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[A]s I said over and over again on the campaign trail, we can’t just cut our way to prosperity. If we’re serious about reducing the deficit, we have to combine spending cuts with revenue – and that means asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more in taxes. That’s how we did it when Bill Clinton was President.

Fresh off his election victory, President Obama dove into the heat of the so-called fiscal cliff crisis in his weekly address, promoting a jobs and growth program for the economy, pointing to the election as a validation of action over talk, and declaring that letting the tax cuts expire for the rich will be a sticking point for him in coming talks with Republicans.

As he did in his campaign, he insisted the tax question is an issue of fairness:

But I refuse to accept any approach that isn’t balanced. I will not ask students or seniors or middle-class families to pay down the entire deficit while people making over $250,000 aren’t asked to pay a dime more in taxes. This was a central question in the election. And on Tuesday, we found out that the majority of Americans agree with my approach – that includes Democrats, Independents, and Republicans.
And yes, his insistence that his reelection validated his campaign pitch to have the rich pay more taxes is a welcome sign for progressives. Yet make no mistake, this is still Barack Obama—hopefully one with a few more true lines in the sand, but still a man who values cooperation, bipartisanship and compromise:
We know there will be differences and disagreements in the months to come. That’s part of what makes our political system work. But on Tuesday, you said loud and clear that you won’t tolerate dysfunction, or politicians who see compromise as a dirty word. Not when so many of your families are still struggling.

Instead, you want cooperation. You want action. That’s what I plan to deliver in my second term, and I expect to find leaders from both parties willing to join me.

Sounds like the ball's in Speaker John Boehner's court now.

To read the transcript in full, check below the fold or visit the White House website.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
November 10, 2012
The White House

Hello, everybody.

On Tuesday, America went to the polls. And the message you sent was clear: you voted for action, not politics as usual. You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours.

That’s why I’ve invited leaders of both parties to the White House next week, so we can start to build consensus around challenges we can only solve together. I also intend to bring in business, labor and civic leaders from outside Washington to get their ideas and input as well.  

At a time when our economy is still recovering from the Great Recession, our top priority has to be jobs and growth. That’s the focus of the plan I talked about during the campaign. It’s a plan to reward businesses that create jobs here in America, and give people access to the education and training that those businesses are looking for. It’s a plan to rebuild our infrastructure and keep us on the cutting edge of innovation and clean energy. And it’s a plan to reduce our deficit in a balanced and responsible way.

This is even more important because at the end of this year, we face a series of deadlines that require us to make major decisions about how to pay down our deficit – decisions that will have a huge impact on the economy and the middle class, now and in the future.

Last year, I worked with Democrats and Republicans to cut a trillion dollars’ worth of spending, and I intend to work with both parties to do more. But as I said over and over again on the campaign trail, we can’t just cut our way to prosperity. If we’re serious about reducing the deficit, we have to combine spending cuts with revenue – and that means asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more in taxes. That’s how we did it when Bill Clinton was President. And that’s the only way we can afford to invest in education and job training and manufacturing – all the ingredients of a strong middle class and a strong economy.

Already, I’ve put forward a detailed plan that allows us to make these investments while reducing our deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade. Now, I’m open to compromise and new ideas. But I refuse to accept any approach that isn’t balanced. I will not ask students or seniors or middle-class families to pay down the entire deficit while people making over $250,000 aren’t asked to pay a dime more in taxes. This was a central question in the election. And on Tuesday, we found out that the majority of Americans agree with my approach – that includes Democrats, Independents, and Republicans.

Now we need a majority in Congress to listen – and they should start by making sure taxes don’t go up on the 98% of Americans making under $250,000 a year starting January 1st. This is something we all agree on. Even as we negotiate a broader deficit reduction package, Congress should extend middle-class tax cuts right now. It’s a step that would give millions of families and 97% of small businesses the peace of mind that will lead to new jobs and faster growth. There’s no reason to wait.

We know there will be differences and disagreements in the months to come. That’s part of what makes our political system work. But on Tuesday, you said loud and clear that you won’t tolerate dysfunction, or politicians who see compromise as a dirty word. Not when so many of your families are still struggling.

Instead, you want cooperation. You want action. That’s what I plan to deliver in my second term, and I expect to find leaders from both parties willing to join me.

Thanks, and have a great weekend.
 

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  •  The GOP lost seats (21+ / 0-)

    in the House and Senate, and lost the White House again. And yet this week they say voters have given them a mandate to not increase taxes on the wealthy.

    •  Their 'con job' was reFudiated last Tuesday... (9+ / 0-)

      but...give them all the rope they require.

    •  And they will stick to that position until... (16+ / 0-)

      ...they have to pay a political price for it. Other than getting himself elected, I see no evidence that Obama has ever tried to make Republicans pay a political price for anything.

      •  The President has said, "Make me do it". The (0+ / 0-)

        grassroots got him re-elected. Pressure democratic congress critters to thank Harry Reid, to tell the President he needs to do what he said. It's time for the grassroots/netroots to collect.

        2012-2016 President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senator Warren. For a LIFETIME, federal judges. Get the filibuster changed. Harry, the people have spoken. To all Democrats: do not reach across the aisle, your hand will get cut off. Steamroll.

        by CuriousBoston on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 11:16:04 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  The majority of Americans voted for House Dems (5+ / 0-)

      but the corruption of our political system let the GOP keep a strong House majority.

      We need to fix a lot about the way we run our country or we will end up letting the rich rob us blind.

