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  •  Why missing out on Grand Bargain was very bad (0+ / 0-)

    This constant kicking of the can is not good.  I would have taken a not ideal "Grand Bargain" in 2011.

    What this means is that this Congress and Obama will forever be stuck on deficit, deficit, deficit.

    When do we move on to immigration, guns, climate control, education reform and infrastructure spending?

    Oh, we don't, because of "deficit, deficit, deficit".

    This is why I think a deal should be done NOW and so that Obama can move on to other critical issues.

    •  That is the GOP plan - stall Dem agenda for 4 more (2+ / 0-)
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      JML9999, Timothy J

      years.  

      The NRA is the Gun Manufacturer Lobby. Nothing more. Their pontification about the second amendment is nothing more than their ad jingle. They're the domestic version of the Military Industrial Complex.

      by Jacoby Jonze on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 10:16:42 AM PST

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    •  Those are not separate issues (1+ / 0-)
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      Mr Robert

      You are disappointed that so much time is spent on the deficit, and not on things like infrastructure spending. The Republicans are focused on a grand deficit bargain because they know if they lock in low spending and low revenues, we can never take any action on infrastructure, because there will be no money.  

      A grand bargain deal is a win for Republican policy on many, many issues.  They just disguise it as caring about the budget.  It was either negligence, recklessness, or plain conspiracy to ever engage in a debate on the debt on the Republican's terms.  

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