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    I know Sen Conrad is not popular here at the Kos but I think it is fair to say that he is the kind of Democrat who business types tend to listen to (if they listen at all).  The attached clip is from a Friday Nov 16th appearance that Sen Conrad made on CNBC - I saw it real time and I was struck by three things:

    1) Republicans and the CNBC business class have insisted that revenue can be generated WITHOUT raising tax rates - Sen Conrad clearly walks through why the math doesn't work unless rates go up;

    2) Republicans and the CNBC class have insisted that there has been too much focus on revenue and that not enough focus has been on spending cuts - Sen Conrad slaps this down; and

    3) with Paul Ryan having been on the national stage, Ryan's arrival back in Congress would encourage some discussion of his budget ideas - again, slapped down by Conrad.  I thought that for a outlet like CNBC, Conrad's appearance was very strong in debunking some of the B.S. that CNBC spends a lot of time talking about.  Just my two...


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