      The GOP is the party of mammon. They mock what Jesus taught.

      by freelunch on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:17:35 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Too late. They raided Social Security for the (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        weltshmertz, Ragunan

        Bush/Cheney wars, starved the nation of tax revenue, and have consistently sent US resources, both wealth and human potential, out of the country.  There's little left to work with unless we invest what's left in peace, education, and infrastructure.

        Romney went to France instead of serving in our military, got rich chop-shopping US businesses and eliminating US jobs, off-shored his money in the Cayman Islands, and now tells us to "Believe in America."

        by judyms9 on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:39:00 AM PST

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        •  The democrats have done their bidding (2+ / 0-)
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          zinger99, weltshmertz

          and continued Bush's tax cuts and helped the GOP completly rob the coffers. Norquist's starve the beast has benn realized.

          •  Norquist's starve the beast has NOT been realized (2+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            chuck utzman, judyms9

            since, due to the high unemployment rate and simultaneous low "aggregate demand," it is deficit spending which is exactly what the economics textbooks call for.

            "Cutting the deficit" is a foolish call in the present situation.  

            And that is true even if the president calls for "cutting the deficit" or for a "balanced approach to cutting the deficit."

            It is sheer lunacy.  And piss-poor macroeconomics.  Why should any take advice from Grover Norquist?

            "Cutting the deficit" will not (and never could) reduce unemployment or increase economic growth one bit.

            In fact "cutting the deficit" now will have exactly the opposite effect.

            "Cutting the deficit" right now will:  (a) shrink the economy; and (b) increase unemployment.

            If you don't believe me, go knock on the door of you local university's economics department and ask if I am right or if I am wrong.

            IF YOU DON'T want a smaller economy and IF YOU DON'T want higher unemployment, then you need to INCREASE spending until unemployment is greatly reduced (see "Employment, Full").  THEN cut you cut spending.

            As John Maynard Keynes wrote back in 1937,“The boom, not the slump, is the right time for austerity.”

            We are not in an economic boom, folks.  [You want austerity?  Look at Europe.  Unemployment is at 25% in Spain.  Plenty of budget-cutting, though.  Loads of that].

            So why are all the liberals on this board joined together in supporting the president as he agrees with the Republicans that we must not invest in the future right now, that we must not foster economic growth right now, but that now we must agree with the Republicans to "cut spending."

            Raising the top marginal tax rate doesn't make our basic bipartisan austerity agenda any less harmful.  And it is harmful.

            Our cost of real cost of federal borrowing after inflation is exactly zero percent at present.

            So why do the Republicans win the argument now?  They always want to cut spending, or say that they do.  So why let them have their way now??  After all, unemployment is at eff-ing eight percent!!

            When you say -- or when the president says -- that we need to "cut the deficit" (in the middle of the Great Recession), or when you say (as as the President also says) that we need to "balance" our policies by raising taxes just as we also cut spending in the middle of the Great Recession, then you are neither being very patriotic, nor a good Democrat, nor a good liberal.

            But you are being a very poor macroeconomist, in fact a piss-poor macroeconomist.  And you are agreeing with the Republicans.

            And then Norquist will indeed win.  Unless we ignore him, and put off the deficit-cutting until full employment is restored.

    •  so long as they've still got their pants (4+ / 0-)
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      TKO333, The Marti, TexasTom, weltshmertz

      they think that's a mandate

      "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

      by Sybil Liberty on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:22:08 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Speech sounds familiar (0+ / 0-)
      “We’re going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that have allowed some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share. In theory, some of those loopholes were understandable, but in practice they sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying 10 percent of his salary, and that’s crazy. It’s time we stopped it.” - President Ronald Reagan

      If not us ... who? If not here ... where? If not now ... when?

      by RUNDOWN on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:23:09 AM PST

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    •  I LOVE the tone of President Obama's talk and now (5+ / 0-)

      I feel more assured that "Our president" is going to follow through with his word ! We need some Lyndon Johnson In Your Face Negotiating...Grab Boehhners by the cujones and squeeze them until he screams in a high tenor..Ok, Ok Mr. President ! I never liked the rich that much anyho ? Why, thank you Mr Boener and I never knew you to hit such a high note, no pun intended..Our President sure is a joker and he can sing toooo..
      Make us proud President Obama

      "Round up the usual suspects"

      by NanaoKnows on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:25:38 AM PST

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      •  Obama holds a strong hand (3+ / 0-)

        The public supports his approach over the Romney/Ryan budget and there is nothing Republicans can do to prevent the Bush Tax Cuts from expiring at the end of the year.  They'll probably try to take some hostages or throw temper tantrums but at this point only Obama can extend the tax cuts on the millionaires by signing lame duck legislation that includes them.

        Republicans can pout all they want but if they are serious about keeping tax breaks for the millionaires then they are going to have to make some serious concessions in areas of Democratic interest.  Obama has the strong hand right now.

        •  He must not compromist with those Obstructionists (2+ / 0-)
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          NanaoKnows, chuck utzman

          formerly known as Republicans. The grassroots/netroots got him re-elected. The President knows it. He has a majority Senate, thanks to Kossacks that are now saying hello to their familes. It's collection time.

          The President owes progressives, activists. A few emails and phone calls to our critters to remind them who got them elected, a few reminders left at the WH site.

          There are over 300,000 of us.

          Obama IS obligated to to play that hand right now. You are right.

          I hope he invites Senator-elect Warren to that meeting.

          2012-2016 President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senator Warren. For a LIFETIME, federal judges. Get the filibuster changed. Harry, the people have spoken. To all Democrats: do not reach across the aisle, your hand will get cut off. Steamroll.

          by CuriousBoston on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 11:25:37 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

    •  Ha! (0+ / 0-)

      Say what you want, you little bootlicking, Pinkerton bitches.  You're going DOWN.

