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  •  Progressive and pragmatic (2+ / 0-)

    I'm assuming this isn't snark. I'm pragmatic. There are things in this so-called DEAL I like, and things I despise. I can also see that Progressives are having an impact right now--as in tonight.

    If the top limit on the estate tax was lowered to maybe 2 million, and several other provisions (tax rate for hedge fund managers? Definition of small business to exclude local offices of huge national firms) were modified, there might be room for hope in this so-called "deal."

    I know that Obama cares about individual families who might have lost unemployment checks in December. (It's hard for low income white folks to accept that he really cares.) But that shouldn't blind him to the long term implications of capitulation.

    Good and bad. Grey, not black and white. But I'm working tonight. Are you?

    Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur.

    by MrMichaelMT on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 06:31:48 PM PST

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    •  There is nothing in this deal to like if... (1+ / 0-)
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      you uphold Democratic ideals, of course for a "New Democrat" or DLC tool this deal is just another step in dismantling the Democratic Party's legitimacy and disenfranchising the original constituency of the Party: working class Americans, youth, the aged, people of color and women. Another step in making the Democratic Party hostage to the vagaries of coalitions with "Independents" and "Moderate" Republicans (whoever they may be...).
      This whole deal stinks to high heaven and is not a compromise of any sort, it is a capitulation.

      "Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are..." George Santayana

      by KJG52 on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 06:42:50 PM PST

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    •  Of course they are. MSM needs scandal (0+ / 0-)

      and will go for it in a minute without policy ever entering into the conversation.

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