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Subject:  Re: Make Me an Offer Date:  12/2/2012  1:22 PM
Author:  nigelwhalmsley Number:  1841659 of 1956959

"Obama has really offered nothing substantial, nothing that really makes a difference or that signals a change in direction."

His offer is substantially different from the only alternative at the moment, which is the automatic tax and spending cuts that kick in at the end of the year. Those are the only two plans on the table right now. The Repubs have offered nothing, period. How can you criticize Obama's plan as not substantial and not criticize the complete lack of any alternative from the Repubs? I don't get that.

"He doesn't want to get labeled the bad guy and seeks to label the Repub's as such."

They will get that label since they have done nothing to counter it. They roundly criticize Obama at every turn, but Congress holds the purse strings, and the House has not put forth anything.

"That is why he offers not so much and challenges the other side to put meat on the table to be offended by. Each is waiting on the other to start the dance and blame game. That is why we can't get anything done."

The so-called cliff is approaching, either way.

"When Obama's solution was to tax the "wealthy" it helped him retain his voting base and fed into their "stick it to the other guy" mentality, but honestly the 42 Billion dollars gained does nothing pratical towards a 1 trillion dollar cliff."

Actually, it is a step in the right direction. Looking for one thing that will pay for it all obviously is not going to happen, so a step at a time is the right way to start. This is what Obama campaigned on.

"Some serious revenue enhancing from everyone must happen and cut back spending. No one wants to get the political heat from that, so here we are."

We need to cut spending and raise taxes. That either happens by design of the present Congress, or it happens automatically. The automatic version is problematic for the middle class, and so for the economy as a whole.
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