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  •  Easy...Dems negotiating to lose. (1+ / 0-)
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    Senor Frog

    I think that is the answer to your question as to why the democrats are even bothering with negotiations at this point when they can just pass their own bill with tax cuts for middle class families.

    I think there is a large chunk of Democrats, including the president, that WANT to make cuts to medicare and social security.  But they can't just come out and do that so they need to make it look like they are only doing it to get a deal with republicans.  Of course, when they presented that deal, Republicans still said "hell no".  

    I have no doubt that when all is said and done, there will be cuts to social security and medicare.  But the Democrats need to see concessions from Republicans to push the plan forward and they aren't getting it because the Republicans want 100% their way or nothing and they don't care what happens to the people in the mean time.

    In the end, maybe polls are right and the general public will blame republicans if things go bad after the "fiscal cliff".  But ultimately, neither side seems interested in doing what is necessary to get the country back on track.  Republicans only care about themselves and their mega-rich, mega-white backers and too many Democrats are right-leaning and want to appear moderate and therefore just pass REpublican ideas thinking that is what "moderate" means.

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