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Campus Question – December 30, 2012

December 30, 2012

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Campus Question – December 30, 2012

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Today on Meet the Press President Obama explicitly rejected the frame that both parties are equally to blame for the ongoing budget negotiations, saying: “The only thing I would caution against, David, is, I think this notion of ‘well, both sides are just kind of unwilling to cooperate.’ And that’s just not true.” He said he will not let Congress balance the budget on the backs of seniors, and that he has already offered Republicans deals “so fair that a lot of Democrats get mad at me.” Has he protected hardworking families’ interests well in the ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations?

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  • addisnana

    I can’t answer the question until I see the final deal. I think earlier offers made in the spirit of a “big deal” or a “BFD” were one thing. To see some of those Presidential offers in a little deal would not be a good thing.

    I think this whole last minute thing reflects very poorly on Boehner and the Tea Party. Mitch McConnell is a better spinner than Boehner and this makes me nervous when I think about it.

    I’m just waiting to see what gets agreed upon and when.

    A deal has been reached on a milk to prevent an increase in milk prices. Is drinking milk good for the heartburn caused by the rest of this crapola?

    • NCrissieB

      I’m glad to see they finally broke through the stalemate on the Farm Bill. That gives me hope that Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell can work out a deal to extend the current tax rates and credits for working families, and the unemployment benefits for those still struggling to find jobs.

    • Jim W

      A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday afternoon that Republican leaders had not decided how they would proceed on the farm extension.

      I wish there was a deal.

  • NCrissieB

    It’s easy to criticize President Obama for concessions that were on the table at various points: Medicare eligibility age, Chained CPI, etc. If the only issue here were marginal tax rates, it would be easy: make no deal and dare the GOP to block tax cuts for 98% of Americans in early January. But as I’ve written many times, President Obama needs a deal to protect the working poor and those still struggling to find jobs. Many programs needed by families on the brink will expire on January 1st, and Republicans – who oppose those programs on ideological grounds – will have no more incentive to renew them next month than they do now.

    Sooner or later, that will require a deal that gets enough GOP votes to pass in the House to end a filibuster in the Senate. Republicans will demand concessions and – unless we want to cut loose the working poor and those struggling to find jobs – Democrats will have to give something.

    President Obama recognizes that, and I think he’s done a good job of trying to protect those who will get hurt first, and worst, if we go over the cliff.