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I'm not a numbers guy. At all. In fact, the subject makes my eyes glaze over. Am I reading what this guy is saying correctly?

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) called on President Obama and top Republicans to agree to a deficit-reduction deal that extends all the Bush-era tax rates for six months.

Portman, the former director of the Office of Management and Budget, said that extending the current tax rates into 2013 was the only way legislators could come to a broader agreement on deficit reduction.

In other words, the only way you continue to get what you want. You'll be doing the same thing six months after that.


"I think [President Obama] might consider [extending the current tax code for six months]," Portman said, "if we make a commitment right now" to tackle tax reform and entitlement reform.
Right now!

So let me get this straight: If Republicans would only just compromise by accepting their own goals, the President might be persuaded to giving Republicans what they want. Got it.


"The work's been done by a lot of different groups, there will be increased revenues. Those increased revenues will come from those who are in what is now the top two brackets. And there could be some other revenue."
So does that mean you're ok with taxing the rich, after all? I'm getting confused.


Portman said he would not sign on to a deal that extended the tax rates for 98 percent of Americans, but put off a tax rate extension for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans until next the end of 2013.

Portman said doing that would hurt the economy.

"The president would get what he wants. He wants to sort of exact his political pound of flesh here after the election. I understand that," Portman said. "But let's not do it in a way that hurts people who are trying to find work. [...]"

It's kinda what the majority of the country wants, not just a triumphant president trying to rub an election loss in your face.

And how does holding middle class tax cuts hostage by insisting that those who aren't looking for work won't have to pay more taxes for another six months do anything to help those who are looking for work?

Am I missing something here?

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

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    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 03:07:36 PM PST

  •  RE your question: (2+ / 0-)
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    DeadHead, Aureas2
    And how does holding middle class tax cuts hostage by insisting that those who aren't looking for work won't have to pay more taxes for another six months do anything to help those who are looking for work?
    What he said was:
    "But let's not do it in a way that hurts people who are trying to find work. [...]"
    What he meant was:

    Bu raising taxes on high income earners -- they will stop hiring people.

    (Don't shoot the messenger.)


    A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. -- Groucho Marx

    by Pluto on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 03:30:58 PM PST

    •  When he said: (1+ / 0-)
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      DeadHead
      "The work's been done by a lot of different groups, there will be increased revenues. Those increased revenues will come from those who are in what is now the top two brackets. And there could be some other revenue."
      You asked:
      So does that mean you're ok with taxing the rich, after all? I'm getting confused.
      Romney shouldda told ya:  What he's talking about closing some "loopholes." It might take some time, and will certainly be regressive, but trust them.


      A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. -- Groucho Marx

      by Pluto on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 03:35:44 PM PST

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    •  Ah, those Job Creators™ (3+ / 0-)
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      Pluto, Aureas2, a2nite

      I get it, now.

      ;-)

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      Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
      ~ Jerry Garcia

      by DeadHead on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 03:57:37 PM PST

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  •  Do not trust Portman (6+ / 0-)
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    DeadHead, JeffW, Gooserock, Aureas2, dougymi, a2nite

    He's a hyperpartisan hack.  He's just good at schmoozing some people into thinking he isn't.

    He is.

    Please stand by. I'm looking for a new sig line.

    by Betty Pinson on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 03:44:23 PM PST

  •  Who needs to win elections (3+ / 0-)
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    DeadHead, Gooserock, Aureas2

    when the Repubs dictate the terms of the deal, win or lose?  

    So, what they want is to delay the tax hikes, quash the sequester, and if a bargain isn't reached, what?  Another sequester?  Seems to me, they hope the situation will be more favorable to them the closer a solution is to mid-term elections.

    •  No more "six more months" (2+ / 0-)
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      Aureas2, dharmafarmer

      Obama needs to tell them, in no uncertain terms, to go fuck themselves.

      The public is on his side, he's not up for re-election anymore.

      And republicans continue to dig in their heels, evidently hoping that people stopped noticing who's interests they really have at heart.

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      Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
      ~ Jerry Garcia

      by DeadHead on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 04:13:47 PM PST

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      •  Republicans are bad faith actors. (1+ / 0-)
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        DeadHead

        The original bill, which Boehner and all other Republicans who were in the House in 2003 voted for, contained a sunset provision because of the Byrd Rule.  Therefore, they knew when they passed the bill that it would significantly increase the deficit, yet they howl now about the deficit.  They're trying to use as a bargaining chip something which should not even still exist if they were aligning themselves with the spirit of the Byrd Rule.

        The sequester exists at the insistence of Republicans.  They need to face their own music.

  •  the correct reading of what Portman's saying... (1+ / 0-)
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    DeadHead

    ...in order to reduce the deficit, we need to increase the deficit by extending the costly tax cuts for the filthy rich.

  •  He's such an assh***; he's "my" junior senator (1+ / 0-)
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    DeadHead

    Makes me so mad. He makes OH suck even more.

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 06:13:12 PM PST

    •  I'm sorry to hear that (0+ / 0-)

      I wouldn't wish this guy on anybody....

      ;-)

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      Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
      ~ Jerry Garcia

      by DeadHead on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 06:44:36 PM PST

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