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December 31, 2012

The Mythic Fiscal Cliff "DEAL" Happens, Sort Of

By Rob Kall

It looks like Biden and McConnell have cut a deal that Obama will buy, Bottom line, Obama cut a deal he didn't have to that handed a tax break to at least another 1% of the wealthiest Americans.


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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. 

Submitters Bio:

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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