Obama sets adviser to work negotiating over cliff

  • Article by: SHERYL GAY STOLBERG , New York Times
  • Updated: December 1, 2012 - 11:16 PM

Obama has put his chief of staff, Jacob Lew, at the helm of complex economic talks with Congress.

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kingtutskyDec. 1, 12 5:45 PM

Boy, the NY Times is really building up Jacob Lew as the guy with all the answers. But he is a pawn and negotiations will come down to Obama demanding spending increases now and tax cuts later- which will never happen- just like when Tip O'Neil burned his promise to Ronald Reagan.

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avejoeconDec. 1, 12 5:56 PM

So, the most important negotiations this nation has had for some time, and the president decides it's more important to fly around the country than it is to be a true leader and work with both sides.

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jimjimjimjimDec. 2, 12 5:26 AM

Eliminate the debt ceiling, 1.2 trillion in new taxes and another stimulus. That is obama's plan. He refuses to negotiate or compromise with the GOP. Why on earth did people vote for him? The answer: Entitlements.

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Jakein08Dec. 2, 12 5:39 AM

avejoecon - if you think the President should personally attend every meeting involving these budget talks than you obviously know very little about leadership. He has his cabinet members in place, as every President has had, who negotiate and report back to him, as it should be! When the negotiations are near the ending point, the President will then attend himself, again, as all prior leaders have done.

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russ999Dec. 2, 12 6:19 AM

Obama is right to use the bully pulpit and bypass the farcical corporate media right-wing talking point parrots and go to the people. He didn't do that enough in his 1st term.

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probsolverDec. 2, 12 7:23 AM

Russ, so what do you think of obamas demand that the congress has no input on raising the debt limit? King Obama should have carte blanc to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling? Think that's a good idea?

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johnnycgoodDec. 2, 12 7:57 AM

I find it funny that people all throughout the campaign would bash on the old Bush talking point of "two unfunded tax cuts" as part of our current problem. Now that those tax cuts are going away, people are screaming bloody murder that their taxes will go up. I guess it wasn't just "the rich" that got those tax cuts, eh.

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firefight41Dec. 2, 12 9:54 AM

if you think the President should personally attend every meeting involving these budget talks than you obviously know very little about leadership. *************** Thats ok, since Obama knows very little about leadership.

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vlombardyDec. 2, 1210:14 AM

Funny how median family income doubled during the 50s when the top marginal tax rate was over 90%, and 1/3 of workers were unionized. The difference was that CEOs lived a very comfortable life, while today they live like sheiks. I think it's conservative thinking to return to a system that worked for the majority, instead of perpetuating one that works for a small minority.

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crystalbayDec. 2, 1212:03 PM

"president decides it's more important to fly around the country than it is to be a true leader and work with both sides."..............Pure BS! He's finally taking it to the people, something many of us wish he'd done more of during his first term. Obama has learned the hard way that strong support from the people who reelected him is the top priority and that which is needed to do battle with the obstructionist party. Wingers will always criticize him no matter what he does - like criticizing him for being on site for the hurricane - they screamed, "Why isn't he in WA governing?!!" Get over it. He won handily. Move on.

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