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  •  WaPo editorial board (1+ / 0-)
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    But under the circumstances — which include both a predictable uproar on the Democratic left and the high risk that Republicans will refuse to deal with him — Mr. Obama’s position on Social Security amounts to an offer to negotiate, and a politically courageous one at that. He’s taking risks not only on Social Security but also with tax policy. Republicans recoiled at his call for higher taxes on upper-income Americans, which accounts for $580 billion of his plan’s $1.8 trillion in 10-year savings. But the tax plan is not necessarily pleasing to Democrats. Capping the value of itemized deductions, as Mr. Obama suggests, would curb a break for state and local taxes that disproportionately benefits Blue America.

    I certainly don't agree with this editorial, in that it says that Obama isn't doing enough to reduce the deficit, but I did agree with the above paragraph, that this budget is not an offer, but a starting point in negotiations.
    Anyone who thinks the Republicans are going to go with a deal with $560 billion in new taxes or Democrats are going to vote for the chained CPI hasn't been paying attention these last 5 years.

    “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

    by skohayes on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 06:20:42 AM PDT

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