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  •  the difference is (5+ / 0-)

    that in 2011 Republicans were coming off of a historic landslide and could claim a public mandate.  This time Obama is coming off a decisive victory, plus we gained seats in the House and Senate.  Obama has a stronger hand to play.  He also has leverage from hundreds of billions of defense cuts Republicans don't want.  I find it funny that the biggest objection the critics have to the current deal is their pessimism over a future negotiation.  Let's let it play out and trust the guy who became the first president in over 50 years to win 51% in consecutive elections, the first president to overhaul healthcare, etc.

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