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  •  I don't think there will be a Grand Bargain. (1+ / 0-)
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    Frank Whitaker

    Sen. Reid has made clear that the Senate Democrats will stand firm on that.  I believe him.  And he's being realistic -- the Democrats do not have to give in on entitlement cuts.  And given what he's said, I can't imagine that Senate Democrats will agree to entitlement cuts under any scenario, even if they could get Republicans to increase taxes, which is NOT going to happen.  (See Ezra Klein's take on that.)

    Where I disagree with some here is with the notion that Sen. Reid can get rid of the sequester, as he seems to be saying.  He can probably get Republicans to agree to flexibility in what spending is cut.  But Republicans have made clear that -- even though they don't like the defense cuts -- they are NOT going to get rid of the sequester.   I don't see any real leverage Sen. Reid has to force them to do that.  I don't see a bill to get rid of the sequester even making it past a filibuster in the Senate. And I don't see what Sen. Reid has to offer the Republicans that could make them vote to repeal the BCA. The default is the sequester, so if there's no deal, that's what we live with for the next year.  

    •  New sequester cuts fall mostly on the military... (3+ / 0-)
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      lunachickie, Tonedevil, svboston

      ...which it seems to me gives him some bargaining room. If the Repubs don't want those cuts, they have to give Reid something in exchange.

      •  Republicans are going to keep the cuts (1+ / 0-)
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        they've made that clear.  The Tea Party group in the House, especially -- they'd far rather keep all the cuts including defense than increase spending.  

        The people most unhappy with defense cuts are McCain and Graham in the Senate, who carry no sway with the House.  

        The notion that Republicans are so unhappy with defense cuts that they will be willing to give up the sequester or be willing to raise taxes is something only Democrats are saying.

    •  I expect him to honor his word. (3+ / 0-)
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      Tonedevil, svboston, Frank Whitaker

      We should all expect that. Unfortunately, we've all been burned before. I support him in standing firm, as do millions of others. Let's see if all our support is enough.

      Sen. Reid has made clear that the Senate Democrats will stand firm on that.

      I won't believe that until it's all a done deal. Remember how he was going to fight for filibuster reform?

      Right. And don't think anyone is going to relax because "some say" Dems will stand firm. We'll be mounting a constant vigil to make sure they do. If they waver, they're gonna hear about it. If they try to do it in secret, they're gonna hear about it.

      No relaxing. No "I Got This, Don't Worry". Nope. Not gonna happen. They need to honor their word, period. No waffling, no qualifiers.

      This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

      by lunachickie on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 09:02:58 AM PDT

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