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and while we're at it extend the debt ceiling and unemployment benefits, and we don't cut off Boehner's balls and string them on a necklace for Nancy Pelosi. More money for defense is optional.

If we go over the "cliff", same deal plus the necklace and the Speakership for Nancy.

After all although Democrats prefer option 2 we are not willing to put partisan interests above the good of the country and subject hardworking Americans to the confusion and uncertainty of tax rates that change midyear. But we will live with it if you force us.

No we are not gonna propose policies we disagree with in the hope of finding something sufficiently toxic that you can blame us for so you will allow us to do the stuff you also want to do. If you really want to demand some absurd unpopular and counterproductive policy as the price of going along, you will have to propose it, vote for it as a freestanding amendment, and own it in the 2014 election. We will let you keep it in conference if we think you are really fucked.

No we are not gonna undo Obamacare, or take any action which will reduce the number of Americans who have health insurance.  Making sure that every American actually has health insurance (with free preventative care) is, by the way, the primary way we expect to control the cost of entitlements.  

No we are not gonna add an expensive, cumbersome and immensely unpopular means test of Medicare, so we can increase the administrative costs without actually saving anything.

By the way Susan Rice gets to be the next Secretary of State, and we will spare you the embarassment of hearings on whether any Republican congress critters actually leaked classified information that aided our enemies in an effort to prove the administration was involved in a criminal conspiracy to avoid confirming Obama's critique that Romney was an idiot for naming Russia rather than Al Qaeda the top threat facing the country.

Those are my terms. I hope and expect that the Obama administration and Dems have got this and that is what they are proposing as well.

What are your terms for avoiding the fiscal cliff?

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Comment Preferences

  •  My terms are easy. Do nothing. (1+ / 0-)
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    elwior

    Jump on in, the waters fine.

  •  I like the way you think Economaniac. (1+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock

    President Clinton had budget surplus which President Bush promptly destroyed with unfunded tax cuts, mostly for the rich, and large unfunded expansions of military expenditure for wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and a now eternal "war on terror."  

    Before we consider any reductions of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, eduction, or other social programs, we should return military spending back to an era when we were perfectly safe and still spent more than nearly half the worlds countries combined.  

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 01:45:57 PM PST

  •  President Obama ready to sign bill (0+ / 0-)

    President Obama has been flashing his pen saying that he is ready to sign a bill passed by the Senate and only needs to be passed by the House.  I think that's part of what you're saying.

    Obama calls on House to pass tax hikes

    Flush with re-election vigor, President Barack Obama called Friday for House Republicans to immediately pass a bill already approved by the Senate that would maintain current tax rates for middle-class Americans while increasing taxes of wealthier citizens.
  •  You got a laugh out of me. (0+ / 0-)

    There's no telling what items might end up on the table.

    I don't see any reason for a deal now.  The deals have already been made.  Let the chips fall where they will.

    "Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves." - Abraham Lincoln

    by leftreborn on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:04:38 PM PST

  •  Wrong! (1+ / 0-)
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    Roger Fox
    while we're at it extend the debt ceiling
    Eliminate the debt ceiling.  The debt ceiling was established by an act of Congress and can be ended by an act of Congress.  The debt ceiling law serves no purpose except as a political punching bag.  The debt is the difference between what Congress passes as tax laws and what Congress passes as spending.

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