      God is victory sweet

    •  Not only did Republicans lose House seats... (2+ / 0-)
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      weltshmertz, chuck utzman

      ...but they did not even win the aggregate vote in House races.

      Nationally, more people voted for Democratic congressional reps than voted for Republicans.  The Republicans managed to maintain control due to redeistricting and the packing of Democratic voters into relatively compact geographical areas.  They didn't maintain control due to popular support.

      Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

      by TexasTom on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 08:14:04 AM PST

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    •  this is a head fake (2+ / 0-)
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      snoopydawg, weltshmertz

      I'm worried that this whole issue of a tax increase for the rich, which won't have a whole lot of effect on the budget, is just distracting us from doing a lot of things that are more important.

      Especially when it's coupled with spending reductions. Where are those reductions going to come from?

  •  oh, Tax fights! (5+ / 0-)

    Why am I reminded of that Onion headline:

    "Black Man given worst job in America"

    This has been a golden age for confirmation bias. - David Brooks

    by Mindful Nature on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:12:39 AM PST

  •  Obama sets himself up for failure again. (9+ / 0-)
    Instead, you want cooperation. You want action. That’s what I plan to deliver in my second term, and I expect to find leaders from both parties willing to join me.
    Will he never learn?

    The fact is that Obama can't deliver cooperation or action. Both of those things depend on Republicans and Republicans are not going to try to make his second term a success any more than they made his first term success. They still want him to fail and their success still depends on making him fail.

    I hope Obama has a tougher response this time when the Repukes obstruct and refuse to compromise.

    •  He has the stick (6+ / 0-)

      He has the carrot.

      If the GOP refuses to cooperate, they will be seeing big tax increases for all and Democrats will be able to point out that these tax increases are Republican tax increases.

      The GOP is the party of mammon. They mock what Jesus taught.

      by freelunch on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:19:02 AM PST

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    •  Is posturing (10+ / 0-)
      The fact is that Obama can't deliver cooperation or action.
      PBO has to set a conciliatory tone, regardless of how hard he plans to push for our position.

      is akin to "proceed governor" the GOP's congress leadership should be the one looking infantile, shrill  and wrong.

      "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." -- Mahatma Gandhi

      by IamTheJudge on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:19:56 AM PST

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    •  He Needs to stay involved (9+ / 0-)

      He makes a speech every few weeks on something, leaves it to Congress to work out and assumes that Republicans are negotiating in good faith.  It's fairly clear that Republicans are willing to take hostages and kill those hostages to prevent Obama from accomplishing anything or getting any credit.

      The only way things will work this time is if the Democrats start acting like Republicans- get a few solid talking points and keep using them on every media outlet they can get on.  Don't go off message and don't let up on this issue.

      Obama needs to use his office to do the same- he has to stay involved, give speeches, hold press conferences, etc. on this issue.  In other words, he has to sell this. The only way that the House will bend is if public sentiment smothers them (and even then its a maybe)

      •  President Obama sasid, "Make me do it." It's time (0+ / 0-)

        for the grassroots/networks that got him re-elected to collect. Activists got him relected, he knows it, gave him a clear Senate majority, he knows it. Act Blue money from Kossacks?

        Over 300, 000 Kossacks. As a Kossack asked, where's my Senator kos?

        The WH needs to have pressure, the congress critters need to have pressure. No playing with Obstructionists(formerly)known as republicans.

        No playing with dinosaurs, or alligators or vipers. No compromise. None.

        2012-2016 President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senator Warren. For a LIFETIME, federal judges. Get the filibuster changed. Harry, the people have spoken. To all Democrats: do not reach across the aisle, your hand will get cut off. Steamroll.

        by CuriousBoston on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 11:33:36 AM PST

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    •  cnn is saying that it is O who must compromise (3+ / 0-)
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      Timothy J, weltshmertz, expatjourno

      ...meaning he has to cave, or it will be his fault if we go back into recession.

      After all, he is the reasonable one.

      Sounds like the narrative needs to change or the situation never will.

      This is like the govt shutdown, only we will be blamed this time.

      •  CNN is Fox lite (8+ / 0-)

        On Fox Steve Doocy and company said they hoped Obama learned from Tuesday night that Americans are tired of his politics and his style. Daily Show and SNL writers don't even have to write stuff anymore...

        •  i've dubbed them the conservative news network (2+ / 0-)
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          weltshmertz, expatjourno

          But, they are more mainstream than fox.  Local news ends to mirror cnn more than nbc.

          My point is we will lose the argument if everyone expects O to adopt the right wings demands because the right wing is pshyco and won't stop pulling the trigger in Russian roulette.

      •  Not just CNN--everyone is saying this. (3+ / 0-)
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        maryabein, weltshmertz, expatjourno

        "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

        by zenbassoon on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:40:07 AM PST

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        •  I'm not. The President damn well knows who got (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          expatjourno

          him elected. The mainstream media don't matter. WE DO!
          Kossacks = over 300, 000. The grassroots and netroots worked asses off for months getting him elected, giving him a clear majority in the Senate.

          We need to remind him that WE are here to collect. The WH and our congress critters need to hear from us.

          As kovie suggested,  Occupy their offices. Angie in Washington suggested several things using the DKos group Citizen Lobbyist.

          The President, all the re-elected and newly elected critters owe us. time to remind them.

