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  •  Repeat after me: (4+ / 0-)

    The GOP will NEVER agree to additional revenue.  Period.  Full Stop.

    Obama can offer to scrap Obamacare in exchange for tax increases on the wealthy.  As much as the GOP would LOVE to take an axe to Obamacare, they will walk away from such a deal.

    Any time you hear any of the thugs talking about revenue, it is ALWAYS in the context of net neutral.  They want to "broaden" the base (increase taxes on low wage earners) and bring down TOP tax rates (decrease taxes on high earners).  When all is said and done, they will live --and die -- by the Norquist pledge.

    Take it to the bank...  

    •  then how did the Bush tax cuts for (3+ / 0-)
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      PhilJD, apimomfan2, joanneleon

      the wealthy expire?

    •  I believe the same, but... (1+ / 0-)
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      PhilJD

      Even if it will never, ever be carried out, it is just plain embarrassing and offensive to have these cuts still being proposed by a Democrat.

      What I wish more of our leaders would realize is that advocating social democratic solutions to problems is good politics. The American public is a lot more liberal than politicians realize when they sit down and think about things. The problem is our national discourse is heavily conservatively charged. People absentmindedly use conservative terminology and rhetoric . "Illegals" is a good example. "Obamacare" is an even better one. It started out as a contemptuous term bandied about by Republicans. Then Democrats started to just accept it and now it's just what we call the thing. But there's so much vitriol still attached to the name that the public will constantly claim they dislike "Obamacare" even as they express support for the ideas which comprise it. Bill Maher likened this to someone saying they hated pizza, but they loved tomato sauce, dough, and cheese.

      Sorry for rambling a bit.

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