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  •  I have come to a conclusion (2+ / 0-)
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    Cedwyn, cryptodira

    folks on blogs sitting in arm chairs no jack-shit about negotiating. Everybody trots out their pet theory which they have read somewhere and assumes this is what Obama should not have done or should do. Unless you are in the room, have all the facts about what is or is not being said or offered exactly. The best you can offer up is theory. Theory is great as a mental exercise, but theory doesn't always hold up in practice or in the heat of negotiations. Especially when one side is willing to commit suicide to get their way.

    Next he should have gotten a debt ceiling increase with the tax deal. Really? And how high should that increase have been? There was no passed 2011 budget in December. A budget did not get passed until April 15th as part of the military funding resolution. Today's budget ceiling number is based on this budget. So do you really think the Republicans were going to accept some number offered by Obama on a budget that hadn't passed the House. You are living in a fantasy land.

    In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.

    by jsfox on Wed Jul 27, 2011 at 02:08:05 PM PDT

    •  It does not surprise me (0+ / 0-)

      that folks sitting on a blog who are very protective of the President would reach that conclusion.

      It so happens that I do a fair bit of negotiating in my professional life. Maybe I am no good at it, but it is what I do.

      As for how high on the debt ceiling increase, there was an easy formula for that - whatever the cost of that deal - dollar for dollar.

      Tie TAX CUTS to increases in the debt ceiling, just like  Republicans have tied increases in the debt ceiling to spending cuts.

      Let me assure you BTW, that what is going on now is no fantasy of mine. Perhaps you are enjoying however.

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