          Kerry contact page on my favories bar, two emails a day, one for him to thank Majority Leader Reid for stating that Social Security is off the table, another to tell-tell, not ask-President Obama not to compromise.

          I did send another email to Kerry. If he takes SOS, MA will need to have a special election to replace him. I'd rather not have another election just now!

          2012-2016 President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senator Warren. For a LIFETIME, federal judges. Get the filibuster changed. Harry, the people have spoken. To all Democrats: do not reach across the aisle, your hand will get cut off. Steamroll.

          by CuriousBoston on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 11:43:32 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  There's more than one way to compromise... (1+ / 0-)
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        expatjourno

        ...unfortunately, what most of the beltway pundits mean by "compromise" is "give the Republicans what they want" -- massive budget cuts offset by new revenue that is generated by taking away tax loopholes that benefit lower and middle income people.

        That, needless to say, is "compromise" that Democrats should reject.

        Reasonable compromise, on the other hand, could involve phasing in expiration of tax cuts on the wealthy.  For example, tax cuts on those making over $1 million could expire next year, then for those making between $500,000 and $999,999 the year after, and those making between $250,000 and $499,999 the year after that.  That's not the only possibility, but it is an example of the sort of thing that the President could accept in order to let Republicans claim something...

        Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

        by TexasTom on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 08:18:46 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  How many divisions does Wolf Blitzer have? (1+ / 0-)
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        expatjourno

        CNN and the rest of the media did everything they could to prop up Romney after the first debate, and they failed miserably. Voters weren't buying the crap sandwich that they were selling.

        Some things just aren't that complicated, folks. Tax cuts for the rich: BAD. Tax cuts for the rest of us: GOOD. If Obama and the Democrats take that message to the people, they'll win.

        There's no such thing as a moderate Republican.

        by maksutov66 on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:55:22 AM PST

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    •  I'm confused. (8+ / 0-)

      Why can't O just allow all the Bush tax cuts to expire, and then propose a tax cut for the non-rich. Surely the R's would have to pass that?

      GOP: Bankers, billionaires, suckers, and dupes.

      by gzodik on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:45:59 AM PST

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    •  Cooperation sure. Appeasement, no. (1+ / 0-)
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      expatjourno

      Appeasement didn't work for Chamberlain with you-know-who, didn't work for Democrats with W, didn't work for Obama with his "friends across the aisle" in his first term.  Do you suppose he's got the picture yet?

      (I'm assuming here that he's seriously trying to achieve what he says he is.)

  •  Step up rich folks (4+ / 0-)

    I mean right now.  A good campaign would be various people of fabulous wealth talking about how they believe in this tax increase because it's the right thing for the country.  

    When truth is only a matter of opinion, advantage goes to the liars.

    by Sun dog on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:16:02 AM PST

  •  Expect the GOP to do their same BS (3+ / 0-)
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    weltshmertz, BeerNotWar, MixedContent

    These guys will bankrupt America before they'll raise taxes on the 1%.

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

    by rreabold on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:18:00 AM PST

  •  Yessir, Mr. President. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    The Marti

    "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

    by Sybil Liberty on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:19:19 AM PST

  •  Glad to see (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    The Marti, Timothy J

    "so called fiscal cliff."

    Being president doesn't make you who you are....it reveals who you are. -Michelle O., September 2012

    by Anne933 on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:20:04 AM PST

  •  It's Boehner's call (4+ / 0-)
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    skillet, The Marti, Timothy J, OldDragon

    Like Susan Gardner said, the ball is in Boehner's court now.

    And I hope that, now that he has won four more years, Obama will not be a slave to compromise at the expense of principle.  Insisting that the wealthy pay their fair share is our baby.  Shoveling trillions into the maw of defense is the baby of the Republicans.  Hopefully, Obama will have the backbone to tell the Republicans, "Either the wealthy will pay their fair share, or the cuts to defense will happen as scheduled."  THAT, if anything, should make the Republicans more serious about finding an answer to the money problem than they have been in the past.

    •  We'll see if he learned from his 1st term (1+ / 0-)
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      OldDragon

      Also this time around, health care reform is off the table.  It's done.  The Tea Party is broken and will have a difficult time remaining relevant so there won't be any ground swell birther nuttiness this time.  I would suspect you are going to see more assassination plots uncovered and really fringe activity but the Tea Party ended up being a political liability.  Obama won't have to worry about the secession segment either.  Everybody knows he is going to finish in four years so no more reload talk.

      Obama knows the Republican leadership and how they operate so now we find out if he understands the limits of their cooperation and how he should proceed to accomplish his objectives.  It should be fascinating to see it unfold and tell us a lot about the reality and benefit of his budget and debt policies.

    •  It is in our court. Grassroots activists elected (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      chuck utzman

      him. Gave him a majority senate. Majority Leader Reid has already said Social Security is off the table. He needs to be thanked.

      WH and congress critters need to be reminded that the grassroots activists have come to collect. Over 300, 000 Kossacks. Act Blue Orange to Blue?

      Congress critters are Kossacks A few Kosmails wouldn't hurt either.

      President Obama needs to be reminded who elected him, that we are waiting to collect.

      2012-2016 President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senator Warren. For a LIFETIME, federal judges. Get the filibuster changed. Harry, the people have spoken. To all Democrats: do not reach across the aisle, your hand will get cut off. Steamroll.

      by CuriousBoston on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 11:50:39 AM PST

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  •  Will Boehner hold his breath (4+ / 0-)
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    skillet, Sue B, The Marti, Cedwyn

    Until he turns (what is orange + blue anyway?)

