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  •  That's just not realistic. (4+ / 0-)
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    eXtina, TheLizardKing, Deep Texan, davekro

    The House Republicans will bring up -- and pass -- a one-year continuation of the tax cuts for everyone "while they work out a deal."  (If talks fall apart, I seriously expect them to do this BEFORE December 31.)    That would take the pressure off them -- they would be all over the place saying they just did vote to keep tax rates where they are on everyone while they worked out the "Grand Bargain" the President wants.   We'll be right back where we are now -- having to broker a deal.  

    •  where it'll get really interesting (3+ / 0-)
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      eXtina, Words In Action, Larsstephens

      is the budget talks come february, when boehner's caucus, and hand, will be considerably weaker.

      Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if you got nothin' new to say - Grateful Dead

      by Cedwyn on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 07:04:22 AM PST

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    •  I think this is the way things will play out (2+ / 0-)
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      eXtina, slinkerwink

      Even if it goes past, they will just pass a full tax cut.  

      But leverage will be gained if Dems push it shows they don't care about the deficit.   But no one should count in the vote against a tax cut meme.

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      by justmy2 on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 07:12:59 AM PST

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      •  The problem for Democrats is that the President (0+ / 0-)

        campaigned on a "balanced approach" to reducing the deficit, which he said meant $2.50 in cuts for every $1 of revenue, AND bringing spending down significantly:  

        The President has put forward a specific, balanced plan of spending cuts and revenue increases that reduces the deficit by more than $4 trillion over the next decade, including $1 trillion in spending cuts he signed into law last summer as part of a deal with Congressional Republicans. His plan includes $2.50 in spending cuts for every dollar in revenue increases, while bringing annual domestic spending as a share of the economy to its lowest level in 50 years.
        I can't imagine that Democrats retain the "upper hand" if they go against what the President promised in the campaign and the people voted for.  

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