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  •  Where's the fire? (4+ / 0-)

    His leverage increases - exponentially, I might add - on Jan. 1, at which point the problem is too much revenue - to the tune of $5T.  Not chump change (in fact it's interesting to watch the deficit scolds writhe in hysteria about the fiscal "cliff" when it's more like a gentle slope.  

    I simply do not understand the rush to a deal, any deal, no matter how crappy.  

    Not to mention, he'll also have a new - and much more favorable - Congress to work with.  

    •  Obviously he doesn't see it this way (0+ / 0-)

      and I agree with him.

      He's got maximum leverage now because he doesn't have the same goals as you and I.

    •  Fiscal Cliff eh? Deficit Scolds are Full of It (1+ / 0-)
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      Timothy J

      So let me see if I got this straight, according to the deficit scolds the deficit is the biggest problem our nation faces.  So a modest tax hike (3-5% increase -- Freedom(R) isn't free donchya know?) and government spending cuts both which will substantially cut the deficit are being defined by the same fiscal scolds as a "fiscal cliff", something we MUST avoid at all costs?

      But here is the real kicker, cutting the deficit by way of the "fiscal cliff" is just terrible, but cutting it by making Grandma eat catfood and raising Medicare age to the age "when you die", is just fine.  

      Agree that Obama's leverage increases after Jan 1.  And not only that but it is time to start changing the narrative.  And that starts with SS and Medicare are off the table.  Hell the plan they got now, i.e. "fiscal cliff" lowers the deficit without touching SS and Medicare.  And the beauty is it was the Republican's plan that they passed!

      Poor man wants to be rich. Rich man wants to king. And the king ain't satisifed until he rules everything. B.Springsteen

      by howd on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 04:28:47 PM PST

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