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Sen. Mitch McConnell: Let's make a deal.
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Beware Republicans offering gift horses. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's ready to deal.
"We are prepared to do a grand bargain," McConnell told CBS News. "We have to have a willing president—you don't get these deals done without a president who is serious about getting an outcome."

The minority leader argued that the single biggest issue in Washington was the financial health of entitlement programs, warning that he viewed them as "unsustainable" in their current form. [...]

"I'm ready to sit down with this president or the next president and have the same discussion we had last year and reach a conclusion. I understand our friends on the other side live every day to raise taxes. I know that, I know that's important to them," McConnell said.

Yes, Democrats eat, dream, and breathe tax hikes, every single day. Because we just like the idea of taking people's money. Doesn't have anything to do with governing. I think that calls for our favorite graph explaining where the deficit comes from, courtesy of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Two wars and the Bush tax cuts got us this deficit, and we're not getting out of it without revenue.

And, of course, McConnell isn't really serious about the negotiating on taxes part: He says that the U.S. tax code is unfairly progressive and is "a mess," because it favors lower-income Americans. High earners, he says, must have a break. The poor, poor millionaires. Even Mitt Romney isn't arguing that one so explicity, saying, "I’m not looking for a tax cut for the very wealthiest. I’m looking to bring tax rates down for everyone."

That aside, should President Obama decide to take McConnell up on his very (cough) kind offer, and should Grover Norquist let go of the short hairs of House Republicans and actually let taxes be increased, you know what's going to happen. Romney and the Republicans will run against Obama and the Democrats cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The attack ads write themselves. Any deal coming from the likes of McConnell is certainly no deal at all.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 09:37 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (20+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 09:37:44 AM PDT

  •  It's a trap. :-) (11+ / 0-)

    I think President Obama has been through enough of the bs Republican games to know what's up.

    I'm from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner Wing of the Democratic Party!

    by TomP on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 09:41:40 AM PDT

  •  Thank you Senator (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, MartyM

    For saving us from the grand bargain otherwise known as the grand betrayal.  But please do smoke them out on their secret position on entitlement cuts.

    •  The GOP IS transparent about... (1+ / 0-)
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      this one thing, that they think a bargain or an agreement is where Democrats decide to support their side.  

      "The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously." -- Hubert H. Humphrey

      by Candide08 on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 03:48:34 PM PDT

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  •  Nothing McConnell says should be listened to (3+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, el fuego, MartyM

    An honorable man would have resigned at the very least his Senate leadership post if his first priority was not the nation's business but rather his party's by sabotaging all that Obama attempt to accomplish.

    Mitch, of course, has no such honor. He married a troll. He is a troll. Troll-troll relationships, of course, are fine so long as you don't eat your own young but instead feed on the general population.

    Have you heard? The vice president's gone mad. - Bob Dylan, 1966

    by textus on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 09:58:17 AM PDT

  •  It would be nice (9+ / 0-)

    For a reporter to ask a question when someone argues for additional tax cuts for the wealthy.  Something along these lines would do:

    Senator, you've argued for enacting additional tax cuts for the wealthy as a strategy for creating jobs. Can you explain why you believe this to be true, given that the income and net worth of the wealthy have increased during the past decade to a far greater degree than any other economic class, yet such concentration of wealth -- which your preferred policy would further accelerate -- has failed to foster significant growth in employment?  What makes you think what hasn't worked to date will suddenly start working?  How much more wealth, in your opinion, should we funnel to the wealthy?
    •  Keep dreaming (10+ / 0-)

      No one in the MSM would ever dare to ask such a question.  It might expose the fact that Republican ideology is completely unmoored from reality.  And doing that would call into question the MSM's "objectivity."  Because you know, when the facts make the Republicans look bad, it means the media has a liberal bias.  Or something.

      "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

      by FogCityJohn on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 10:35:44 AM PDT

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      •  No one in the MSM would ever ask that question (0+ / 0-)

        because it is way too long.  They don't have the lung capacity, let alone the mind capacity, for such a statement, as they spend way too much of their time breathlessly stenographing the latest Right-Wing Talking Points.

        -8.88, -7.77 Social Security as is will be solvent until 2037, and the measures required to extend solvency beyond that are minor. -- Joe Conanson

        by wordene on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 05:40:19 PM PDT

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  •  Since Mitch has no problem not keeping his word, (2+ / 0-)
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    he should stick his bargain.

