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I hear all the talking heads saying Pres. Obama has to meet the Repubilicans half way on the budget. I say the President really does not need do anything. The last time we hit a serious cliff and the repubilicans refused to do a deal the dow hit 6000. trillions of dollar of wealth were lost in open trading. Then wallstreet put pressure on repubilicans to do a deal. wallstreet and corporations stand to lose more money without a deal. President Obama is holding a full house this time. He should call thier all in.  

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  •  I agree - let all the Tax Cuts Expire (0+ / 0-)

    Once the Teabaggers realize they have no bargaining power on this issue - we'll return to the Rich and Corporations paying their fair share.

    As per the Child Tax Credit - grandfather existing kids in with the $1,000 credit but any kids born in 2014 and after get zero child tax credit.  If you need a $1,000 tax credit for you children you should not have childeren period because you cannot afford them.

  •  The cliff metaphor is wrong. It is a (2+ / 0-)
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    luckylizard, FloridaSNMOM

    building metaphor, and it works like this: the Republicans are the demented man who is standing on a narrow, tenth-floor ledge and is threatening to jump unless God reverses the path of the sun. President Obama is the cop who has just arrived on scene and is trying to talk the demented man back in the window. People in the building are also pleading with the man to come back inside, and crowds on the street below are craning their necks upward, begging the man to go back inside. Television crews are sending the gripping images all over the nation and Americans have stopped their daily tasks to watch.

     Obama notices that there are nine ropes tied to the jumper's leg, and they stretch over the ledge and go downward. Just then Obama gets a radio message: the jumper has tied each rope to an explosive device on each floor, and, as he falls he will set off each bomb which will quickly demolish the building, killing everyone inside and many on the street below.

    Then the jumper, in his demented state, comes closer to Obama. Suddenly, he is within Obama's reach. Should the President grab the man and pull him inside or should he just try to talk him down?

    Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

    by hestal on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:13:25 AM PST

  •  As I see it.... (2+ / 0-)
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    luckylizard, FloridaSNMOM

    Republicans take look as if they care - by coming together with the President to extend some of the so-called Bush tax cuts for the middle-class.....or they can allow the cuts to expire and be seen as obstructionists (even if they eventually deal).

    This is the 'kumbaya' moment for the GOP.

    For better or worse, I'm not sure Speaker Boehner can get his caucus to agree to compromise....but moderates might not be so stupid.

    I'm selling stocks and making popcorn.

    •  More of a (0+ / 0-)

      come to Jesus than a kumbaya.  They will never make nice, but they might just see sense.  Maybe.  Or not.

      -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

      by luckylizard on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:59:25 AM PST

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  •  No lame duck capitulation. No 'grand bargain'. (1+ / 0-)
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    Time to let the pigeons come home to roost. The Republicans negotiated the asinine 'sequester' and the 'fiscal cliff' in an attempt to leave a time bomb baked into the budget cake, so they could take hostages again.

    But Obama should absolutely refuse to deal. Let the tax cuts for the wealthy expire. Let the Pentagon take a huge hit. The deficit will nosedive without requiring a single Congressional vote.

    And in January, make the Republican lunatics vote upperdown on a straight middle class tax cut. Make 'em vote upperdown on popular programs like road construction and farm bills. Make them kiss the pavement over and over and over until the 2014 election.

  •  It's time for the magical Grand Bargain (0+ / 0-)

    It's going to be fun watching the bipartisanship™ at work.

    Progressive Candidate Obama (now - Nov 6, 2012)
    Bipartisan Obama returns (Nov 7, 2012)

    by The Dead Man on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:46:25 AM PST

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