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    President Obama's Deficit Reduction Package and Other Proposals in the 2014 Budget From the Center On budget and Policy Priorities:

    The deficit-reduction package reflects a compromise position.  The proposals in the offer — such as substantial savings in Medicare, the adoption of an alternative cost-of-living adjustment affecting Social Security, and further cuts to non-defense discretionary programs — were made in the context of negotiations where both the President and Speaker Boehner were making significant concessions.

    It is unusual for a President to include these kinds of compromise policies in his budget.  Typically, the President’s budget would include policies that are more akin to an opening bid in a negotiation — that is, the President’s budget generally reflects his preferred policies.   This budget, in contrast, reflects the President’s position at a stage of the negotiations after several rounds of offers had been made. This budget differs significantly from the approach taken in earlier Obama budgets.

    His budget cements negotiations with Boehner as the STARTING point for new negotiations. What did he get in return?

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 12:07:01 PM PDT

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