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There is a diary currently on the Rec list that has a few typos in it.

I am returning to make a special guest appearance in order to correct the typos so that it reads accurately.

Putting aside the whole issue of (chained-CPI and whether it's a cut or an accurate measure of inflation) how budgets are passed and a forced goevernment shutdown), let's deal in some cold, hard facts.

Cold, hard fact #1:

Republicans control the House of Representatives
Cold, hard fact #2:
Both houses of Congress are required to pass legislation before it can even reach the president's desk
Cold, hard fact #3:
(Sequestration) A federal government shutdown will occur unless legislation is passed, and signed into law, to prevent it from happening or to modify its provisions

Now let's move to some logical conclusions that flow from those facts.
Logical conclusion #1:

A sufficient number of House Republicans will have to vote for any legislation to prevent or modify (sequestration) the budget impasse.
Logical conclusion #2:
This sufficient number of Republicans will only arise if some compromise is reached
Logical conclusion #3:
This compromise will mean that we will not get everything we want and will include giving Republicans some portion of what they want
Yes, President (Obama) Clinton won (re-) election, Democrats (increased) kept the Senate majority and (made gains) lost in the House.  This, however, only (creates additional) detracts from) leverage.  It does not give President (Obama) Clinton the ability to make Congress do as he pleases.  And whatever the result of the national House popular vote, it does not change the fact that Republicans won more than the 218 seats necessary to control the House.  (John Boehner)  Newt Gingrich is the speaker, and will continue as such.  That fact informs the political reality of what is possible and what is not.

The reality of the situation is that just as Republicans will be forced to cave on the issue of taxes, we will be forced to cave on the issue of spending cuts.  Any deal will include a mixture of both and if anyone who believes otherwise — whether believing it will all be spending cuts or will all be tax increases — is a fool. For me, part of being a liberal, and a Democrat, is acknowledging this because it means that I operate in reality.

The only way to change this reality is to elect more Democrats.  That's my final cold, hard fact.  If we want Speaker (Pelosi) Foley back, we need to get 218, or more, Democrats into the United States House of Representatives.  If we want to tilt the nature of the compromise into our favor, then we need to get 218, or more, Democrats into the United States House of Representatives.  If we want to accomplish anything, and leave the Republicans out of it, then we need a House majority.  Republicans learned the hard way this year that you can't go to extremes and still expect to win elections.

So, yes, I stand behind our DEMOCRATIC president and will continue to stand behind him as he fights the Republicans for the best compromise out there.

I would like to thank the diarist in question whose typos I am corrected.  It's a terrific diary, and it explains exactly why in 1995 President Clinton, having lost the House, as opposed to making gains in the House and Senate, couldn't take a hard line against unpopular GOP stands in the House of Representatives.  He couldn't keep to his demand that Congress send him only a "clean bill." He had no choice but to compromise, and make painful and permanent cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

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  •  Actually Clinton did want to privatize Social (7+ / 0-)

    Security and he was very close to it but then the Monica Lewinsky scandal happened. Thank God for that.

    •  Last President to raise taxes on the rich (1+ / 0-)
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      •  Clinton is still working to privatize SS. Signed (1+ / 0-)
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        NAFTA, and gave Wall St a license to steal. You gotta quit this guy.

        Clinton helped re-elect Obama and Clinton works for "interests" and now Obama will pay Clinton and his paymasters back. Working parents, students, and Union members back to the end of the line.

        Raising taxes on the rich, when more than half of them think it's a good idea, isn't much to crow about.

        And yes he balance the budget which was the long term goal of Reagonites... meh.

  •  Bill Clinton - progressive hero (9+ / 0-)

    can't make this shit up.

  •  I'm sorry.... (6+ / 0-)

    Aren't the reasons stated about why we had Welfare Reform that liberals are STILL mad about? I'm pretty sure Clinton wasn't held up as a Progressive hero at the time.

    Jus' sayin'.

    Cute diary though.

  •  Please explain this. (3+ / 0-)
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    TheLizardKing, pistolSO, Albanius
    (Sequestration) A federal government shutdown will occur unless legislation is passed, and signed into law, to prevent it from happening or to modify its provisions
    Funding cuts will not shut down the government.  These are cuts over 10 years.  

    I think you might mean a failure to raise the debt ceiling, but that will not cause a complete shutdown.

    Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

    by TomP on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 08:17:48 AM PST

    •  Will cause a Great Depression (1+ / 0-)
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      was the argument in support of Obama's concessions.

      But beyond being a questionable premise, it also misses a basic point - if Obama had to accept the deal he offered in the end, we could argue about it, but Obama will not get the deal he offered.

      The bargaining critique seems to have escaped those supporting the president's offer.