    Romney - 2012 - He's A Trooper!

    by kitebro on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 02:33:14 PM PDT

  •  Dems sit on your hands and run out the clock (9+ / 0-)

    There is no TaxMegeddon coming

    Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-GA), February 2, 1993: We have all too many people in the Democratic administration who are talking about bigger Government, bigger bureaucracy, more programs, and higher taxes. I believe that that will in fact kill the current recovery and put us back in a recession. It might take 1 1/2 or 2 years, but it will happen. (Congressional Record, 1993, Thomas)

        Rep. Bill Archer (R-TX), May 24, 1993: I would much rather be here today supporting the President and I would do so if his proposals could expect to increase jobs and the standard of living for Americans, but I believe his massive tax increases will do just the opposite. (Congressional Record, 1993, Thomas)

        Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-GA), July 13, 1993: Small businesses generate the bulk of this Nation’s new jobs . And they will be the hardest hit by the Clinton tax-and-spend budget. Because, when you raise taxes, you kill jobs. (Congressional Record, 1993, Thomas)

        Rep. Thomas Ewing (R-IL), February 21, 1993: The Clinton plan will hurt the economy and kill new job creation…By crippling small- and medium-sized businesses, the plan will kill jobs. (Congressional Record, 1993, Thomas)

        Rep. John Kasich (R-OH), August 5, 1993: Do you know what? This is now your package. We will come back here next year and try to help you when this puts the economy in the gutter. And virtually every major economic estimating firm in this country says your bill is going to kill jobs. (Congressional Record 1993, Page: H6249)

        Rep. Robert Dornan (R-CA), August 5, 1993: The problem with our economy is that there is too little employment and too little growth. This plan will do nothing to improve that condition and will actually make it worse. (Congressional Record, 1993, Page: H6148)

        Rep. Christopher Cox (R-CA), May, 27, 1993: This is really the Dr. Kevorkian plan for our economy. It will kill jobs, kill businesses, and yes, kill even the higher tax revenues that these suicidal tax increasers hope to gain. (Congressional Record, 1993, Page: H2949)

        Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-MN), March 17, 1993: These new taxes will stifle economic growth, destroy jobs, reduce revenues, and increase the deficit. Economists across the ideological spectrum are convinced that the Clinton tax increases will lead to widespread job loss. (Congressional Record, 1993, Page: H1355)

        Rep. Phil Crane (R-IL), March 18, 1993: The budget proposal offered by the Democrats is a recipe for economic and fiscal disaster…It proposes to increase taxes at a time when we have a fragile economy–higher taxes will only stifle job creation and economic growth.(Congressional Record, 1993, Page: H1454)

        Rep. Dick Armey (R-TX), August 2, 1993: The impact on job creation is going to be devastating, and the American young people in particular will suffer a fairly substantial deferment of their lives because there simply won’t be jobs for the next two to three years to go around to our young graduates across the country. (CNN)

        Rep. Joel Hefley (R-CO), August 4, 1993: However Clinton wants to spin his tax plan, the bottom line is this: It will raise your taxes, increase the deficit, and kill over 1 million jobs. (Congressional Record, 1993, Page: H5745)

    Not blaming Bush for the mess we're in, is like not blaming a train engineer for a fatal train wreck because he's no longer driving the train.

    by JML9999 on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 02:33:19 PM PDT

  •  A Gandhian Phrase (6+ / 0-)
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    minox, JeffW, salmo, bluezen, msmacgyver, wordene

    McConnell's promise is a "post-dated cheque drawn on a crashing bank".

  •  McConnell is totally full of it (6+ / 0-)

    If you sincerely want to reach a "grand bargain," you don't start off by insulting your negotiating partner.

    He's so full of shit, it's oozing out of his ears.

  •  Let ALL of the Bush tax cuts end (11+ / 0-)

    there is the $4 trillion dollars to cut the deficit right there.

    President Obama, January 9, 2012: "Change is hard, but it is possible. I've Seen it. I've Lived it."

    by Drdemocrat on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 02:37:42 PM PDT

  •  I had the joy of receiving a two-page, double- (14+ / 0-)

    sided letter from Mittens today, paid for by the Republican National Committee.   Nice, thick quality paper, with a separate sheet for detailing my donation.

    I wrote "Obama-Biden 2012" across the front of the pledge sheet in red Sharpie, tucked it all back into the envelope with the letter and mailing envelope, declined to "please place stamp here to help us save money", and dropped it postage-paid-by-addressee in the mail.  

