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Fiscal Cliff Quotes of the DayThe public's idea of "balanced" is a lot different than Obama's idea of it.
"Let's be clear: This is something that the Republicans have asked for and as part of an effort to find common ground with Republicans, the president has agreed to put this in his proposal," replied Carney. "He has agreed to have this as part of a broad deficit reduction package that includes asking the wealthiest to pay more so that we can achieve the kind of revenue targets that are necessary to a balanced approach to deficit reduction." Lyin', back pedalin' Jay Carney"The biggest impediment [to a budget deal] right now is the speaker's ability to get a decent number of Republican votes for an agreement.... One way to get this done ... [would be] if the speaker was willing to bring to the floor of the House a bill that did not necessarily get a majority of Republican votes."
"I'm getting increasingly concerned that one of the reasons the speaker is deciding to ... string out these discussions is that he wants to wait till Jan. 3, when the election for speaker takes place. And he's concerned that any agreement he reaches [without support of a majority of Republicans] could undermine support for him in his caucus and make it more difficult on Jan. 3."
"Republicans used the redistricting process to their favor.... I don't think that is going to overcome the fact that the positions they have staked out on issues are so far to the extreme right of where the American people are that Democrats have a big opening with independent voters."
Chris Van Hollen
Public advocates compromise, seeks balanced approachBeyond stupid. What a legacy, (former) Madame Speaker! We finally got a female Speaker, and for awhile she had a huge majority in the House, while we had the Senate and the White House, and look what she did with it then, and look what she is still doing with her leadership role now. This is the woman who has been deemed such a strong leader? A champion of the Democratic party? Members of the House are fools to follow her lead. If they have half a brain, there will be mutiny. Her actions over the past five years have shown that she is not worthy of any trust. I hope they come to their senses when their phones are ringing off the hook, their voicemail, email and faxes are full, and they face furious constituents every day. Chris Van Hollen's recent statements suggest that the Dems are trying to get enough votes to cover for Republicans who won't vote for this, and if that happens, cutting Social Security will be squarely on the heads of the Democrats. This will be used against them in campaigns for decades to come. Republicans will legitimately be able to campaign forevermore on the fact that Democrats cut Social Security and they won't even be lying.
SOURCE: This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone Dec. 13 to 16, 2012, among a random sample of 1002 adults. The results have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York..
Nancy Pelosi Predicts 'Democrats Will Stick With The President' On Fiscal Cliff Deal
WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is convinced her fellow Democrats will get behind the White House's latest "fiscal cliff" deal that cuts Social Security benefits and increases taxes on the middle class. Others in the party, however, hedged on the likelihood of that provision passing with a majority of Democratic votes.
Despite these changes, Pelosi said she could convince her caucus to get behind such a plan, if need be.
"Do you think you could sell it to your caucus?" MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell asked Pelosi in an interview on Tuesday.
"I do," replied Pelosi, adding, "Yes, the Democrats will stick with the president -- and maybe not every single one of them."
(Note, Center for American Progress is the D party think tank. Tells you all you need to know about their intended economic policies going forward.)
Larry Summers named as distinguished fellow at Center for American ProgressSam Seder, The Majority Report
“As our country continues to confront challenges to establishing economic growth that is more broadly shared, there are few thinkers with Larry’s insights, keen intellect, and policy creativity,” said Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress, in a statement.
David Dayen: Exits Blogging & Obama’s Bad OfferHeh, I like ugly Christmas sweaters, sweatshirts and turtlenecks too. I even have an ugly Christmas embroidered vest. Most of them I picked up at sales after Christmas and I got them because my kids loved it when I wore them. Every couple of years I think: I should probably toss these things because it's silly to take up space with things you can only wear for one month out of the year and I've had some of them for years. But for whatever reason, I keep them. Now they are all the rage.
On today’s show Sam talks with the great David Dayen (@ddayen) about his exit from the liberal blogosphere and Obama’s new offer to the GOP.
So ugly they're cool
With Gene Autry's classic version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" playing in the background, Sarah Stockton-Brown tried on perhaps the trendiest top of the early winter season: a black wool vest embroidered with red Christmas bows and white bedazzles.
Like many people in their mid-20s, she's going to an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, and she's hoping to win some serious bragging rights.
Blog Posts and Tweets of Interest
@calvinhairstyle You don't seem to think things through. He would sacrifice his whole agenda to make cuts to Social Security? yeah, okay.— Alli (@GoBrooklyn) December 18, 2012
@mama4obama1 well, I am not attacking him. When he proposes something opposed by 2/3rds of ppl, my criticism has his back.— Karoli (@Karoli) December 19, 2012
Serious question: Why are people acting like there's no POTUS proposal on chained CPI: Carney said there is: huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/18/nan…— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) December 19, 2012
If you want to cut Social Security, chained-CPI is a particularly regressive way to do it: washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog…— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) December 18, 2012
It is time to end corporate tax loopholes and use this money to reduce the deficit and create jobs, not lower corporate tax rates. #budget— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 17, 2012
@barackobama Say no to a Chained CPI ..The way Colas are calculated do not even come close to keeping up with inflation as it is.— Alan Cochran (@Alan_Cochran) December 19, 2012
The chained CPI proposal in Obama's fiscal cliff offer will hurt impoverished elderly women: tnat.in/gcwTn— The Nation (@thenation) December 18, 2012
! @sensanders Dear Bernie:Most Americans dont understand what "chained-CPI" means! How unworthy of our Congress to play this "shell game"!— GRAY (@oceanshaman) December 19, 2012
@repsteveisrael No CPI deal !Cliff is best,then retroactive tax cuts stop being a wimp,I worked hard for Dems.Do not capitulate— Kent Haas (@KENTping) December 19, 2012
These politicians ran on avoiding cuts to benefits for people over 55, but "chained CPI hits everyone's benefits." - Soc. Sec. Works ExDir— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) December 18, 2012
Center for American Progress makes Larry Summers "distinguished fellow" wapo.st/T2t6Lm Because Wall St deregulation so "progressive"— Kevin Gosztola (@kgosztola) December 18, 2012
Jethro Tull- Pavane
Remember when progressive debate was about our values and not about a "progressive" candidate? Remember when progressive websites championed progressive values and didn't tell progressives to shut up about values so that "progressive" candidates can get elected?
Come to where the debate is not constrained by oaths of fealty to persons or parties.
Come to where the pie is served in a variety of flavors.
"The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum." ~ Noam Chomsky