"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
The Democrats definitely have the upper hand in any negotiations over the fiscal cliff. The spending cuts are a brute instrument and certainly not the best way to enact them, but they hit Republican priorities a lot more than they hit Democratic priorities...they're largely aimed at the defense budget, and they completely exempt the three largest entitlements (social security, Medicare, Medicaid). Additionally, the tax increases will hit everyone, and supposedly the two parties agree that they don't want to hit the middle-class with tax hikes.
The reason that Obama can credibly threaten this veto is because inaction won't hurt the Democrats nearly as bad (from a policy perspective) as it will hurt the Republicans.
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It may not make it to his desk, this is the third bill the house gop has put in to extend the bush tax cuts its never made it past the senate yet.
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