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  •  Actually that isn't true at all. (7+ / 0-)

    In 2010, Obama had a list of things he wanted accomplished before the GOP took over the House in 2011. He needed to get START Treaty ratified, DADT repeal finalized and an extension of Unemployment benefits, payroll tax cut, etc. He also tried and failed to get the DREAM act passed. Obama made the smart decision to trade a 2 year extension for these more important items.

    President Obama at Madison Rally 9/28/2010 - "Change is not a spectator sport."

    by askew on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 09:50:01 AM PST

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    •  Exactly! I wish Democrats would realize (2+ / 0-)
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      that the president got most of what he wanted anyway.  It just doesn't seem that obvious to most people and Republicans just pretend to win, when they lost badly.

    •  I disagree (1+ / 0-)
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      The Bush-era tax cuts would have expired all on their own at the end of 2010. There was no reason to extend those tax rates or link them with other, irrelevant matters. The artificially low tax rates enacted in 2001 before launching two elective invasions and occupations of other countries should have been left to die their natural, legislatively-ordained deaths in 2010.

      I think that the administration's willingness to "negotiate" away its advantages during Obama's first term accomplished nothing but to embolden the Republicans to obfuscate, stall, and wish away inconvenient legislation while millions needlessly suffered for two more years.

      I really and truly hope that the President learned something from the 2010 debacle. The electorate has given him a pretty clear endorsement for his proposals and a very clear repudiation of Republican obstructionism.

    •  AND, let me point out (0+ / 0-)

      it was only an extension, not a permanent enactment of those tax rates.

      So Obama, being the smart man he is, and able to think further than next week, saw that he was getting permanent fixes while the GOP was only getting temporary ones.

      "I'll LOAN you my car for a week, if you GIVE me your motorcycle."

      The GOP sees car vs. motorcycle. Car is better, so it's a good deal. I (and apparently Pres. Obama) see LOAN vs. GIVE, and I'll take that deal. Any day.

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