    White-collar conservatives flashing down the street, pointing their plastic finger at me..

    by BOHICA on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:20:33 AM PST

  •  Why the Hell Must We Have Austerity At All? (14+ / 0-)

    No matter how many times the voters reject austerity, our lords and masters in both parties keep insisting we need "shared sacrifice" to the confidence fairy!

    The HELL with "shared sacrifice" -- we don't need or want any sacrifice at all! Since when is "reducing the deficit" suddenly the most important priority during the midst of the worst recession in 50 years?

    Why would we be happy with delayed access to Medicare or Social Security cost of living cuts just because billionaires pay a few cents more on their taxes? I don't give a damn about that and you don't either!

    The people just voted Obama a second term, and elected Democrats in every state on OPPOSITION to more cuts, especially to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

    By HUGE margins we want HIGHER taxes on the rich and NO benefit cuts. And we rejected the arguments of the Ayn Randian idiots.

    So, why the HELL are we faced with the same idiotic "austerity" and "shared sacrifice" crap that is currently destroying Europe?

    They keep trying to cut spending -- and it only keeps spiraling the economy downward. The same thing will happen in America, yet the President just won't let go of his insane GRAND BARGAIN that everybody HATES!

    Why is that sclerotic imbecile Erskine Bowles being talked about as Commerce Secretary?

    Right now, our only hope is that the insane Tea-baggers are in no mood to compromise and will veto any deal in the lame duck session.

    •  To break us into submission (3+ / 0-)
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      Timothy J, a2nite, weltshmertz

      If not us ... who? If not here ... where? If not now ... when?

      by RUNDOWN on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:24:37 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Why indeed? (2+ / 0-)
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      weltshmertz, MixedContent

      "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

      by smiley7 on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:55:33 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  the obscene wealth distribution (2+ / 0-)
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      weltshmertz, OldDragon

      The process must be disrupted. If we can't shift existing wealth, then we need to make sure that new wealth created is more fairly distributed.

      I totally agree that austerity and shared sacrifice is not going to make that happen.

      •  What distribution, (0+ / 0-)

        it is more like wealth amassment.

        A group wrote a book saying they were the chosen ones, they believed it. In one of their endeavors they displaced the people of a country, taking the best land, water and cities for themselves. Their book told them it was theirs, they believed it.

        by weltshmertz on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:39:39 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  We elected him, we gave him a majority Senate. (1+ / 0-)
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      chuck utzman

      He owes 300,000 Kossacks, MANY of whom worked their asses off to get him elected.

      it's time for us to collect. He needs to be reminded, not gently.

      Senator Reid already stated that Social Security is off the table. Reid did not consult anyone. He needs to be thanked. The critters that were re-elected and newly elected need to be reminded, too. Nothing wrong with letting to be critters know what we want. Not want we expect, What we want.

      I hope he includes Warren in this meeting. I've reminded him about it.

      2012-2016 President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senator Warren. For a LIFETIME, federal judges. Get the filibuster changed. Harry, the people have spoken. To all Democrats: do not reach across the aisle, your hand will get cut off. Steamroll.

      by CuriousBoston on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 11:56:23 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  earned/not earned (0+ / 0-)

      We're told, constantly, that when the obscenely wealthy are asked to pay a few dollars more, that is somehow an unfair distribution, because the oh-so-clever rich have earned their money.  

      But the powers that be have no qualms about demanding more taxes from the rest of us, because, apparently, we didn't earn the pittance we're paid for putting up with the idiotic bosses whose callous tactics caused us to have physical and/or mental breakdowns and inconvenient hardships.  Our wages were given to us out of the largesse of the ruling class, and we should be grateful for the generosity.  

      Too, we should expect to pay a "privilege tax" because we're ever-so-honored to be allowed to live within spitting distance of the ones who like to spit on us, who, of course, built every damn inch of road and such, one piece of gravel or one rivet at a time, because they're oh so dedicated to helping us while asking nothing in return.  

  •  Hang the Blame on Boehner, Cantor, McConnell (6+ / 0-)

    Best case is to go over the cliff in such a fashion with all blame visibly assigned and due to the rank intransigence of the Tea Party leaders.

  •  Chipping in is a sacrifice for rich people. (1+ / 0-)
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    The Marti

    Hey, GOP - Get In, Sit Down, Shut up, & Hang On!

    by 88kathy on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:27:24 AM PST

  •  Details on spending cuts? (2+ / 0-)
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    Dem Beans, Timothy J

    Anyone know just what spending Obama wants to cut?  Not Medicare/SS/Medicaid, I hope.

    •  How about agri and fossil fuel subsidies? Shift (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      weltshmertz, OldDragon, CuriousBoston

      those to infrastructure projects that create jobs.

      Romney went to France instead of serving in our military, got rich chop-shopping US businesses and eliminating US jobs, off-shored his money in the Cayman Islands, and now tells us to "Believe in America."

      by judyms9 on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:45:45 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  That's a very good. He'll have their heads explode (0+ / 0-)

        Then say, okay, I'll compromise, % this year, next year, until all gone.

        2012-2016 President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senator Warren. For a LIFETIME, federal judges. Get the filibuster changed. Harry, the people have spoken. To all Democrats: do not reach across the aisle, your hand will get cut off. Steamroll.

        by CuriousBoston on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:03:27 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  Well he was ready to last time w/ that 'Grand Barg (1+ / 0-)
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      MixedContent

      "Grand Bargain" nonsense.  

      Boehner had his chance and walked away - really hoping BHO has learned his lesson - you don't negotiate with hostage-takers.  

