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  •  Yeah ... by Obama. (1+ / 0-)
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    When, and what, does the GOP 'give'?

    Boehner got his 98 percent last time the Great Compromiser got rolled.  

    What will it be this time? Only 97?

    •  The myth (16+ / 0-)
      The Myth of the Obama Cave-In

      Obama didn't wave the white flag in 2010. He turned a face-off over the Bush tax cuts into an opportunity to enact a second stimulus that he otherwise could not get past Senate Republicans.[...]

      The package would extend the Bush tax cuts for all taxpayers for two years and would reduce estate taxes for the wealthy (a move many Democrats couldn't stand), but it also included a payroll tax cut, a child tax credit, additional unemployment insurance, renewable energy grants, and other stimulative measures. A White House chart noted that Obama had won $238 billion of stimulus in return for yielding on $114 billion in high-income tax cuts.
      The Senate ratified the New Start arms-reduction treaty with Russia, which the president had declared his foreign-policy priority for the session, and also passed legislation covering medical costs for rescue workers sickened after the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

      Both legislative victories came after leading Senate Republicans surrendered, though Mr. Obama’s persistence and personal commitment of time and legislative capital was said to be more a factor in the case of Start’s ratification than in passage of the Sept. 11 legislation, which was pushed by an unusual, de facto alliance of New York’s Democratic senators and hosts on the conservative-leaning Fox News.

      The president refused to back down on pushing for repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law when some Republican senators suggested he do so as the price of their support for the arms-control treaty.

      Securing, a second stimulus, extending unemployment insurance and laying the final groundwork for the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell was a remarkable set of achievements following a historic midterm "shellacking."

      I don't think it can accurately be called a "cave," viewed in the political context in which the negotiations were made and considering all that was achieved in the most productive lame duck in modern memory.

      The choice of our lifetime: Mitt Romney, It Takes A Pillage or President Barack Obama, Forward Together.

      by FiredUpInCA on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 10:21:33 PM PST

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    •  Probably extension of (3+ / 0-)
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      Kathy S, Deep Texan, NewDealer

      unemployment benefits and some other things we'll find out.

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