  •  Nobody has more progressive cred (8+ / 0-)

    than the two-term President who ushered in the consolidation of media through the Telecommunications Act (thank you too, almost President Al Gore), the passage of NAFTA, the repeal of Glass-Steagall, Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act.

    The choice of our lifetime: Mitt Romney, It Takes A Pillage or President Barack Obama, Forward Together.

    by FiredUpInCA on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 08:20:26 AM PST

  •  Actually (2+ / 0-)
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    corvo, happy camper

    I've dove off cliffs in the past and it's not all that bad. Actually quite a thrill.

    However when it is a fiscal "cliff" that is only about two inches high, the danger is WAYYYY overestimated.


    THERE IS NO NEED TO "COMPROMISE" ON SOCIAL SECURITY - Social Security has nothing to do with the present fiscal problems. The Repubs insisted on the "fiscal cliff" legislation that created this whole mess and now they are going to turn it into their biggest triumph - the gutting of Social Security - it always starts with a single cut....

    Other than that, my confidence in President Obama is severely shaken. I agree that he needs support in order to deal with the Republicans. I can't support any maneuvering that involves any benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. These programs are the core of the Democratic Party. When a Democratic President suggests cuts to these programs, one has to wonder about the viability of the Democratic Party - whether it is now or 18 years ago.

    One is forced to wonder if he will next propose increasing the Defense budget. I mean the Republicans REALLY want it, and our defense budget is only larger than the next nine nations combined. What if the next ten nations gang up on us? Did I mention that the Repubs REALLY want it?

    Who won the last election?

    There are only two types of Republicans: 1) racists; and 2) people who are willing to be associated with racists.

    by hillbrook green on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 08:22:30 AM PST

    •  "I've dove"?? (0+ / 0-)

      I've dived. As in "I have dived". You could say "I dove" though.

      For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

      by Anne Elk on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 09:04:35 AM PST

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      •  Thanks. (0+ / 0-)

        Are you any relation to Sister Mary Elizabeth? She had a propensity for smacking my knuckles every time I mad a mistake...

        I guess the moral of the story is no change tense in the middle of a thought.

        There are only two types of Republicans: 1) racists; and 2) people who are willing to be associated with racists.

        by hillbrook green on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 03:55:24 PM PST

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  •  If dKos was in operation during the Clinton years (2+ / 0-)
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    the exact same type of diaries that are on the list today regarding President Obama would be on the list excoriating Clinton.  Probably even more so.

    •  Absolutely (1+ / 0-)
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      But there would have been a ton of diaries supporting clinton on his government shutdown battle with Gingrich.

      But welfare reform? Ooh it would have been ugly for Clinton here.

    •  As should be. NAFTA, media and banking dereg, (1+ / 0-)
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      retreat on gay rights and losing an important mid term by betraying the Democratic Parties most loyal workers, Unions and Liberals. Clinton owns the financial meltdown. He built that.

      The repugs control the House because Rahm and Obama tried to party with the repugs like it was the 90s. But this time instead of voting for repug bills offered up by a conservative Democrat, they sat on their hands and let Obama and Rahm back stab the liberal and Union base. Mid terms came and an unhappy Dem base didn't dig out the votes for a conservadem president that allowed his CoS to insult, rather than include the hardest working Democratic foot soldiers.

      The cons brought out the t-bags and Rahm told Dem troops to fuck out of Wall Sts business. Bye bye House.

      Clinton was, and is, a no good rotten son of a bitch who dismantled some of the most important accomplishments of the New Deal. With all the eventual disaster that people on the left, and people with fiscal common sense, said would happen.

      That Obama was re-elected by a base, and the voters they inspired in a sound and loud rejection of Wall St and repug values, then turns around and grand bargains with the people who have made war on the American middle class for 30 yrs is breathtaking.

      Clinton had to, and Obama has to deal with a repug Congress because they built that.

  •  Clinton compromised all the time. I'm sure (0+ / 0-)

    you know that.

    •  'Sold out the American people' might be a better (0+ / 0-)

      description of Clintons actions.

      •  Whatever you want to call it, claims in the diary (0+ / 0-)

        that he was a liberal champion who stood down the Republican hordes is kinda strange.

        •  Man, do I agree with you! (0+ / 0-)

          We can always proudly call ourselves New Deal Democrats with pride in, and respect for, the accomplishments of 4 decades. Accomplishments that improved the lives of the majority of Americans and made our country secure, educated, and prosperous.

          The Clintonian skunks who undermine these accomplishments for Wall St, deserve all the scorn we can muster. And if they are so proud of their works why do these conservadems keep changing the name of their gang. They've been The DLC, the New Dems, 3rd Way, No Labels, Move Forward... Fuck America for Wall St. But no matter the name, when you open the package it's the same old shit.  

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