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  •  In which case the Bush rates will revert (3+ / 0-)
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    VClib, RichM, reflectionsv37

    to the Clinton boom and budget surplus era rates.

    And no one has to do anything at all, Dem or Pub.

    •  cskendrick - that's OK with me (3+ / 0-)

      As I have noted here for months I think the Dems should just let all the tax cuts expire and not feel any pressure to make any deal. It would put the Dems in the best negotiating position.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 02:03:00 PM PST

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      •  That's just it. There's no need to dance at all! (3+ / 0-)

        The only people who need to freak are people up for re-election in red districts (after redistricting in 2010, if they aren't red now they never will be) and in red states (which are demonstrably getting less red over all with each passing election).

        Let the damn things expire... and let the Republicans come  explaining what of THEIR programs they will cut so Richie Rich can get his cuts back.

        Ditch the oil drilling subsidies?

        Have oil corps pay market rates to lease plots on federal lands and the continental shelf?

        Oh, I could go on alllll day.

        •  cskendrick - oil leases (1+ / 0-)
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          LilithGardener

          I am no expert in this area at all but it's my understanding that any qualified bidder can participate in the process of leasing federal lands, or ocean floor, to explore for oil and natural gas. If that is true, wouldn't the high bidder represent a market clearing price?

          "let's talk about that"

          by VClib on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 02:39:42 PM PST

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