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I just heard Republican Representative Tom Cole from Oklahoma talking with glee on NPR about how the Republicans in the house will vote overwhelmingly for this deal.  Why?  President Obama took taxes off the table for the far more important negotiations over the debt ceiling.

It isn't what's in this deal that's so important, although I would have preferred far more revenue, it's the negotiating power the President has given up for the debt ceiling talks.  

We all know the Republican party is completely owned and funded by a few Oligarchs that want to dismantle the government so they can pillage and rampage unchecked across the country.  The things they hate worst are taxes, and government regulations.

The President had a huge amount of negotiating power as long as he had the automatic tax increases to hold over the heads of the Republicans.  And the Republicans knew they had the automatic spending cuts that would gut very needed government services  to hold over the heads of the Democrats.

The President has given away the thing the Republicans feared most.  And now when we head into the far more important negotiations over the debt ceiling, the Republicans will beg to go over the cliff so the automatic spending cuts happen, while the Dems will have nothing to stop them with.

Tom Cole recognizes this victory over the President, and wasn't afraid to brag about it on national radio.

When the Democratic base see's how bad the deal over the debt ceiling will be, since the President now has a weak negotiating position, it will demoralize them and we could very well have a replay of 2010 in 2014.

We should be on the phones to our Dem reps in the house and tell them to reject this deal!  This poor deal, sets up the next deal over the debt limit, to be a complete disaster for the progressive movement.

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Comment Preferences

  •  No, didn't you hear what the President said? (3+ / 0-)
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    Iberian, not4morewars, hotdamn

    He wants 1 to 1 for future deficit talks.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 06:48:51 AM PST

    •  And I wanted peace on earth for X-mas (3+ / 0-)
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      DrTerwilliker, lunachickie, drsampson

      I didn't get it, and the president just blew his chance to get what he wants in the debt ceiling negotiations.

      If the Republicans do nothing, they get huge cuts in spending, no matter what the President says he wants.

      •  you ignore something important (2+ / 0-)
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        Thomas Twinnings, gramofsam1

        the automatic cuts are still on the table, and that includes defense spending, which means the president still has the possibility of leveraging defense contractors in the future negotiations

        Joe Biden is not the person I would have had doing the negotiations, not unless he were being staffed by Jared Bernstein, who is no longer on his team.

        Cole may think Republicans will jump for it, but it is not yet clear to me that Boehner has the 118 Republican votes necessary to abide by the Hastert rule, and it is also not yet clear what the Progressive Caucus will do -  this is still not a done deal.

        "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

        by teacherken on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 07:06:34 AM PST

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        •  The defense cuts are a chip for Republicans (0+ / 0-)

          The Republicans may not like the defense cuts, but they would love to dial up the terrorists are coming meter and run against the Dems for cutting our security.  In fact, that's what they usually do, but couldn't do in this past election.  The Dems would simply be giving back to the Repugs an issue they had lost.

          Defense cuts for the Repugs isn't nearly as important as raising taxes.  The Dems are afraid of those cuts as much as the Repugs and will easily fold.

  •  Yeah (0+ / 0-)

    That's what he wishes for but it aint going to be like that and of course it will all about revenues not taxes. It is all going to be about matching the cuts with what the Rs were asking here before reducing deductions and so on.

  •  Elect a Republican (0+ / 0-)

    and they will declare a mandate.

    Elect a Democrat and they will give away their power as quickly as possible. Obama is a prime example.

  •  Since when do we believe Republicans? (0+ / 0-)

    You've been spun. Unfortunately, he was trying to spin his base.

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