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  •  The GOP is really powerless to stop the first (5+ / 0-)

    round from happening, unless they want full blame for raising taxes on the middle class, and for instituting a regime of damaging cuts to defense and discretionary-funded programs alike.
       Part 2 is not so automatic, but the Democrats should accept no further cuts to domestic programs without ample revenue increases.
        Compromise is just what it says, and increased taxes on the uber-wealthy is a lot more popular with the People than anything the Republicans want.
        A two-to-one ratio of cuts to revenues is more than fair, and ought to be a bottom-line position, meaning we really ought to be starting with a one-for-one proposal.
       If no agreement can be achieved over time, this would be an excellent issue to take to the Electorate in 2014.

       The 2012 verdict has already been rendered (in our favor).

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 05:08:13 PM PST

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    •  Tipped! Except... (4+ / 0-)
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      there should be NO cuts, except to the military budget.

      "There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end they always fail. Always." -Gandhi

      by Grandma Susie on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 05:38:23 PM PST

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      •  There are some non-defense cuts that would (1+ / 0-)
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        be OK. Like the billions we pay the Oil Companies. And the billions we put into the failed War on Drugs every year. And all the tomfoolery at airports with the scanners and the molesters and all (does anyone think that a plane will be successfully hijacked ever again? When faced with the likelihood that these hijackers aren't planning on landing safely, passengers on the plane will take care of the problem as has happened every time it's been attempted after 9?11).

        If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

        by CwV on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 06:58:12 AM PST

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        •  More government waste - agri-business hand-outs, (0+ / 0-)

          ethanol mandates, the domestic spying industry. Another objective should be to make the red states pay their fair share and reduce their dependence on the federal government (snark).

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