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View Diary: Make Calls NOW! NO DEAL On Tax Cuts For The Super Rich (UPDATED 3x) (207 comments)

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  •  Expiration absolutely better than compromise (4+ / 0-)

    for a number of reasons -
    first, it's about time that the Republicans were put on notice that they don't get things all their way forever;

    second, if they all go away, the additional revenue very nearly matches all the savings the Catfood Commission came up with - which may mean that this would save Social Security and Medicare;

    third, leaving the question of renewing the tax cuts for Boehner to waffle on will be an ongoing gift in political terms, given that there is no way he can make them deficit-neutral without also cutting a lot of very popular stuff...which he won't do - and that will force the Republicans to claim that the tax cuts don't need to be deficit-neutral while stuff like Unemployment Extensions to, and that itself will be a crippling narrative for them.

    Another potentially amusing inconsistency this will set up will be an insistence on a tax cut that will increase the deficit by $4 trillion while at the same time shutting down government rather than increase the debt limit...which will be hitting around the beginning of Q2 2011.

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