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  •  You need to understand how negotiations work. (1+ / 0-)
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    musiccitymollie

    Basically, each side has goals they wish to achieve and trade concessions in order to achieve their goals.

    Look a little more carefully at that document and try to understand it in the context of negotiations:

    Social Security is off the table.
    Medicare is scarcely touched.
    In fact, things like Medicaid, housing assistance, lots of stuff directly related to caring for the needy are untouched.

    Non-defense programs are cut by a smaller amount than defense programs.

    In other words, after the sequester, Democrats have a stronger hand than Republicans. They can offer very generous concessions fro defense programs in exchange for maintaining or even increasing current non-defense programs.

    Seriously, Republicans are badly screwed by sequester if Democrats will simply have the courage and intelligence to play their hand properly.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 02:20:38 PM PST

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    •  Hey, I appreciate your response, but I give up (0+ / 0-)

      trying to explain what I'm saying.

      As as far as "understanding how negotiations work"--I understand quite well.  

      As I've mentioned to coffeetalk, I have over 20 years with the DOD, and budgeting was a part of my duties as the Administrator over the entire branch of Army Community Services.  I believe that I understand very well what is going on, and why.

      I believe that you view this process not from the budgetary standpoint (as I do), but from a political strategic or tactical standpoint.  And I believe that's why we aren't communicating effectively, LOL!

      But, that okay.  As I've said, we can just "agree to disagree."

      I actually hope you're right.  But I am convinced that most of the Bowles-Simpson recommendations will be implemented, including the several recommendations to cut Social Security.

      If I am wrong, and if this has not happened by the end of the President's second term, I'll be more than happy "to eat crow."  And I'll even find you! :-)

      Mollie

      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

      "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

      by musiccitymollie on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 02:52:52 PM PST

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      •  I hope I'm right, too. (1+ / 0-)
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        This is the best chance we've had in years to actually put a dent in defense spending, which, as you know, is very well protected by a web of interlocking contracts that give every person in Congress a vested interest in, at the very least, preserving it.

        But you're right, too.  Nothing guarantees that the hand will be played properly.  It will take a little bit of courage and a little bit of skill.  Makes me long for Bill Clinton, frankly.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 04:36:50 PM PST

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