    It felt good :-)

    2012: the Year of the Voting Woman. And by the way, Republicans ... we're pretty pissed about what you've done to our country. Republican Party Motto: "Tax the poor, gift the rich"

    by mumtaznepal on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 02:39:18 PM PDT

  •  It would be a deal with the devil if President (5+ / 0-)

    Obama caves in to this man.

  •  McConnell and his grand bargain (3+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, emsprater, wordene

    would be a really great deal only if it involved Mitch balancing on one leg at the top of the Washington Monument while farting quarters out of his ass....every day from 9AM to 7PM. Including Sunday.

  •  Once he can get Obama to commit (5+ / 0-)

    to cuts in social security and Medicare, he will then renig on the tax increases. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney will hammer Obama for cutting medicare and social security. When asked about the Ryan plan, he will simply lie and say he wont cut Medicare and Social Security.

    That's how these people operate. They can't be negotiated with. They have to be beaten. That's the only way to deal with a Republican. Beat him and then ignore him and do whatever you want.

    •  The big lie, often works...sadly (1+ / 0-)
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      "if you don't make peaceful revolution possible, you make violent revolution inevitable." ….JFK. .......{- 8.25 / -5.64}

      by carver on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 03:41:42 PM PDT

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      •  Your chart does not tell the story. (0+ / 0-)

        4 years ago on this day revenue as a share of the GDP was 36% and spending as a share was 40%. The federal budget deficit was $300 billion. The national debt was  $9.9 trillion and the gross debt as a share of the GDP was was 71%.

        Today, 4 years later, revenue as a share of the GDP is 32% and spending as a share is 45%. The federal budget deficit is $1.3 trillion.  The national debt is  $15.8 trillion and the gross debt as a share of the GDP was is  104%.

        •  Your stats don't tell the story. (1+ / 0-)
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          Revenue has declined as a percentage, but annualized spending has remained fairly steady. Secondly, TOTAL debt as a percentage of GDP is an irrelevant statistic. The only thing that has bearing is capacity to pay, and on that score the annual deficit as a percentage of GDP is more relevant.

          On that score, we're not in a problem area at all.

  •  I says "Drop dead, Turtle Puss!" (1+ / 0-)
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    McConnell can go straight to Hell!

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 02:43:40 PM PDT

  •  I would send Biden and see what they are up too! (0+ / 0-)

    -1.63/ -1.49 "Speaking truth to power" (with snark of course)!

    by dopper0189 on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 02:43:45 PM PDT

  •  Empty words from an empty man. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Are Republicans insane? (4+ / 0-)

    They warn of dire consequences if the federal budget doesn't go on a diet, but then they insist on making that harder by demanding free lunches for their wealthy donors.

    LOL--If their wealthy donors want to keep more of their money, they don't have to beg the federal government--just stop wasting millions of dollars on donations to the GOP.

    Speak the truth, but ride a fast horse.

    by Deep Harm on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 02:44:06 PM PDT

  •  translation: i'll agree to what you want as long (0+ / 0-)

    as i get my way.

    if anyone thinks the r's are going to change tactics, especially after getting what they wanted w/o doing so (boehner's own admission, btw), they're living on another planet.

  •  A Trojan Turtle with a Boehner. (1+ / 0-)
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    Those are the worst kind.

  •  30 years of tax-cutting. Is there any policy that (3+ / 0-)
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    has more direct evidence of not working anywhere, any time in our nation's history?  Other than perhaps prohibition and the war on drugs now it's hard to think of something else that's as big a failure as tax-cutting as a "revenue generator".  Daddy Bush even honestly called it what it was, "Voodoo Economics" for which he was chastised and made to repent...

    But it keeps the money in Mittens (and other rich folks) bank accounts here and off-shore so it must be good for America, right?  


    A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. -Carl Sagan

    by jo fish on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 02:47:26 PM PDT

  •  Someone should tell Mitch and Paul Ryan ... (6+ / 0-)

    that as long as America can afford $77,000.00 tax deductions for 1/3 ownership in a dancing horse, no lower or middle class American is going to have their Social Security or Medicare touched, and there is going to be no rise in the retirement age.


