Robert Ariail for December 02, 2012

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    Dtroutma  over 10 years ago

    Budget cuts for tax increases were offered a long time ago by the administration and Democrats the 10/1 offer, and roundly rejected by Boehner, Cantor, and McConnell.

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    braindead Premium Member over 10 years ago

    Republicans won’t propose spending cuts. They want someone else to take that responsibility. -Repubicans ‘promise’ to raise taxes? Grover Norquist has had NO pledges broken yet.-

    Some Republicans have claimed that they might ‘for the good of the country’, but the bill to preserve tax cuts for the middle class, passed by the Senate, is being held up by Boehner for ‘leverage’. Leverage for what? Why to hold tax cuts for the middle class hostage for tax cuts for the rich.

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    Michael Peterson Premium Member over 10 years ago

    He’s already cut spending significantly. You’ve got the characters reversed on this one.

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    SwimsWithSharks  over 10 years ago

    Start another war, GOP. That kind of spending doesn’t count, does it.

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    Chillbilly  over 10 years ago

    The law was designed to expire, although nobody thought that congress could be so dysfunctional as to actually let it happen. This completely plays against the GOP game of holding up laws that need to be passed. They are now forced to have to pass a law or take the blame for the biggest tax “increase” in a generation. The sweet irony.

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    Mickey 13  over 10 years ago

    How exciting a new word. The urban dictionary defines “derpy:”“Clumsy or uncoordinated; prone to cause accidents likely due to some, often humourous, mental lapse.”

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    cogitatingduck  over 10 years ago

    Whoever thinks this administration has made significant spending cuts isn’t looking at the big picture

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    Dtroutma  over 10 years ago

    Cutting waste to insurance companies in Medicare and cracking down on fraud: on Obama proposal to cut “spending”. Cutting “defense” projects the Pentagon doesn’t even want! Another few hundred billion, at LEAST, that Obama has proposed, that Republicans, and yes, Dems too, fight tooth and nail. Yes, Obama HAS proposed many cuts, that wouldn’t harm the middle class, but put the pinch on the wealthy, and grafters, can’t have that!

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    Marty Z  over 10 years ago

    ansonia, this was an excellent comment. Thank you for making the effort. I respect facts and critical analysis. You and I are on opposite sides of the political bell curve, but we are both close to the center. That said, I believe the Federal gov’t needs to stimulate growth during a recession and pay back the debt during prosperous and “normal” times, so that we have the ability to get through the next recession. It also needs to pay for wars. The Bush tax cuts should have never been signed into law. We should have demanded reciprocal import/export duties with China 20+ years ago. Glass-Steagal should not have been repealed. Health insurance should not have been tied to employment. So now we have a big mess to clean up and it won’t be inexpensive to do so. Let’s hope that the extremists in both parties turn down the volume so that those in the center can make some painful choices.

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    pam Miner  over 10 years ago

    they have that backwards. Lucy would be the GOP. Who talked compromise for 2 days and now act like they have never heard what Obama said in the last 2-4 years.

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