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  •  I agree that if the Republicans refuse to (1+ / 0-)
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    compromise on revenue, they will take the blame. Absolutely.  That's what this poll tells us.  And that makes sense to me.  

    But if they make public that they are willing to compromise on revenue (even partially, such as raising taxes on incomes over $500,000 or $1 million), then the onus shifts to the President to compromise as well, I think.  

    Unlike most of the people at this site who want the Republicans to cave in while the President stands firm on no spending cuts (except maybe in defense), most of the people in this country expect both sides to compromise. And that's what the President pledged to do if elected -- to get the "grand bargain" that didn't happen in 2011.  So if he takes a "no compromise on my side" approach, the blame could shift to him.  

    That's why I said I think it's too early in the process to decide who would get the blame.  A lot of it depends on what positions the parties take.  

    •  and he will (0+ / 0-)

      but they won't

      it's kabuki theater and we finally have somebody who can play.

      i know it upsets all kinds of progressives but it's how the game has to be played.

      -You want to change the system, run for office.

      by Deep Texan on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 12:20:01 PM PST

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    •  Positions have already been taken. Boehner said (1+ / 0-)
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      NO to tax rate increases, period, even though the public has polled in favor of them.

      Obama said veto if no tax rate increases on $250k+

      We're now playing chicken, and the R's are in the weaker position.

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