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1 Bob Dillon  Sun, Sep 9, 2012 11:31:26am

"The long-term deficit crisis had not been solved, but merely put off, leaving the United States at the edge of the fiscal cliff, where it remains today."

2 blueraven  Sun, Sep 9, 2012 12:17:15pm

re: #1 Bob Dillon

"The long-term deficit crisis had not been solved, but merely put off, leaving the United States at the edge of the fiscal cliff, where it remains today."

Yes, and that is the fault of both parties, but a lot more republican obstructionist and failure to compromise.
The two part deal, trying to have this debate again in the middle of a presidential election was insane. Sorry, but Reid and Pelosi should have never agreed to that deal.

3 andres  Sun, Sep 9, 2012 12:40:57pm

re: #2 blueraven

Yes, and that is the fault of both parties, but a lot more republican obstructionist and failure to compromise.
The two part deal, trying to have this debate again in the middle of a presidential election was insane. Sorry, but Reid and Pelosi should have never agreed to that deal.

They were trying to be as practical as they could be in this situation. Nothing wrong with that when the other side is open to actual compromise. Thankfully Obama was able to call the Republicans on their nonsense.

And Krone had the balls to say what he thought.

4 researchok  Sun, Sep 9, 2012 12:45:49pm

After reading the article, I'm curious as to what the real story was.

No question the GOP was obstructionist but Geithner's role in sugar coating the situation only fueled the dissent.

5 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Sep 9, 2012 3:16:06pm

re: #4 researchok

After reading the article, I'm curious as to what the real story was.

No question the GOP was obstructionist but Geithner's role in sugar coating the situation only fueled the dissent.

That's something Woodward likely knows but won't say, at least not right now.

6 aagcobb  Sun, Sep 9, 2012 6:09:02pm

re: #1 Bob Dillon

"The long-term deficit crisis had not been solved, but merely put off, leaving the United States at the edge of the fiscal cliff, where it remains today."

But now the President is in a position to make a deal. If he is reelected, the Bush tax cuts are set to expire, and the only thing the GOP really cares about is low marginal tax rates for the rich. So the President will have the leverage to negotiate for stimulus to create jobs, long term debt reduction and a raise in the debt limit in return for an extension of the Bush tax cuts.

7 Joanne  Mon, Sep 10, 2012 6:53:04am

re: #6 aagcobb

No matter the love the GOP has for tax breaks for the rich, the likelihood the GOP will allow another stimulus is slim to none. The teabaggers in the House saw how obstruction is done and I'd practically guarantee that there are baggers who'll hold up any stimulus at all cost, taxmagedon be damned.


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