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    And my point is that Dems could've and should've let them expire and then come back and pushed, with everything they had, middle-class tax cuts and unemployment benefits.

    It's simply dishonest to argue that Dems needed Republicans to cave on tax cuts for the rich.

    •  No, it's dishonest to argue (4+ / 0-)
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      Anna Luc, bmcphail, ThisIsMyTime, SoCalSal

      that the Republicans would allow anything to happen without extending the tax cuts for the rich.  And yes, they would have to allow it.  Democrats did... umm... "push."  It didn't get through.  In the next Congress, Republicans write tax policy in the House.  You think they'd just allow a middle class extension next year - with more members than they have now - when they didn't allow it this year?  Umm, no.

      •  No, they didn't push (5+ / 0-)
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        slinkerwink, bablhous, TomP, cybrestrike, laker

        A real push would've involved presidential trips to states with swing senators and a prime time press conference in which Obama broke out Perot-style charts. Etc.

        Anyway, you're misrepresenting the terms of the disagreement. Most progressives believed that letting all the tax cuts expire, even if a middle class tax cut couldn't make it through, was the better option, for both fiscal and moral reasons. We didn't the GOP to cave. So you're knocking down strawmen.

        •  Uh huh, riiiight (2+ / 0-)
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          Anna Luc, ThisIsMyTime

          so you ARE arguing that Republicans would cave.  No, they wouldn't.

          Most progressives believed that letting all the tax cuts expire, even if a middle class tax cut couldn't make it through, was the better option

          And what gives YOU the authority to speak for "most progressives?"  Have "most progressives" been polled on this specific deal?  Do "most progressives" say they would rather let all the Bush tax cuts and Obama tax cuts for the middle class expire, make it harder for students, let unemployment benefits lapse for 7 million people, AND not take 2 percentage point payroll tax reduction especially for the working poor, just to make sure the rich don't keep their tax cuts?  Really?  I want to see a poll saying this.

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