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    RichM, Eyesbright

    this to the forefront, mcjoan?

    Excerpt from the Sperling email:

    But I do truly believe you should rethink your comment about saying saying that Potus asking for revenues is moving the goal post. I know you may not believe this, but as a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim. The idea that the sequester was to force both sides to go back to try at a big or grand bargain with a mix of entitlements and revenues (even if there were serious disagreements on composition) was part of the DNA of the thing from the start. It was an accepted part of the understanding — from the start. Really. It was assumed by the Rs on the Supercommittee that came right after: it was assumed in the November-December 2012 negotiations. There may have been big disagreements over rates and ratios — but that it was supposed to be replaced by entitlements and revenues of some form is not controversial. (Indeed, the discretionary savings amount from the Boehner-Obama negotiations were locked in in BCA: the sequester was just designed to force all back to table on entitlements and revenues.)
    bobswern has a diary asking everyone to stop focusing on the Woodward bullshit and focus on this instead.  I think that is wise advice.   The diary could use some more support.  Unless we're trying to ignore the whole issue of the president designing an elaborate mechanism and manufacturing a crisis to get Democrats to vote to cut Social Security, the conservative holy grail for decades.

    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 11:12:58 AM PST

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