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?
I've never seen only 30 comments before
A democracy is about compromise. We have to remember that.
From a tactical standpoint, yes, they've given up some ground. But what else could they do with a Republican-controlled House?
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.
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?
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.
I think Republicans do most of the commenting either way. Any excuse to call someone a "Bozo" or "Dopey".
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.
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!
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.
I guess if there are no republicans to argue with, we don't comment.
No, I liked his comment. I'm always the one who likes the"first" comment.
I just think it's fun.
Probably liked his own comment...
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.
The democrats can use the military as leverage. The republicans would do an awful lot to prevent those cuts.
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.
I think we may have given away too much but I'm happy that some progress was made.
Merce - oh yeah! You're so smart ????
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.
We gave away all of our leverage, now the ball is going to be in their court in two months.
So tony did create a way to actually keep these questions away from certain groups.
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.
Weird. My political party splits are missing
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.
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!
Congrats...your trophy is in the mail, you can expect it in 5-7 business days
For now, no. But I'll get back to you in 2 months!
Yes we did, plain and simple.