    •  Reid made clear Social Security was off the table. (0+ / 0-)

      He didn't consult with the Obstructionists(formerly known as Republicans. Grassroots got the President re-elected, gave him a Senate Majority.

      It's time for us to collect. Not tell him and congress critters what we expect. Tell them what we want. Tell them in blunt terms, grassroots got you in, you owe us.

      Kossacks = over 300,000.

      Not to gentle tap, HEY, remember us?

      2012-2016 President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senator Warren. For a LIFETIME, federal judges. Get the filibuster changed. Harry, the people have spoken. To all Democrats: do not reach across the aisle, your hand will get cut off. Steamroll.

      by CuriousBoston on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:01:16 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  All we've been asking for (1+ / 0-)
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    CuriousBoston

    is fairness in taxes across the board.  The 1% needs to pay more - bottom line.  Send emails to the White House (he probably won't read them but the underlings will) and demand that he make the Repugs WORK WITH HIM and not vice versa and if they don't make it known.  We voted him in and I expect him to take that mandate and run with it.  

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/...

    •  I agree. Kovie suggested Occupy offices. I've (0+ / 0-)

      already got Kerry on my favorites bar, need to program his local numbers into my cell phone. He posts here, I'm sure Kosmail would get to staffers.

      A Kosmail to Grayson is always in order. Asking Warren if she's been invited to the meeting of "experts" is appropriate.

      Activists got him elected. It's time to collect. Angie in Washington suggested a few very good ideas. I was sent an invite to the group Citizen Lobbyists.

      Yes, we got him the mandate. If the Obstructionists(formerly known as Republicans) try to repeat their games, I want them called on it, loudly. Not, I expect, I WANT.

      Over 300,000 Kossacks. As a Kossack asked, kos, where's my Senator?

      2012-2016 President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senator Warren. For a LIFETIME, federal judges. Get the filibuster changed. Harry, the people have spoken. To all Democrats: do not reach across the aisle, your hand will get cut off. Steamroll.

      by CuriousBoston on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:11:35 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Don't forget tax on capital gains (7+ / 0-)

    I'm concerned that there's no mention of undoing the Bush tax reduction for capital gains income. It's not enough to say that people with incomes over $250k need to pay more. The biggest single problem with our tax system is that capital gains are taxed at only 15%. I think the best approach would be to let the Bush tax cuts expire and pass legislation restoring cuts for the middle class to provide ongoing economic stimulus. Even if capital gains are taxed at the Clinton-era 20%, that's not enough if we want to stop growing inequality in income and wealth. Based on his performance in his first term, I'm concerned about what kind of deal Obama might make. And he doesn't have to make a deal; just let the Bush tax cuts expire.

  •  i just heard (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    weltshmertz

    on the mhp show on msnbc that after being reelected 44 called mcconnell and boehner and they both were asleep and wouldn't take the call.

    wtf, this is our pres and the bigots in the gop need to be removed from office immediately if not sooner, i am sick and tired of this racist agenda disguised as opposition when it is plain and simple bigotry by a party that sees the kkk as more american then being a liberal.

    i am white and what my race has done over the centuries in the name of religion is barbaric, if there really is evil in the world it is white and not the people of color as the white bigots have proclaimed for decades.

  •  Boehner has NO balls. nt (0+ / 0-)

    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

    by Wynter on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:37:58 AM PST

  •  He is ever the optimist, but I hope he has learned (1+ / 0-)
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    Timothy J

    some realism too.

    And is ready to destroy the Republicans.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:39:21 AM PST

    •  I'm worried (2+ / 0-)
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      OldDragon, zenbassoon

      This part doesn't sound good " I will not ask students or seniors or middle-class families to pay down the entire deficit". Just how bad are students and seniors going to get hit? I hope President Obama isn't getting ready to pull a Clinton style triangulation on us. Social security, Medicare and Pell grants aren't the causes of the deficit. We need to really watch the Washington DC Democrats on this one.

    •  You know perfectly well that he hasn't! (1+ / 0-)
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      zenbassoon

      Every public comment indicates he's still Jonesing for his idiotic "grand bargain."

      He's just the worst capitulator since Marshall Petain! It never ends.

      Erskine Bowles for Commerce Secretary? Is that what we just elected? More austerity and "shared sacrifice."

      And the key futility and stupidity of all this is that everybody on earth KNOWS that all the "deficit reduction" is utterly FUTILE. The INSTANT Republicans gain the Presidency again they will immediately blow a giant hole in the deficit with huge tax cuts for the rich once again, and then leave office with boat-loads of cash and leave it to the Democrats to clean up their mess AGAIN!

      We need to stop playing that stupid game!

  •  Recover the House (0+ / 0-)

    We need to steal ourselves a group of Republicans in the House and turn them from the dark side. This election should have scared a few of them that still have working brains that they need to get some shit passed that will become law. No more screwing around with Teahadists in the House and no one should ever trust Boehner again!

    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

    by Wynter on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:41:23 AM PST

  •  I'd Prefer.... (6+ / 0-)

    .... that he not worry about compromise and play hardball with the GOP.  They would never be civil and conciliatory.  That's one lesson he needs to learn from the Reps.  They destroy, ruin and take out the enemy, not play nice.

    •  The grassroots elected him, and gave him a (0+ / 0-)

      majority senate. Senator Reid has already said that Social security is off the table.

      Over 300,000 Kossacks. How many GOTV? How much cash? He OWES us.

      It's time to thank Reid, and pressure everyone else. I don't expect, I want. No playing with alligators. No is a very simple short word. Just keep repeating it.

