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  •  or he took a gamble that they wouldn't go for (0+ / 0-)

    any tax increase under any circumstances---which of course they had all taken an oath about over their mother's graves....and figured he could come out looking more reasonable (which he is) and they more insane giving him more power which i guess it does.

    brown (if he runs and doesn't want to run for governor instead and avoid 4 senate campaigns in what...4 years?) will not be easy to beat but also far from unbeatable and so it goes in politics.

    •  Could be (0+ / 0-)

      I'm not entirely sold. He appointed Simpson and Bowles, two longtime Social Security foes, to come up with a master plan for the federal budget. He offered massive cuts in the 2011 deal. As now, they didn't take that deal, but he offered the cuts. The 2011 deal in particular is too big a risk to take if you're not willing to accept the cuts proposed.

      He's said enough about "reforming" S.S. and Medicare and "folks on the left" having to swallow bitter medicine that I'm skeptical. And he's always been seen are more "reasonable." What good does that do him?

      Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

      by fenway49 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 12:24:23 PM PST

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