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  • Anonymous

    Here are two basic truths about the pathetic Fiscal Cliff stand-off in Congress: A) the US debt crisis can be effectively managed by means of judicious spending cuts and revenue increases and B) putting the country at risk over a man-made crisis is grossly irresponsible. The Cliff crisis is artificial because it is a club carved by Congress to beat all factions into accepting a compromise solution. Furthermore, the Bush-era tax cuts at the center of the debate were to be temporary, as originally claimed by the GOP, which now would have us believe they are carved in granite. Republicans need to accept that they lost the election and move from obstinate to loyal opposition. The difference is in knowing how to compromise.

    • Nice summary. I want to see some leadership from both the President and Congress. It’s their job..that’s why we pay them fat salaries and benefits. Not just to blow hot air and placate their partisan base.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, but you cannot rely too much on what Republicans say. Just today, Mitch McConnell agreed on one thing (agreed to go along with Boehner,etc.) but later in the day, he reversed and said “no.” Hardly reliable people you could trust.

    • Anonymous

      There is no debt crisis. The debt is a problem to be sure, but the GOP has used the economic slump and resulting debt as a foil to barter the ending Bush tax cuts for huge cuts to social programs. The fact that the President will probably sign on as part of his legacy of Grand Bargaining doesn’t make it sound policy. There are other ways to “fix entitlements” that do not involve the partial dismantling of these programs. “Fixing” Medicare by excluding more elderly from the program is hardly a reasonable solution when the effects of the ACA are only a few years away and are yet to be known. Raising the income cap on SS fixes any funding issues that program may experience in coming decades. Lowering the nearly 8% unemployment rate would do more to fix the debt than cutting services for the poor, old, and sick in the midst of the worst economy since the ’30’s. But the election is over, so we won’t be hearing about the unemployment rate anytime soon. Obama seems destined to govern like a Rockefeller Republican and be labelled a commie for his troubles by the goofballs that now control the GOP.

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