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    Mary Mike, enemy of the people

    Three things to chew on:

    • Tomasky on why Obama won the negotiation:

    Dear Liberals: Stop Complaining

    Obama isn’t Captain Liberal. He’s the president. And liberal pundits who are up in arms about the fiscal-cliff deal seem not to recognize the difference.
    • Tomasky on why Obama lost the negotiation:

    The Case Against Obama's Victory

    Obama and most Democrats tend to make a fairness/compassion argument against domestic spending cuts the GOP wants: "I'm not going to balance the budget on the backs of working poor people" and so on. That, too, polls well, so maybe it's the right thing.

    But he really should make a macroeconomic argument as well. I'd think that might be possible by using the European case: "They chose austerity and they're stuck in neutral over there." It can't hurt for people to see a Democratic president saying we should not emulate Europe, which leaves the GOP saying we should. A nice switch!

    • Matt Miller on what he'd do (as king and dictator) to fix the country:

    Making future cliffs count

    That means the jig is up: The welfare state in an aging United States requires higher taxes on the middle class, phased in once jobs and growth pick back up.

    But the new taxes shouldn’t be income taxes. Now is the time to introduce a small carbon, VAT or financial transactions tax — or, preferably, all three. Small rates can rise over time. Use these new taxes in part to buy down (and eventually eliminate) corporate income and payroll taxes. (For every two dollars in new taxes from these sources, for example, one dollar in corporate income and payroll taxes could be cut).

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 05:03:06 AM PST

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