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  •  I'm not freaking out... (0+ / 0-)

    over this deal. But I think it warrants a nuanced discussion.

    I love negotiations--contrary to popular belief, most progressives compromise all the time(the Democratic party/Obama Admin) don't genuflect to the left---trust me). But these Obama/GOP "deals" have earned heightened scrutiny. Too often I see the WH negotiating with itself, surrendering it's leverage preemptively or, worse, just caving to GOP outright.

    Compromises should involve sacrifices from all parties. And the details of any agreement should be informed by relevant events (like enormous electoral victory last month---in which the voters tacitly endorsed Obama's pledge to undo tax-cuts for the rich--for example).

    There's a difference between "give & take" and "gettin' rolled." I prefer the former & have had my fill of the latter.

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