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  •  That may be true (3+ / 0-)
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    but here is what CNN is telling the public:

    Washington (CNN) -- Negotiations on a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff got a jump-start on Monday with House Republicans offering a counter-proposal to President Barack Obama, but continuing to reject his call for higher tax rates on the wealthy.
    The GOP proposal would result in $2.2 trillion in deficit savings over the next decade, including $800 billion from tax reform, $600 billion from Medicare reforms and other health savings, and $600 billion in other spending cuts, House GOP leadership aides told reporters.
    So the MSM spin is that indeed the House Repubs are coming back with a plan that has details in it. Crap details, of course, but details nevertheless, although 800 + 600 + 600 = 2000 not 2200. So where is the other $200 billion coming from. Maybe some more details are in order.

    For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

    by Anne Elk on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 03:58:55 PM PST

    •  And where are the spending cuts coming from? (1+ / 0-)
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      eps62

      No details from the Republicans.  They know this will go nowhere.

      They up your eligibility date for Medicare and Social Security.  They say they are cutting tax benefits?  Where?  Getting rid of the mortgage deduction? Capping your deduction limit?

      Smoke and mirrors.

      Mitt Romney's moral compass points to the Cayman Islands.

      by captainlaser on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 04:02:25 PM PST

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      •  Smoke and mirrors work surprisingly (1+ / 0-)
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        well with a gullible audience sometimes. I guess we have to see whether the public is that gullible.

        For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

        by Anne Elk on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 05:01:46 PM PST

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