch McConnell...has never wavered in his stance.." - Unlike his alleged opponent.
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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-08-10 04:17 PM
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20. "That is not compromise. It is capitulation."
Exactly!

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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-10-10 08:38 PM
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21. ..
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