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    Re: Boehner abandons goal of $4 trillion debt-reduction package

    Quote Originally Posted by The Prof View Post
    i take no view, i paste and link
    Tell us something we don't all know by now!
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    Re: Boehner abandons goal of $4 trillion debt-reduction package

    Quote Originally Posted by Objective Voice View Post
    From finebead's post #75:

    Towhich I will add, "The voices of the rich and powerful majority typically drowns out the voice of the impovished minority."
    I was addressing my poat to you and nowhere does it claim that Ronlad Reagan was responsible for class warfare.

    Perhaps you're unfamiliar with the meaning, avoiding a response or don't want to admit to your hyperbole.

    These unsupported charges by posters responding to their feelings rather than the facts can get overdone sometimes.

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    Re: Boehner abandons goal of $4 trillion debt-reduction package

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    I learned a long time ago Finebread is a bright fellow. I suspect he understands this all quite well. Just saying . . . .
    I'm sure he is a fine fellow.

    But he is not the subject of any debate.

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    Re: Boehner abandons goal of $4 trillion debt-reduction package

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    I'm not blaming Congressman Boehner. His move reflects the reality of the situation of irreconcilable differences. It's a move that would not have been necessary had the negotiating process been better-designed, namely had the White House set the ground rule that each side open with a position that it felt had realistic prospect of being acceptable to the other. Then, the tax revenue piece, among some others, would have been put aside from the onset and hard bargaining toward a deal would have been underway.
    Well, as someone that negotiates for a living, I'd have to say that you're dead wrong! No one negotiates from the middle, if they expect win, Don. That is of course, if the point of negotiating in the first place is to come out better off than your opponent. Some will say that the goal of negotiation is to come out better than when you went in, but in either scenario, both tangible, and intangibles accoutned for, I don't see how that can be accomplished with a mddle-out approach. The middle out approach, works when you go in with nothing, and come out with something, but both sides went in with something. Either way, becuase winners and losers will be all the media focuses on, and how elections are won, the middle-out approach is a political none starter as well. Meeting in the middle is one thing, but starting there is not a good tactic, IMO.


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    Re: Boehner abandons goal of $4 trillion debt-reduction package

    those in favor of reform, and the myths surrounding them:

    Top Democrats in charge of keeping the Senate in Dem hands and maintaining the political health of the party — DSCC chair Patty Murray and messaging chief Chuck Schumer — have privately expressed frustration that deep Medicare cuts risk squandering the major political advantage Democrats have built up on the issue, people familiar with internal discussions say.

    Senators Murray and Schumer, along with other Dems like Debbie Stabenow and Mark Begich, have warned against deep cuts in recent leadership meetings, a source familiar with the meetings says, another sign of the unrest that the possibility of serious entitlements cuts is creating among Congressional Democrats.

    The frustration on the Senate side is mirrored on the House side. Sam Stein reported on Friday that DCCC chair Steve Israel privately vented his frustration that serious Medicare cuts would hamper his ability to recruit good Dem candidates to challenge House GOP incumbents. And a number of Dem challengers have already launched their campaigns by alluding to the GOP’s unpopular Medicare plan, a reminder of just how central top Dem strategists want it to remain through 2012.
    Top Senate Dems privately warn: Deep Medicare cuts will squander our big advantage on issue - The Plum Line - The Washington Post

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    Re: Boehner abandons goal of $4 trillion debt-reduction package

    Quote Originally Posted by The Prof View Post
    yes, by all means, let's make deep medicare cuts and continue the tax breaks to the wealthy.

    Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:

    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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    Re: Boehner abandons goal of $4 trillion debt-reduction package

    Quote Originally Posted by finebead View Post
    Yes I do have an idea what these "tax loopholes" are, and the article calls them "tax loopholes", contrary to your asserstion that there are NO TAX LOOPHOLES, there are, and there have been since I've been alive, almost 60 years, and I am sure there were tax loopholes before that.
    Yes, I know the article says there are "tax loopholes", Finebead, and you have said there are "tax loopholes" but I'm asking you to get specific as to what these "tax loopholes" are. It seems to me you, and thousands of others, are repeating these two words as though they have some significance when in fact they really mean nothing. These two words are designed to make you feel that others aren't paying their fair share and are therefore deserving of your frustration and anger, just as was plain in your post.
    Maybe you'd like to explain why we should borrow money, increase the debt of the nation, and devalue the dollar to give the money to the oil companies that are making billions in profit every quarter. I don't know of ONE oil company that is losing money. They don't need a tax break, period.
    Perhaps tax breaks aren't necessary. I really don't know. But the point of our discussion was tax loopholes, not tax breaks.

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    Re: Boehner abandons goal of $4 trillion debt-reduction package

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    let's make deep medicare cuts and continue the tax breaks to the wealthy.
    can't right now

    but that's exactly what's gonna happen in about 2 weeks

    prepare

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    Re: Boehner abandons goal of $4 trillion debt-reduction package

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    I actually meant, how was it a good thing for the American people, but of course you are absolutely right about why the GOP is abandoning their deficit reduction efforts. It will be good for them politically and to hell with what's good for the country.
    Perhaps BHO should have mentioned his $4 trillion deficit reduction plan when he was in control of the house and senate for two years.

    Instead he seemed more interested in spending than reducing. And of course he never even had a budget!

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    Re: Boehner abandons goal of $4 trillion debt-reduction package

    governor andrew cuomo's philosophy:

    "we have the worst business tax climate in the nation, period, our taxes are 66% higher than the national average"

    "the costs of pensions are exploding... a 476% increase and its only getting worse"

    "the state of new york spends too much money, it is that blunt and it is that simple"

    "an unsustainable rate of growth and it has been for a long time"

    "not only do we spend too much, but we get too little in return"

    "the large government we have is all too often responsive to the special interests over the people"

    "new yorkers are voting with their feet, two million new yorkers have left the state over the past decade"

    "what does this say, it says we need radical reform, it says we need a new approach, we need a new perspective and we need it now"

    "this is a fundamental realignment for the state"

    "the old way wasn't working anyway, let's be honest"

    "we want a government that puts the people first and not the special interests first"

    "what made new york the empire state was a not a large government complex, it was a vibrant private sector that was creating great jobs"

    "and that's what's going to make us the empire state again"

    "at the heart of this state is business"

    "we have to relearn the lesson our founders knew and we have to put up a sign that says new york is open for business, we get it, and this is going to be a business friendly state"

    "we are going to have to confront the tax situation in our state, property taxes in this state are killing new yorkers, thirteen of the sixteen highest tax counties are in new york when assessed by home value"

    "westchester county has the highest property taxes in the united states, nassau county has the second highest"

    "it has to end, it has to end this year"

    "we have to hold the line on taxes for now and reduce taxes in the future, new york has no future as the tax capital of the nation, our young people will not stay, our business will not come"

    "put it simply, the people of this state simply cannot afford to pay any more taxes, period"

    "we have to start with an emergency financial plan to stabilize our finances, we need to hold the line and we need to institute a wage freeze in the state of new york, we need to hold the line on taxes, we need a state spending cap and we need to close this $10 billion gap without any borrowing"

    GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS | Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

    bear in mind, the governor is not just talking, he's already moved

    Cuomo budget: $10 billion deficit cut, no new taxes, layoffs likely

    and NEW YORKERS, of all audiences, are giving the gub standing O's

    Andrew Cuomo approval sky-high, new poll suggests - Jennifer Epstein - POLITICO.com

    in politics, we call that THE LAY OF THE LAND

    deal with it, obama must

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