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  •  All the stuff you just wrote is.... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...way, WAY too difficult for the average teabagger to understand.

    They don't make compromise; they make a point, and they'll continue to make a point of not going along with anything that Obama wants.

    •  But this is aimed (0+ / 0-) compromise by our side, i.e., we don't have to be wedded to the 2% number since, e.g., 1% gives about the same amount of revenue.

      Also, the entire Republican caucus isn't in the teabagger category--hopefully.

      •  No compromise is needed (9+ / 0-)

        The Bush tax cuts had an expiration so they should expire. They should never have been made in fact.

        It's a clear, firm line - no need to fuzzy it up.

        •  Not a clear line, nor firm (0+ / 0-)

          It appears to be an article of faith among the vast majority of Democrats that the Bush tax cuts should NOT expire for most people. The question is where is the line drawn.

          •  No question (0+ / 0-)

            at all about where the line should be drawn. Mind you, there is no question at all that climate change is a real issue but that doesn't stop your campaign to run interference on that subject.

            I am sure there is a nice third way blog out there somewhere that would resonate with you.

            •  No idea what you're talking about (0+ / 0-)

              My preference is that the tax cuts expire for everyone (i.e., return to the Clinton-era tax tables), but that is not where the majority of the Democratic Party is right now, it seems.

              And "running interference on climate change"--say what?

          •  Right, but, once they expire, (0+ / 0-)

            the Republicans will be in the position of having increased taxes for the Middle Class by not agreeing to avoid that up front.

            Purging predominantly minority voters and requiring them to present IDs to vote in the face of VIRTUALLY NON-EXISTENT VOTER FRAUD is RACISM! I hereby declare all consenting Republicans RACISTS until they stand up and object to these practices!

            by Words In Action on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:01:06 AM PST

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        •  There was a good reason they had an expiration (2+ / 0-)
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          date...the budgetary math completely exploded if there had not been a sunset date.  The whole Bush tax cut bill was based on fiscal smoke and mirrors.  I wish I could fins a link to some of the op-ed pieces that the NYT ran in the weeks leading up to passage of those tax cuts in the first place.

          Both sides went along with the charade of an expiration date, and both sides knew that the expiration date would never happen because, after 9 years of getting used to lower taxes, most Americans would see the expiration and return to "normal tax rates" as an unbearable tax increase.  That would have been the perception no matter what was going on in the economy.  It simply human nature.

          Oregon:'s cold. But it's a damp cold.

          by Keith930 on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 05:36:59 AM PST

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      •  President said $250K for married, works form me. (4+ / 0-)

        We just had a national election where this was prominently the question. There is no reason for the President to "compromise" on this piece of it.

        Can he "compromise" on other details, sure, take cap gains only to 25% rather than to regular income, or dividends up to cap gains rate, or allow the Republican's to name the bill the "Ronald Reagan Tax Unfairness Act." He made clear what the choice was, 52% of the electorate agreed with him, that's what we should do.

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