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  •  Congress is never popular. (2+ / 0-)
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    madgranny, COBALT1928

    People don't vote for Congress, they vote for their local representative, and for their President.

    Obama is still below 50%.

    The gambit apparently is run as a moderate, responsible Republican whose first priority is deficit reduction.

     Because there is nothing in this deal a Democrat would find even mildly positive--the absence of a horrible negative not counting as a positive. It cuts discretionary spending, kills jobs, doesn't ask the wealthy to shoulder a dime of the burden, and makes 2012 about the issues Republicans like to talk about.

    "[R]ather high-minded, if not a bit self-referential"--The Washington Post.

    by Geekesque on Mon Jul 18, 2011 at 04:34:25 PM PDT

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    •  given where it was heading a non negative (1+ / 0-)
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      is a positive. This is really sucky territory to be debating (9not you and me, Obama and an R House).

      And my view is everyone who stayed home in 2010 did this.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Mon Jul 18, 2011 at 04:37:25 PM PDT

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      •  Rewind to the Biden negotiations. (3+ / 0-)
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        madgranny, Tommy Allen, COBALT1928

        They had agreed on a package of spending cuts, but then Cantor staged his walkout over revenues.

        That was the only issue separating them.

        Essentially, Cantor got his way--he got the Biden spending cuts without the revenue increases.

        Plus the Democrats are throwing in the Commission to carve up Social Security and Medicare, and agreeing to take the blame for the actual debt limit increase by allowing Republicans to vote against it.

        And people are talking about this as proof Obama outsmarted the GOP????

        "[R]ather high-minded, if not a bit self-referential"--The Washington Post.

        by Geekesque on Mon Jul 18, 2011 at 04:44:20 PM PDT

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      •  June 23 story on budget talks: (1+ / 0-)
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        http://abcnews.go.com/...

        Cantor said the group had reached an "impasse" because Republicans oppose any and all tax hikes, while Democrats say they are a necessary in a balanced attempt at deficit reduction.

        "As it stands, the Democrats continue to insist that any deal must include tax increases," Cantor said. "There is not support in the House for a tax increase, and I don't believe now is the time to raise taxes in light of our current economic situation. Regardless of the progress that has been made, the tax issue must be resolved before discussions can continue

        "The White House and Democrats are insisting on job-killing tax hikes and new spending," Kyl said in a joint statement issued with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Mo. "That proposal won't address our fiscal crisis, our jobs crisis, or protect and reform entitlements, and a bill with new spending and higher taxes would fail with bipartisan opposition -- as it should. President Obama needs to decide between his goal of higher taxes or a bipartisan plan to address our deficit. He can't have both. But we need to hear from him."

        Guess what?

        It worked.

        "[R]ather high-minded, if not a bit self-referential"--The Washington Post.

        by Geekesque on Mon Jul 18, 2011 at 04:49:03 PM PDT

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