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But a fundamental ideological chasm between the majority of lawmakers and an empowered group of Congressional Republicans - fueled by some Tea Party victories in both chambers in 2010 - has made it more difficult than ever to reach fiscal and budgetary compromises.
This is a good read, too - after decades of gerrymandering, and especially so soon after the last district rewrite, the major problem here is the a vast majority of Congressmen on both sides of the political spectrum have it in their best interests NOT to compromise, since their biggest electoral threat is not the other party but a more-extreme primary challenger.

As Swing Districts Dwindle, Can a Divided House Stand? - NYTimes.com
 

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You're implying, Drew, that the Democratic party has a significant far left wing that ideologically controls the entire party. It does not.
 

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You're implying, Drew, that the Democratic party has a significant far left wing that ideologically controls the entire party. It does not.
We have our share of whackos too, but there are, thank god, certainly fewer of them.
 

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The "whacko" to which you refer are the moderate liberals in the Democratic party. The vast majority of Democrats are extremest liberals, and the greatest threat to our country.
 

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The case for the Dems' negotiating strategy

Good read on the cliff negotiations and in particular a couple recent Democratic concessions, and IMO this highlights the single biggest flaw of the "go over the cliff, and then propose a bill cutting taxes on those making less than $250k" argument - there's literally nothing that would stop the GOP-controlled house for passing their own bill cutting taxes on ALL Americans, or taking another run at Boehner's Plan B, which failed because too many Tea Party Republicans refused to allow taxes to go up on anyone - after we go off the cliff, that impetus is gone.
 

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Good read on the cliff negotiations and in particular a couple recent Democratic concessions, and IMO this highlights the single biggest flaw of the "go over the cliff, and then propose a bill cutting taxes on those making less than $250k" argument - there's literally nothing that would stop the GOP-controlled house for passing their own bill cutting taxes on ALL Americans, or taking another run at Boehner's Plan B, which failed because too many Tea Party Republicans refused to allow taxes to go up on anyone - after we go off the cliff, that impetus is gone.
That would be true if polling numbers didn't show Americans blaming the GOP by a margin of two to one, and if the Democrats didn't control both the White House AND the Senate. Not that any of that matters, mind you, since we ARE going to pass the deadline without a deal.

At the end of the day, the Democrats will compromise on the income level at which tax cuts will stop, and maybe the rates themselves, but not by much. They control 2/3 of the government, and finally seem determined to act like it. The Republican party is going to pay for its stupidity, since they could have gotten much deeper concessions a year and a half ago if they had accepted compromise during the debt ceiling debacle.

As a side note, I still find it funny that so many people on both sides think entitlement reform is one of the big things driving this. Social security, medicare, and medicaid are paid for through payroll taxes, and have absolutely nothing to do with the budget deficit.
 

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As a side note, I still find it funny that so many people on both sides think entitlement reform is one of the big things driving this. Social security, medicare, and medicaid are paid for through payroll taxes, and have absolutely nothing to do with the budget deficit.
This needs to be shouted from the rooftops. It's utterly amazing to watch the media totally gloss over this and let the politicians convince everybody that entitlements are actually the cause of our deficit problems.
 

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this is absolutely pathectic
isn't there anything we can do a s citizens to get get term limits imposed?
as long as these baffoons (on both sides) just keep worrying about getting re elected time and time again nothing is ever going to get done.
 

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this is absolutely pathectic
isn't there anything we can do a s citizens to get get term limits imposed?
as long as these baffoons (on both sides) just keep worrying about getting re elected time and time again nothing is ever going to get done.
I think if we could eliminate the gerrymandering of districts term limits would be far less necessary. Right now Nate Silver estimates that 347 of 435 congressional districts are pretty much signed, sealed and delivered to one party or the other. As long as there are so few competitive races Congress is not going to change.
 
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