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  •  That would make a deal like that even (0+ / 0-)

    worse then.  

    •  I dont think so (0+ / 0-)

      There are a lot of Dems who want the defense sequester at least partially stopped. The reality is those are spending cuts too, and they will have an effect on the economy.

      To me, there is a long term benefit here, in at least partially preventing this same scenario from happening again next year.

      •  I wish they cared as much about Medicare (4+ / 0-)

        cuts that will be triggered as they do about the military cuts.

        Actually, I wish they were smart enough to know that the deficit problems won't be solved by shutting the freaking government down.

        Anyway, the Republicans would hear from their military contractor friends quickly and would act even more quickly to change it if the defense sequester really went through.

        That's the truth of the matter.

        Warren Buffet said this fiscal cliff is NOT a cliff and that Obama should hold his ground and wait the GOP out event if it takes until the first of the year.  I think he's more right than wrong.  He also pointed out that that's the way you negotiate and get what you want - he said something to the effect of you have to be willing to let it go on a little longer and not be so concerned with these hard deadlines.  He's not wrong on that.

        •  Fair point (1+ / 0-)
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          I'm not disagreeing with Buffet. And I'm not saying Obama needs to offer a deal out of panic. He is in a much better position than he was two years ago at this time. But I think that is what a deal could look like.

          •  I think he should have let all of the cuts expire (0+ / 0-)

            in 2010.  The GOP would have reinstated the middle class cuts and the deficit chicken little's would have had far less to use as political rhetoric in the run up to this campaign - and less to play those debt ceiling games with that brought us to that stupid awful deal that will level automatic cuts to Medicare.

            Anyway, what's done is done, but there's a whole lot more to this mess than should have ever been allowed to be put onto the table.

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