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  •  Thanks VClib. I feel like I'm out on a limb using (7+ / 0-)

    my own rather limited live transcribing skills rather than a trascript, but even now 20 minutes after the speech, it seems this report is the the best one I can find.  Fox, AP, Reuters, all have one line reports with at most a sentence or sentence fragment saying "a deal is in sight" but we're "not done yet."

    So, I guess for the half a dozen folks online here now that want hot-of-the-tubz reporting, I have my 15 minutes of glory.

    I already have been reading every article that comes up on google most of the morning, so my mind is tune up for the details.

    Prior to the President's speech, I was discouraged that the revenues were only $600 billion and major liberals like Senator Harkin were saying its a bad deal, but I'm more upbeat after our President's speech.

    His list of unemployment benefits, child credits, energy credits, tuition credit extensions is very good, and most importantly is makes clear this not his last word on revenues, that he is going to try at least, to get more in tax reform.  

    If we can great, but I don't see what leverage we have over the GOP which is dead set against it, and salivating over the opportunity to rake us over the coals in the debt-ceiling talks.

    So, we have to still wait.  

    It's sad however that the it looks as if the tax revenue we will get appears now to be a lot closer to the Bush model than the Clinton model, but we will see.

    Thanks for the encouraging comment.  I always get a sick feeling, when I go out on a limb like this.

    It is greatly encouraging to know someone as credible as yourself appreciate it.

    Thanks again.  Please help me digest all this in the comments so we can figure out what we should be thinking and feeling about this.  It's hard to know sometimes in the moment.

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 11:22:06 AM PST

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    •  ditto what vclib said. (6+ / 0-)

      Your diaries on this stuff have been fantastic.  

      •  Thanks Johnny. I feel less lonely already. It's (5+ / 0-)

        a different feeling have every thought that pops into my head real time exposed.  While another part of my brain is in a whirlpool of questions like 'should I be pleased, supportive, indignant, outraged, encouraging people to call into to support, or demanding boycotts?"

        It is a lot more relaxed reporting to what for the transcript, see what pundits are saying, getting the big picture and making decisive pronouncement as if I totally understand what's going on.  

        But, there is also sort of a thrill of being right on the edge, 20 minutes ahead of all the other news outlets, and watching famous news people getting paid big bucks, reading obsolete lines others have written, after we know what has happened.

        But, I have to go get a transcript, before I fall off a cliff of my own making by saying something stupid or wrong.

        Thanks for supporting "cliff dancing on the edge."  

        The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

        by HoundDog on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 11:40:18 AM PST

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