      And bring Elizabeth Warren to that meeting of all the "experts".

      2012-2016 President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senator Warren. For a LIFETIME, federal judges. Get the filibuster changed. Harry, the people have spoken. To all Democrats: do not reach across the aisle, your hand will get cut off. Steamroll.

      by CuriousBoston on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:16:35 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Repbulicans Know How to Negotiate. (2+ / 0-)
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    Cugel, weltshmertz

    How many times have we been disappointed by the President for negotiating against himself.  Remember how he took single payer off the table on day one?  How he made the stimulus 1/3 tax cuts in exchange for exactly zero votes for it?  

    The Republicans don't do that.  Yes, they lost.  And now their opening position is "Give us everything we want and  we'll agree to let you still be President."  Yeah, that's contrary to democracy but by making us ask for everything, it strengthens their position in the final outcome.

    The President has enormous leverage on the horizon because everyone's taxes will go up and lots of defense spending will be cut if nothing happens.  But I'm not surprised that the GOP is opening with Romney's tax plan as their position.

    The moving variables are the highest rate, where it starts and how much of the defense budget gets cut.  The President wants it to go up from 35 to 38.6 starting at 200K.  He won't get that because he needs 25 Republicans house votes to get any deal.  I hope he fights for all of it, but if the final numbers are something like 37%, 250K and half the defense cuts, then I'll say, that's how negotiations work.

    "Unrestricted immigration is a dangerous thing -- look at what happened to the Iroquois." Garrison Keillor

    by Spider Stumbled on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:47:09 AM PST

    •  True, the Republicans won't play ball. (1+ / 0-)
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      OldDragon

      Particularly with Obama and his administration.  The only ball they are playing is among themselves.
      The best course for this administration is to cut their losses and go at it alone.  Trying to work with the "God wants Rape" party is demoralizing and a complete waste of time.

      A group wrote a book saying they were the chosen ones, they believed it. In one of their endeavors they displaced the people of a country, taking the best land, water and cities for themselves. Their book told them it was theirs, they believed it.

      by weltshmertz on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:46:22 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Raising taxes on the rich won't solve the problem (3+ / 0-)
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    maryabein, weltshmertz, OldDragon

    I'm so sick and tired of hearing that excuse I could scream. NOBODY SAID IT WOULD SOLVE THE PROBLEM.

    In fact, no one thing will solve the whole problem, but raising taxes on the rich is one part of the solution.

    Why do the talking heads let rich Republicans get away with saying this over and over without ever challenging them on the logic? Could it be because even Erin Burnett is reportedly making $2 million per year? This compares to

    Anderson Cooper - $11 million
    Joe Scarborough - $5 million
    Piers Morgan - $6 million
    Sean Hannity - $15 million
    Wolf Blitzer - $3 million
    Bill O'Reilly - $20 million
    Chris Matthews - $5 million
    Matt Lauer - $25 million
    Mika Brzezinski - $2 million
    Shepard Smith - $10 million
    Ed Schultz - $4 million
    Charlie Rose - $8 million
    Bret Baier - $7 million

    Whose side are they on?

    Eliminate tax breaks that stimulate the offshoring of jobs.

    by RJDixon74135 on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:49:58 AM PST

    •  Wow, you're right, (1+ / 0-)
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      RJDixon74135

      i didn't know those they were making so much money.
      Time we look for other ways of having the news predigested for us.

      A group wrote a book saying they were the chosen ones, they believed it. In one of their endeavors they displaced the people of a country, taking the best land, water and cities for themselves. Their book told them it was theirs, they believed it.

      by weltshmertz on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:49:17 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Unless Erin has some fancy way to avoid taxes, (0+ / 0-)

        letting the Bush tax cuts expire would cost her more than $500,000. I'd bet she does consider that "going over a financial cliff." Anderson Cooper probably agrees. I would cost him more than $3 million dollars. Can anybody believe they're objective?

        Eliminate tax breaks that stimulate the offshoring of jobs.

        by RJDixon74135 on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 02:51:49 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Can't you uy's hear it? (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    weltshmertz, MixedContent

    He's Caved Already!
    He's not exclusively sticking to the weasle line
    "and that means asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more in taxes",...
    which doesn't prevent him letting the top two Bush tax rates expire (you know, the ones that cast $960Billion over 10 years)

    Before the election, he explicitly said that we can't extend these because we can't afford them.  Now he's laying the ground to let Boehner offer some pittance in "revenue increases" from the rich and say he's won.

    Just bet your bottom dollar that PBO will give at least $3 cuts for every $1 revenue AND that the revenue will be MUCH MUCH less than the $960Billion he leaves with the rich in the form of permanently lower tax rates.

    The cake is baked and we'll all be choking on it by Christmas.  It's what this president does to his most ardent supporters every time. He knows he can because the alternatives are sooooo much worst.

  •  Obama needs to threaten to reduce the number (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    OldDragon, weltshmertz

    of foreign US military bases that are operating mostly to secure the economic interests of the 1%.  Then remind VA that re-elected Cantor that the squeeze will be on them as well if the House continues to be the domestic army protecting the 1%.

    Romney went to France instead of serving in our military, got rich chop-shopping US businesses and eliminating US jobs, off-shored his money in the Cayman Islands, and now tells us to "Believe in America."

    by judyms9 on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:51:43 AM PST

  •  The GOP Ultimately Does Not Want To See (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    weltshmertz

    taxes go up on the middle class and to have their reps in swing districts blamed for that and for the recession from going over the fiscal cliff. Let those reps either be responsible for going over the fiscal cliff or let them support a baled approach and be primaries in 2014. We can target these 35 districts now.

