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  •  That's what I hope they do.. (4+ / 0-)
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    Josiah Bartlett, bythesea, elwior, FininWA

    In order of preference:

    Choice #1:  Middle class cuts permanent.
    Choice #2:  Middle class cuts permanent, 1 yr extension on wealthy cuts (2-yr is unacceptable)
    Choice #3:  No extensions for anybody.

    •  Agree (2+ / 0-)
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      Josiah Bartlett, BrowniesAreGood

      and if they can't get 1 or 2, go with 3 and hammer Republicans with it unrelentingly until the 2012 election.

      Make sure that everyone understands that Republicans raised their taxes because Democrats refused Republican demands to explode the deficit with unaffordable tax cuts for those that need them the least.

      Show America how fiscally-irresponsible Republicans really are and juxtapose it with their "concern" over reducing the deficit.

      Tell America in as stark terms as possible that the Republicans raised their taxes.  Say it every day a hundred times from now until Election Day 2012.

      I don't think that it will be necessary though, if a bill comes to the floor for the middle class tax cuts only, Republicans will bitch and whine and will absolutely go apoplectic but they will vote for it.  About the only consistent message the Republicans have had for the past several decades is that tax cuts fix everything and that raising taxes is really, really bad.  I sincerely doubt that they would cast a vote that would betray their utter disingenuousness regarding one of their supposed core beliefs.

      Democrats know this, and the only way they can really screw this up is if they fail to call the GOP's bluff and they preemptively surrender and capitulate to GOP demands.  Unfortunately, based on their past performance, it is practically a foregone conclusion that they will do just that.

      Arrrr, the laws of science be a harsh mistress. -Bender B. Rodriguez

      by democracy inaction on Tue Nov 23, 2010 at 12:22:20 PM PST

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    •  Why even #2. There should be NO (1+ / 0-)
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      Josiah Bartlett

      extension on the wealthy cuts because it just pushes this can down the road another year, and the new Congress will undoubtedly extend them again until 2012 which is an election year.

      Skip #2 and go directly to #3

      •  Because in #2... (1+ / 0-)
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        Josiah Bartlett

        they become decoupled and it's not an election year.  Even if they could get a tax cut for the wealthy past Congress (they can't, not even many Republicans would pass this by itself) Obama can simply veto w/o consequence.

        In other words, we get what we want w/o really giving anything up.  One year of cuts isn't really a problem and in 2012 we still get to claim we slashed the deficit.

    •  I'm honestly with you on number 3 (2+ / 0-)
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      Josiah Bartlett, ToKnowWhy

      Maybe Obama could show some backbone this way and the Republicans feel like they have no choice by pass the middle class tax cuts only.

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