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  •  I think Reich highlights a real problem (7+ / 0-)
    In 2010 he agreed to extend all of the Bush tax cuts through the end of 2012. Were they satisfied? Of course not. ......In response, the President offered an overly-generous $4 trillion “Grand Bargain,” including cuts in Social Security and Medicare and whopping cuts in domestic spending (bringing it to its lowest level as a share of gross domestic product in over half a century)......
    When they demanded more, Obama agreed to a Super Committee to find bigger cuts, and if the Super Committee failed, a “sequester” that would automatically and indiscriminately slice everything in the federal budget except Social Security and Medicare.......
    By the end of 2012, they insisted that the Bush tax cuts be permanently extended or the nation would go over the “fiscal cliff.” Once again, Obama caved, agreeing to permanently extend the Bush tax cuts for incomes up to $400,000.........
     Obama offered more cuts in Medicare and a “chained CPI” to reduce Social Security payments, in exchange for Republican concessions on taxes......
    Do you see a consistent theme running through  here that might lead the Republicans to believe they could get Obama to back down again?
    Mr Nice Guy meets Law of Unintended Consequences, again

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 06:14:35 AM PDT

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