There I said it. If that is new news to anyone in a political debate site I have to admit to being shocked.
I am also not surprised that a NY Times reporter said that this was the last stumbling block to a negotiation, when I thought all along it was a bargaining chip. Not sure if you have ever been in a high stakes negotiation. It is not unusual to go into it with points you know the other side will hate and you are happy to trade for something you really want.
Start from the beginning of this budget fight. Republicans originally wanted to pass something like a $33 billion cut. The extreme wing wanted more so $61 billion was passed in HR1. The final agreement comes to something like $38 billion.
So anyone who has passed negotiation 101 would probably conclude that there was a lot of smoke but one side got more than they had hoped for. Usually considered a win in any negotiation.
When I came out of a negotiation with a conclusion similar to the facts above, we would break out the fine wine and cigars!
the big picture fallout from this deal is the new austerity agenda which the president himself is now racing to embrace
White House: Obama to lay out spending plan - Yahoo! Finance
from albany to sacramento (and from athens to brussels, as well), there's no stopping it---the austerity agenda
ie, nothing you can do
and the pp piece rather revealed the democrats' heart as much as it did mike pence's
an important part of the progressive pulse, apparently, is planned parenthood
cuz a QUARTER BILLION per year aint chimp change, y'know
seeya on the floor
in other words, washington dc is starting to catch up to andrew cuomo and jerry moonbeam brown
enjoy your weekend, sundays are precious
Ask the people of ireland and Portugal in a couple of years if they wish they put their fiscal house in order before the world made them.