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President Obama Yesterday:

There are too many people who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality.
President Obama later yesterday:
Today’s bipartisan budget agreement [without extension of unemployment insurance] is a good first step. .  .   In the immediate term, Congress should extend unemployment insurance, so more than a million Americans looking for work don’t lose a vital economic lifeline right after Christmas, and our economy doesn’t take a hit.
The key word is "should."  Of course they should, but without some pressure, they won't.

I am a big "perfect is the enemy of the good" person.  I have defended prior compromises by the President because of the limited options due to the intransigence of the Tea Party et al.  

But before the Dems agree to a deal that sells out 2 million uninsured, they should evaluate the possible outcomes:

1.  Dems insist on extended UI, and the rest of the deal.

2.  Republicans go nuts.  Threaten to shut down the government.

3.  Dems make this a campaign issue.  Do everything possible to inform people that the Republicans want to punish people who are unemployed.  Tell them the Republicans are asking for cuts in social security in exchange for extended UI.  Tell them Dems will never agree to social security cuts.

4.  If necessary, let the shutdown occur in Jan.  The Republicans are now the shutdown party and it's likely they will be blamed.  (No amount of Sunday talk blather will change that.)

At least play this out until the deadline.

Be FDR Democrats.

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  •  Modern Liberal + Republican = static. (2+ / 0-)
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    Bethesda 1971, slakn1

    Good plan.

  •  The Republicans are the Shutdown Party because.... (1+ / 0-)
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    Bethesda 1971

    they shut down the government by refusing to agree to compromises when the Democrats were quite willing to meet them halfway.

    Would they still be the Shutdown Party if the Democrats shut down the government now that the Republicans have concessions they can point to?

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Wed Dec 11, 2013 at 10:30:50 AM PST

    •  If it's clear that (0+ / 0-)

      they are insisting on no UI extension and/or social security cuts.

      Steve Gilliard Lives.

      by Bethesda 1971 on Wed Dec 11, 2013 at 10:47:57 AM PST

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    •  Obamacare was not that popular (1+ / 0-)
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      slakn1

      at the time of the shutdown, and yet the R's still got blamed.  Imagine if they were stood their ground on things that are even more popular.

      Steve Gilliard Lives.

      by Bethesda 1971 on Wed Dec 11, 2013 at 10:49:18 AM PST

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      •  Bethesda - the GOP has all the cards this time (0+ / 0-)

        They are happy to pass a CR with all the sequester cuts in place, and the House will pass such a bill and hand it to the Senate. The Republicans won't have their fingerprints on anything  that touches a shutdown. We are in the opposite situation than last time. It is inconceivable that the Dems will shut down the government, so it's hard to see how the UI extension gets done without other domestic cuts to fund it.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Wed Dec 11, 2013 at 03:15:28 PM PST

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  •  I think you are wrong about the Republicans (1+ / 0-)
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    VClib

    shutting down the government.  Their plan B is to pass a clean CR -- exactly the kind of bill that the Democrats said in October was needed to avoid a government shut down - exactly the kind of bill that the President kept saying that all then needed to do was have a vote on.  

    So, if no deal was reached, the Republicans pass a clean CR to keep the government open. Then what does Senator Reid do?  If he doesn't allow a vote on the clean bill because he wants to put something else on the CR, he's doing what Speaker Boehner was excoriated for -- refusing to let a clean CR funding the government come up for a vote.  

  •  As per usual, (0+ / 0-)

    Obama talks tough, and then... nothing happens. The US government has become an insane asylum.

    •  The Dems have no leverage (0+ / 0-)

      No deal means the sequester automatically kicks in and the House will pass a clean CR, based on that funding plan.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Wed Dec 11, 2013 at 03:17:41 PM PST

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