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Show Of Hands January 2nd, 2013 12:00am

Democrats: did Democrats give away too much leverage for the next round of negotiations by approving reduced permanent tax increases now while only deferring big automatic spending cuts for two months?

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EarlyBird Portland
01/10/13 8:54 pm

I've never seen only 30 comments before

01/04/13 8:19 am

A democracy is about compromise. We have to remember that.

01/03/13 11:43 pm

From a tactical standpoint, yes, they've given up some ground. But what else could they do with a Republican-controlled House?

susanr Colorado
01/03/13 4:54 pm

I wonder if you get both if you say you're an independent. I flip back & forth because I don't like to identify with a party, only a rare circumstance would get me to vote republican. I don't really want to see the republican poll comments, though.

01/03/13 2:55 pm

Don't worry about spending cuts. If the debt ceiling increase stalls, interest rates will go up and the party will be over. What's the interest on 16 $trillion?

iBakes California
01/03/13 9:57 am

The comment section is peaceful and lacking ignorance. There should be more party specific polling!

I would have answered yes but the GOP has backed themselves into a corner they may not be able to get out of safely. That in itself is leverage for the Democrats.

colematts Buffalo, New York
01/03/13 9:54 am

I think Republicans do most of the commenting either way. Any excuse to call someone a "Bozo" or "Dopey".

EarlyBird Portland
01/03/13 6:40 am

I have a dollar that says the republican thread is a lot more lively than this one. They're probably having a field day tearing O apart and those who voted for him as well.

Marinersfan Texas
01/02/13 10:07 pm

We all would have liked more, but its amazing that we got the GOP to raise taxes for the first time since 1990. This may have been the straw that broke the camels back!

liberalD Massachusetts
01/02/13 7:00 pm

I think the democrats need to take a stronger stand. Yet its hard when somthing like this happens. You do what you must to ensure the welfare of the people even when the conservatives are being ignorant jerks. Conservatives, you have to budge too.

EarlyBird Portland
01/02/13 6:28 pm

I guess if there are no republicans to argue with, we don't comment.

EarlyBird Portland
01/02/13 4:06 pm

No, I liked his comment. I'm always the one who likes the"first" comment.
I just think it's fun.

redrocker Idaho
01/02/13 3:50 pm

democrats hardly gave anything away at all. they raised taxes and had very little in cuts. sure they didn't lower the boom on people at $250k, but you have to make compromises.

pvtliberal Ohio
01/02/13 3:28 pm

The democrats can use the military as leverage. The republicans would do an awful lot to prevent those cuts.

01/02/13 2:32 pm

I would say they gave away much of their leverage but I still feel there is significant leverage in their willingness to make spending cuts, and it is not like republicans can refuse to cooperate on the debt limit because if we default the press coming out against the GOP will be bad.

EarlyBird Portland
01/02/13 11:54 am

I think we may have given away too much but I'm happy that some progress was made.

EarlyBird Portland
01/02/13 11:51 am

Merce - oh yeah! You're so smart ????

Zackisan VC Member
01/02/13 11:47 am

At first I said yes, but when I think about it the deal was passed out of desperation not using the leverage the Democrats have so now I am saying no.

zman117 Ohio
01/02/13 10:33 am

We gave away all of our leverage, now the ball is going to be in their court in two months.

01/02/13 10:25 am

So tony did create a way to actually keep these questions away from certain groups.

amuseme This is for you
01/02/13 9:15 am

I think the republicans don't get to answer this one. Just like that question for the women didn't seem to have any men in it.

EarlyBird Portland
01/02/13 9:12 am

Weird. My political party splits are missing

poliscigi Brooklyn
01/02/13 8:59 am

Could we have gotten more? Probably. Am I disappointed with this deal? Absolutely not. We've set the stage for the fact that we won this election, and in two months, we'll have a lot more leverage.

FPexpert Earth
01/02/13 8:34 am

3rd option: not relevant, I think the deficit will slowly wear away as long as action is taking place. It's the little things that keep us going!

Rinnick Deployed, Be Back Soon
01/02/13 8:32 am

Congrats...your trophy is in the mail, you can expect it in 5-7 business days

Rinnick Deployed, Be Back Soon
01/02/13 8:31 am

For now, no. But I'll get back to you in 2 months!

zman117 Ohio
01/02/13 8:28 am

Yes we did, plain and simple.