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While progressives everywhere are starting a new day filled with joy at the results of last night's election...Obama re-elected, progressive initiatives passed, strong Senate results, some incremental growth in House seats....it is already becoming clear that the GOP, despite its losses, is not about to budge.  We are very likely going to see more of the intransigence and hardball which has marked all of Obama's first term, and with it, insistence that the economic approach the voters rejected...tax cuts for the rich and massive cuts in spending, are the only thing the GOP will accept.

More below the orange thingamajiggy...

For starters, we have John Boehner, likely holding his post as House Majority Leader unless unseated by some unforseen coup, telling the press this morning that because the GOP held on to control of the House, it is a mandate for no new tax increases.  (Much as Bush won a second term and insisted it gave him the mandate for a Surge in Iraq.)

Next, we have Pat Toomey, R. Senator from PA a founder of the Club for Growth, and a hard right fiscal conservative, appearing at noontime on CNBC.

Of course the CNBC hosts, who have been some of the biggest backers of Bowles Simpson and sequestration, asked Toomey whether - if Democrats would agree to the spending cuts called for - he and Republicans would agree to some additional revenues through tax increases to help produce a solution.

"Well," he said (and I am paraphrasing here), "I believe that we should not increase taxes at all.  Instead we should cut wasteful spending, although I think the cuts proposed for the Defense Department under sequestration are too big and will need to be reduced.  But, I think the rates for taxes should remain the same, and maybe we need to do some work on broadening the base (in other words eliminating some loopholes) to make it revenue neutral."

Does this sound familiar?  It should.  It is essentially the Romney Ryan budget plan...the plan the American electorate just rejected.  But the GOP never gives up and no amount of evidence, whether it is a decade of trying this scheme and a resulting fiscal disaster, or the September 14, 2012 Congressional Research Service study which found that the plan doesn't work any way you slice it (a study the Republicans immediately and unsuccessfully tried to remove from public scrutiny and claimed was biased and flawed) will deter them from insisting that the ONLY answer is no tax increases, tax cuts for the wealthy and of course, economic euphoria.

So, let us all enjoy our brief moment of joy here, but it already seems clear that the GOP is going to dig in its heels in both houses.  Under such circumstances, I would argue that the Obama administration is going to need to spotlight target the obstructionists and drive for filibuster reform in the Senate and do all it can to make it clear to the public that the Republicans lost but are trying again to act like they won.

Then in 2014, Obama needs to do what he should have a done a lot more of this election.....go out on the campaign trail and tell voters how much he needs House and Senate members ready to work together and compromise to help resolve our fiscal problems.  

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    Free markets would be a great idea, if markets were actually free.

    by dweb8231 on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 11:15:37 AM PST

  •  Romney would have won, but ... (4+ / 0-)

    ... he wasn't conservative enough. ™

    "The Obama Administration has been an unmitigated disaster" - Osama Bin Laden

    by Explorer8939 on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 11:20:05 AM PST

    •  Totally. If he'd just been a bigger prick (2+ / 0-)
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      cany, Torta

      he could've won lots more Latino and African American votes. Not to mention the young peoples. They love entitled, crooked, rich, white, lying ass, condescending farts.

      I know I do.

      I voted for the human beings.

      by denig on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 11:34:10 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Oh please oh please, let it be Poll Option #3. (3+ / 0-)
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    ontheleftcoast, rapala, Vatexia

    People are sick of the obstructionism.  As "mixed" as Obama's approval rating is, no entity in our government is rated as low as Congress -- specifically Republicans in Congress.  At one point I think their approval rating was in the teens!

  •  I'm optimistic that Obama will use his victory (2+ / 0-)
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    SBandini, rapala

    to pummel the Republicans. At least in the short term. And for those nay-sayers remember he came in to the job in '09 and got some tough shit done and done quickly. He will feel revitalized after this win. The question is how long will that "second wind" last? And maybe "how far can we push him?"

    Attention rich bastards, this is real important,
    I thought you might want to know
    That $5,000 suits don't hide your 5¢ souls.

    by ontheleftcoast on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 11:21:48 AM PST

    •  Me too - in Term 1 he always had Term 2 to worry (0+ / 0-)

      about.  Had to govern with that in mind -- he talked a lot about being willing to be a one-term prez but I saw every indicator that he was hungry for a 2nd term.  hence some of the compromises and carefulness.

      It will be interesting to see what President Obama does in his 2nd term -- this is the time when two-term presidents have the opportunity, at last, to fully consider what they want to be their American legacy.  

  •  Obama and Dem senate have the upper hand... (2+ / 0-)
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    ontheleftcoast, coloradocomet

    I truly think they should let the budget sequestration kick in.
    Then bargain for the middle class tax cuts and maybe in a nod to compromise restore some of the military spending. Wall St will freak but at least the Bush tax cuts expire on the 1%ers.
    How long will the Republicans hold out?

    Politics is like driving.... (D) forward, (R) reverse.

    by Tribecastan on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 11:29:11 AM PST

  •  this is what worries me (0+ / 0-)

    If we dont have filibuster reform, we're looking at at replay of '10-12. same shit, for the next two years. Dems have to do something different. They will not budge and never will. WE have to force their hand.

  •  You left out choice 5 (0+ / 0-)

    The GOP refuses to participate so the Bush tax cuts expire, the GOP has to vote against a continuation of the tax cuts for the middle class (thereby being 100% responsible for a huge tax increase on the middle class), and the GOP loses the House in 2014, thereby saving America for the good guys.

    Maybe this is essentially choice 3, but my point is that a complete expiration of the Bush tax cuts wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.

  •  And do something about the filibuster, Harry! (1+ / 0-)
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    Russgirl

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 11:43:42 AM PST

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