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Here's a Google Trends chart for the term 'fiscal cliff' over the last several days:

My my--suddenly on the day after this historic election where Democratic Hope triumphed over the Republican drumbeat of Apocalypse,  the Most Important Issue Ever is that the President is on the verge of driving us over a "fiscal cliff." Pass it on.

This is nothing more than the defeated Republican Party and its media allies trying to retain control of the narrative, with the usual apocalyptic framing.


How should we approach the fiscal cliff?

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  •  It's a manufactured crisis... (4+ / 0-)
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    JTinDC, radarlady, Twoflower, jazzence

    Everyone and everything pushing us to make a deal RIGHT NOW BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR is motivated by plutocratic greed.

    Wait 2 months and democrats determine the details of any deal.

    Why are we rushing?
    Why are democrats using right-wing framing?
    Why not wait?

  •  Let's correct the narrative - it's NOT a cliff (1+ / 0-)
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    Steve Kornacki and Chris Hayes are trying to get the MSNBC folks to set the record straight on this. Calling it a cliff, when in reality it is a gentle downward slope, actually hurts us and will deny us the results we desire.

    Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

    by JTinDC on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 03:24:07 AM PST

  •  No negotiation this year. Let the tax cuts expire (1+ / 0-)
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    It is time for leadership.

    And balls.

    Beat the republicans like a rented mule.

  •  The President and the Democrats hold ALL the cards (0+ / 0-)

    here. If they cave and cut any deal other than one that preserves social programs as they are, raises taxes to the Clintonera rates on $250k+, and implements something similar to Obama's proposed budget.

    Otherwise, I'm all for "going off the cliff" where we will have even more leverage than they have now. Let the Republicans feel the political pain of big defense cuts and unshackle them of their ridiculous "pledge" to the man named Grover.

    Yes, some in the defense industry could experience a brief layoff, but no lower income taxpayer would have to worry about paying higher taxes unless there was no deal until the end of the year.

    In reality, the Republicans were thoroughly rejected in the Senate and the White House, and they lost seats in the house. Without the gerrymander, they would have lost the house. They and their ideas were rejected by the American people and I hope that the White House and Senate Dems understand that.

  •  It's simple (to say) (0+ / 0-)

    but politically difficult to implement, what with the TV and print media acting as shills for the GOP. We should let the Bush tax cuts expire, and I mean ALL of them. The poor will pay less, the rich more. Bring all the troops home from Afghanistan in 2013, not 2014 Remove the income cap on Social Security taxes. With the continuing improvement in the economy, the deficit, then the debt, will decrease. Once Obamacare kicks in, medical expenses will decrease, and Medicare will be put on a sounder footing Those who already have 500-1000 times what someone needs to live will find their income reduced to 400-800 times what they need, but, so what? They'll still live better than 98% of the rest of the planet.


  •  Just saw a moment ago the President is (1+ / 0-)
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    going to address the fiscal "cliff" today. No details as to when.

    Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

    by JTinDC on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 03:28:32 AM PST

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