    •  Don't You Get It? Obama KNOWS This! (2+ / 0-)
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      weltshmertz, MixedContent

      He knows that he could FORCE them to fold. But, that would be "partisan" and worse, it would force them to a deal HE DOESN'T WANT!

      He WANTS austerity and "shared sacrifice." He's said it over and over again. He wants $4 in spending cuts to every dollar in "revenue hikes" and "revenue" can be imaginary "tax savings" from "closing tax loopholes" that clever corporate tax lawyers will immediately find ways to get around around -- so the rich's taxes will never go up anyway -- unless we RAISE capital gains tax rates on the rich.

      It should be clear by now that he's really just like the Conservative Party in Britain that no matter how far the death spiral of the economy goes, they just keep slashing the budget further and further.

      Greece is already more depressed than during the Great Depression with nearly 30% unemployment and millions of people trying to flee the country to find jobs elsewhere. Yet they keep imposing "one more round" of austerity cuts!

      And now our lords and masters keep insisting that we institute it here!

      If Obama is going to impose his austerity cuts, then we'd be better off with Mitt Romney as President, because at least then the Democratic Party would oppose him with 40 Senators blocking his plans.

  •  Meanwhile, the RWNJs talk of voting irregularities (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    weltshmertz

    and try to raise the specter of fraud - yet, from what I've seen (at least in an initial pass), they're trying to invent a new reality (again...still).

    And yet they seem to mimic the claims made by others in 2000 & 2004 when Bush's numbers had interesting flaws & apparently magickal math...almost as if they are projecting...

    ~sigh~

  •  the President's timing is...impeccable... (2+ / 0-)
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    khyber900, weltshmertz

    ...my guess is that the Republicans didn't see it coming that the President would, immediately after winning reelection pivot to...putting them on defense when it comes to Republican tax cuts for the filthy rich.

    His timing, in my opinion, was impeccable.

    After the 2008 election, the Republicans gave President-elect and then President Obama no honeymoon whatsoever (perhaps because he wasn't like all other previous presidents in American history who were afforded that basic courtesy?) Apparently, the President and his staff determined that Republicans would likely not give him a honeymoon this time and that he wouldn't give them one, either.

    The president is currently at his peak strength having won reelection. His timing was perfect, in terms of pivoting immediately to put Republicans on defense on tax cuts for the filthy rich. The administration's approach to this so far has me feeling...cautiously optimistic.

    •  True, but for all we know (0+ / 0-)

      Obama is just a prop for his handlers in Chicago who represent wealthy interests whose agenda is to create war, confusion and chaos in order to increase their vast personal wealth and real estate holdings here in the US and all over the world, particularly in the middle east.

      We'll see,  if he retires in the next couple of weeks back into his work as though it was just another ho hum job like he did in his last term we'll know that we were duped.

      A group wrote a book saying they were the chosen ones, they believed it. In one of their endeavors they displaced the people of a country, taking the best land, water and cities for themselves. Their book told them it was theirs, they believed it.

      by weltshmertz on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 10:03:12 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  His approach is much simpler now. Reminds (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    grapes, weltshmertz

    me a lot of Bill Clinton from the government shutdown onwards.  He is clear in what he is saying and everything he is saying is tied to an issue or a statement that was vetted with the voters in the campaign. The phrasing puts the GOP in a box.  They're holding up extending tax cuts for the middle class and it isn't going to help them to remain intransigent.

    Alternative rock with something to say: http://www.myspace.com/globalshakedown

    by khyber900 on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 08:10:26 AM PST

    •  Having them in a box is the key (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      chuck utzman, MixedContent

      When 98% of the country is facing a tax hike, Obama can do a simple "1-2-3":

      1. Democrats in the Senate have already voted to stop the hike.
      2. The Democrats in the House will vote for a clean bill to stop the hike..
      3. I will sign a clean bill to stop the hike.

      "All we need now is for the Speaker to bring a clean bill to the floor and your taxes won't go up."

      Maturity: Doing what you know is right - even though you were told to do it

      by grapes on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 08:39:28 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  It can't be a matter of whether to raise taxes (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    boudi08, weltshmertz

    It has to be a matter of how much, and for whom.

  •  Obama is wrong and he's still using GOP framing. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    MixedContent

    He SHOULD say, "You can't cut your way to prosperity. In fact, huge cuts in spending right now would lead to another recession. It's the worst possible time to cut spending. We need to wait until unemployment is much lower before we engage in that. But we can help the deficit in the near term by raising taxes on millionaires and billionaires. We can reduce the deficit by taxing them at higher rates -- rates they once paid when the economy boomed. So I am proposing new tax brackets to reduce the deficit now:

    Those who make more than 1 million
    10 million
    50 million
    100 million

    and

    1 billion.

    Each new bracket will have a higher marginal rate, culminating in 91% for those who make a billion or more."

  •  Thank you President Obama (0+ / 0-)

    for not budging to Republicans holding this country for ransom so top 1% can get a tax cut.

  •  Boy do I like that guy! (0+ / 0-)
  •  Why didn't all you naysayers just vote for Romney? (0+ / 0-)

    I really don't understand all the doomsday predictions on here and saying he'll cave and he'll just bend over for Republicans.  He's not running for reelection this time.  What does he have to lose?   Any failures of cooperation can be laid solely at the doorsteps of Republicans and he doesn't have to worry about being blamed for it.  Of course Democrats need to do their part in getting their message out, but I really don't see why he has to hold back in his second term.

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