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I Have Seen the Future…

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We’ve now had two significant bipartisan votes in the House–to raise taxes and to provide storm relief post-Sandy. I see a third one on the horizon, and a fourth.

In both cases, a minority of Republicans joined a majority of Democrats to do the right thing. I suspect that this is precisely what we’re going to see on the debt ceiling, especially given the lobbying by huge Republican funders–like the Koch Brothers–in opposition to the Republican plan to sabotage the good faith and credit of the United States. I think a broader version of this same coalition will pass significant immigration reform this year.

With the Republican majority in the House down to 35, all you need is 18 or so GOP members to switch sides to get legislation passed. If the Democrats are not foolish–a big if–if they agree to take a serious look at entitlement and tax reform, we may actually see the perpetual logjam exploded and some real progress made.

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forgottenlord
forgottenlord

I could've sworn I was saying that two weeks ago.

destor23
destor23

It's foolish to cut entitlements.  The short term effects are contractionary and the long-term effects are potentially catastrophic.

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

 If the Democrats are not foolish–a big if

Obama has expressed willingness to address both those issues. Do you actually believe that the Progressive Caucus will block him from achiving HIS stated goals?




sacredh
sacredh

"I Have Seen the Future…"

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Me too and republicans don't have much of a part in it.

SteveZStein
SteveZStein

Good riddance to the Hastert rule - just one more piece of anti-democratic (and anti-Democrat) machinery installed by the Republicans to allow a minority of Congress to control the government.

sacredh
sacredh

If the Democrats are not foolish–a big if–if they agree to take a serious look at entitlement and tax reform, we may actually see the perpetual logjam exploded and some real progress made.

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We'll also see the republicans that vote for sanity get primary challenges.



Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

Be fine with me if the Progressive Caucus pushes back on the Sadist Caucus, oops I mean the Serious Caucus.

sacredh
sacredh

Don't make me tie you up and beat you.