Republicans would be fools to make a deal

  • Article by: CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER , Washington Post
  • Updated: December 1, 2012 - 5:02 PM

Obama isn't bargaining seriously -- and he's a spendthrift to boot.

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Mippy1Dec. 1, 12 5:32 PM

The right-wing bubble just gets funnier and funnier. The $400 billion in cuts that Obama has proposed just for starters? Mr. Krauthammer simply ignores them. It's ever so much easier to write a column like his by saying Obama hasn't proposed anything--dishonest, but much easier. And the people who actually care what Krauthammer says are poorly informed and will believe him when he lies about this stuff. I especially like it when he says, "...The trust fund's IOUs do not consist of real economic assets..."---I'm sure that everyone who holds US Treasury bonds will be fascinated to learn that they aren't real---according to wise Mr. Krauthammer. The right has become ridiculous.

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vlombardyDec. 1, 12 5:40 PM

Reagan invented "trickle down", which has become the mantra of the Repubs. It has led to a nation with the worst income inequality in the developed world, and all the problems that accompany it. We're much closer to South Africa, where they're shooting striking workers, than we are to a healthy society. Krauthammer would have us continue on the present path.

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sadsadsadDec. 1, 12 5:50 PM

The author of this article, "Charles Krauthammer" is a shill on Fox News. He also said that Romney would win in a landslide.

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avejoeconDec. 1, 12 5:54 PM

Lets see if the Democrats stick with their mantra that Tax cuts don't create jobs now!

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pumiceDec. 1, 12 5:56 PM

From the article: "The [Social Security} trust fund's IOUs 'do not consist of real economic assets that can be drawn down in the future to fund benefits.'" Ah but, Mr. Krauthammer, did the Baby Boomers and the near-Baby Boomers' contributions--contributions which added up to well over a $2 trillion surplus--consist of real economic assets which were drawn down in the past to fund discretionary spending?

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freedumb86Dec. 1, 12 6:00 PM

The Fox News Analyst can afford the "Parachute". In fact, he can afford to strap on a jet pack while the rest of us go over the cliff. Sorry, Krauthammer, the rest of us working normal middle class jobs or not working at all are tired of the rich riding high on our cheap labor and their low taxes. And please don't reference Reagan. That's when all of this began.

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avejoeconDec. 1, 12 6:01 PM

Mippy, maybe you didn't read the proposals since the election. Obama is NOT providing ANY cuts. He stated that he would "consider" cuts in 2013. Anyone else remember the demcorats saying that in the past.

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ontherecordDec. 1, 12 6:04 PM

avejoecon: "Lets see if the Democrats stick with their mantra that Tax cuts don't create jobs now!" The Democratic position has always been: "Tax cuts for the rich don't create jobs." And there is plenty of evidence to prove it. Look at the net job losses under the first eight years of Bush tax cuts. Keep the lower taxes for the middle class, cut the military and and raise taxes on the ultra rich, including subjecting ALL income to Social Security tax and putting capital gains on a par with earned income.

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pumiceDec. 1, 12 6:04 PM

From the article: "[Grover] Norquist is the only guy in town to consistently resist the tax-and-spend Democrats' stampede for ever higher taxes to fund ever more reckless spending." Where was Grover Norquist when borrow-and-spend Republicans stampeded for ever more reckless spending on two long-term military actions for which taxes were never levied? for the large unfunded Medicare Part D expansion?

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kingtutskyDec. 1, 12 6:08 PM

I love Charles Krauthammer. His analysis is as good or better than any out there. He is correct, the Democrats are not bargaining in good faith. Same as the stunts they pulled during the debt ceiling negotiation. Challenge the Repubs to put a plan out, and when they do, attack them personally instead of professionally.

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