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The Mythic Fiscal Cliff "DEAL" Happens, Sort Of

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It looks like Biden and McConnell have cut a deal that Obama will buy. Now, they have to sell it to Boehner's House of Representatives. 

The main ingredients include:
-Make Bush tax cuts permanent for people making under $450,000
-extend unemployment
-delay the sequester by two months
-maintain the $5 million estate tax threshold

Supposedly, a vote will happen tomorrow. 
I'm not impressed. Are you?

Obama could have held at $250,000. He could have gotten more concessions. Let's face it. He's a terrible negotiator. Weak is one way to look at him. Or, as so many OEN readers remind me, he does it on purpose to take care of and protect the people he really serves. 

The word is that the unions are going to oppose any deal that allows a tax break over $450,000. As though Obama will care about that. 

Bottom line, Obama cut a deal he didn't have to that handed a tax break to another 1% of the wealthiest Americans. 
When you make body language that shows your hand, it's called a tell. Obama showed a tell-- in his negotiations-- that he's willing to screw social security recipients. We know that it's just a matter of time-- probably two months down the road, when the sequester comes back to haunt him. 

He's show weakness in all his dealings. The Republicans know. Pelosi has shown that she'll sell out the people who voted for Democrats, expecting them to keep their promises to hold the tax break at $250,000. 

I'd love to hear your thoughts about what's going down. 


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Make no deal.It will increase revenue jobs and wag... by David Vicks on Monday, Dec 31, 2012 at 10:13:42 PM
No surprise.  BOTH parties are Corporate, War... by Ed Ciaccio on Monday, Dec 31, 2012 at 10:30:55 PM
Is the wrong question, because the results are the... by Richard Spisak on Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 at 12:09:00 AM
For, while some might say "it is what it is", I co... by myklsamu on Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 at 12:17:03 AM
Watching 20 minutes of excerpts of JFK's speeches ... by terry smythe on Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 at 12:59:55 AM
If you have a dollar they want to take it. If you ... by Steven G. Erickson on Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 at 1:02:08 AM
Those of us in the Alternative Economics Movement ... by Scott Baker on Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 at 3:23:59 AM
I  think Obama thinks a Mandate is two guys g... by kenneth sibbett on Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 at 5:43:58 AM
preserving tax cuts for those making up to $1,000,... by John Sanchez Jr. on Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 at 7:33:07 AM
We got the usual cave from our Republican presiden... by kappie on Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 at 9:51:38 AM
All of you talking about how Obama should have stu... by Aimable Mugara on Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 at 2:06:31 PM
Obama knows the Republicans will hold the middle c... by David Vicks on Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 at 3:51:08 PM
The reason Obama made the bad deal was because he ... by David Vicks on Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013 at 5:40:41 PM
The big concern with earners of $250K is that it t... by Steve Shapiro on Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 at 5:34:14 PM
I am 64 years old and Obama is the worst president... by STEVEN FINNEGAN on Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013 at 12:00:48 AM
I have to agree with many of your observations, bu... by myklsamu on Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013 at 10:31:16 AM