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Hand in hand with this, and I suspect there's some collusion involved, the Obama administration has signaled it will not oppose an extension of the Bush era tax cuts.

You know, the ones that did nothing for our nation?


I've concluded that if Obama goes along with this not only is he not a liberal, he's not even a Democrat, and by winning in 2008 he successfully pulled off the biggest con job in American political history.

Jim 7

They can give me the Social security that I've paid for since 1983, or they can pay my room and board after I rob a bank. It's their call.
Want to join my gang?


Shorter---> we are so screwed.


I don't see this so much as a serious proposal as rather setting the agenda. From now on, there won't be any discussion about raising taxes on the rich; the only question is how much we'll lower them. There won't be any discussion about how to help the middle class and working class stay in their homes and stay afloat; it will be about how much they have to sacrifice to get the country moving again.

And the inevitable compromise will demonstrate once again why after Watergate, after Iran-Contra, after impeachment, after Katrina, after the financial debacle, after Obamamania, Democrats cannot neither hold onto a majority nor govern effectively when they have one.

Which is basically a longer way to say what Lee said in 4 words.


Actually, I'd raise taxes to pre-Reagan levels, with some more tax brackets at the top, among other things (I'll defer to the honorable experts on the details), but yeah. Spot on as usual. It's painful, but there are really no responsible adults in the Republican Party, not on the national level. That decline started seriously with Reagan, then Gingrich, Bush the Younger, that grifter Palin, Boehner...

Bill Altreuter

There are no liberal Democrats in Congress. Suggesting that this chimera might have a hand in scuttling reform is absurd.


You know, growing up in New York, it was one of the formative decisions of my political life that I was never going to vote for Nelson Rockefeller.

Now, between the primaries and the general, I've voted for two different Nelson Rockefellers*, and I ended up with the Nelson Rockefeller who still thinks the American Conservative Union will stop being mean to him if he lurches to the right a little harder.

Personally, I've decided to personalize the issue and blame David Axelrod, who gifted us with both of the new Nelsons. And go figure - he's decided that the reason things went all pearshaped is that the White House didn't compromise cravenly enough with House Republicans. Because people facing homelessness who don't know how to feed their children are on the barricades agitating for John Boehner's amour propre.

*This may not be fair to Nelson 1, who, unlike his political stepchildren, was unambiguously pro-choice.

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