    'Destroying America, One middle class family and one civil liberty at a time: Today's GOP'

    by emsprater on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 02:48:01 PM PDT

  •  We can't afford tax cuts for billionaires (1+ / 0-)
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    The corporate elite and privileged super-rich won't pay their fair share in taxes, so they must face accountability. Americans are fed up with the special treatment lavished on Wall Street and the One Percent by our elected lawmakers while the hard-working folks of this country are called names, insulted, and forced to take the brunt of "deficit reduction." Wall Street gets government bailouts and record profits while real Americans are laid off and have the government benefits long promised to them ripped away.

  •  The Biggest Problem (2+ / 0-)
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    Is President Obama, nominally a Democrat, proposing cutting programs for the working class, poor and elderly in exchange for tax hikes.

    First, there's no problem with Social Security now or in the future that a healthy economy and an increase in the cap on wage income won't cure.  Further it doesn't add one cent to the deficit or the debt.

    Second, Dr. Dean Baker repeatedly points out that the US would have long term budget surpluses if we paid the same per person for health care as other advanced capitalist countries, e.g., Canada.

    Third, all of this leaves aside the FREAKING, OUTRAGEOUS ABSURDITY of cutting these social programs now so they don't have to be cut in the future!

    Fourth, it's not in any way "shared sacrifice" cutting social programs  that the working class, poor and elderly literally depend on for decent lives and raising taxes on the rich.

    It appears that Democrats that don't stand up and fight with all their fiber for the working class, poor and elderly lose elections big time.

    If I was a communist, rich men would fear me...And the opposite applies. The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.

    by stewarjt on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 02:54:21 PM PDT

  •  Ds should walk around with that chart (0+ / 0-)

    stamped on their foreheads.  Then, if an observant reporter asked about it, they might have to 'splain it.

    I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization -- SCOTUS Justice O.W. Holmes Jr.

    by Irons33 on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 02:57:08 PM PDT

  •  Is seems so simple... (1+ / 0-)
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    Here's what I just don't get when I hear right wingers complain about taxes being too high on the rich and claiming that to tax them more would hurt the economy.  It all comes down to supply and demand--that's what drives the economy.   The rich have a very disproportionate amount of the wealth so just how much more money are you going to be able to get out of the poor?  They are bled dry as it is.  For a vibrant economy--that is good for EVERYONE--you need demand for goods.  If I'm one guy and I've got $50Million, and then there are 100 guys with $100 each, who is going to better boost the economy with more money in their pockets?  Those 100 people or the one guy who already has so much he doesn't know what to do with it?  I many cars, PC's, TV's, restaurants, groceries, furniture, etc, etc, etc, will the one rich guy buy to drum up demand vs. the 100 poorer people?  Duh!  

  •  Forget the grand bargain (1+ / 0-)
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    The minority leader argued that the single biggest issue in Washington was the financial health of entitlement programs...
    That's the single biggest issue in Washington???  No wonder congress isn't doing anything about JOBS.  That should be hung around McConnell's neck and any one else who repeats that on the record.  
    •  We need to pull a Frank Luntz(?) (0+ / 0-)

      and start calling entitlements what they truly are, benefits that have been paid for. I paid into my SS & MedC, thank you very much.

      Only the weak & defeated are called to account for their crimes.

      by rreabold on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 07:53:48 PM PDT

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  •  Do nothing (1+ / 0-)
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    Let all of the tax cuts expire.  Address it after January 2013.  Bet it changes the budget deficit talk on the Dem side.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 05:04:24 PM PDT

  •  Obama has promised "entitlement reform" (0+ / 0-)
    ... should Grover Norquist let go of the short hairs of House Republicans and actually let taxes be increased, you know what's going to happen. Romney and the Republicans will run against Obama and the Democrats cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The attack ads write themselves. Any deal coming from the likes of McConnell is certainly no deal at all.
    Exactly!  And, one and only one person controls where or not that happens, Barack Obama.  All he has to do is refrain from making a "grand bargain."  

    All he has to do is to let the Bush tax cuts expire and then, as the graph shows, things will be fine without any need to cut ("strengthen" in Obama-speak) entitlements.  

    But you know damn well that Obama can't keep his hands off SS and Medicare benefits.  Four days before he was inaugurated, he promised to make "entitlement reform" the hallmark of his presidency.  

  •  Sorry, but... (0+ / 0-)

    these pricks cannot be trusted. Let the tax cuts EXPIRE!!!!!

    (why don't people understand this?)

    Only the weak & defeated are called to account for their crimes.

    by rreabold on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 07:48:59 PM PDT

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