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    This comment was my response to this Reich quote from the article:

    Obama could decide going over the cliff isn’t so bad after all – as long as he and congressional Democrats introduce legislation early in the 2013 that gives a tax cut to the middle class retroactively to January 1st (extending the Bush tax cut to the first $250,000 of income) and restores most spending — and Republicans feel compelled to go along.
    What exactly will compel them to go along?

    I wonder.

    Regardless, I think Reich is correct about going over the cliff. If you look at this from a strategic perspective, there is probably not any other good response.

    If the Dems capitulate, the demands from the GOP will just be that much crazier next time.

    "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

    by bink on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 02:27:18 PM PST

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    •  I don't know what it will take to move them (7+ / 0-)

      but their failure to pass the Farm Bill may lead to $6 - $8/gallon milk in January.

      http://www.cbsnews.com/...

      Are they crazy enough to let that happen, and if so, will the public respond?

      Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

      by bear83 on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 02:43:43 PM PST

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      •  If milk prices do spike (2+ / 0-)
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        that will be something people will see immediately, and the Dems need to be ready to place the blame, loudly and repeatedly, where it belongs: on the GOP. Let's hope they've at least figured that out, so we can avoid hearing the "both sides do it" lie.

        The fiscal curb, not so much. The taxes filed for in April will be for last year, at last year's rates. The spending cuts will be felt sooner, of course, but milk prices spiking will hit at the same time as the inauguration.  

        Radarlady

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