Grand Bargain is the elusive Holy Grail of Washington budgeting

  • Article by: JENNIFER STEINHAUER , New York Times
  • Updated: January 1, 2013 - 7:49 AM
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comment229Jan. 1, 13 4:43 AM

A grand bargain? They got up out of their chairs long enough to walk over to the can to kick it a few feet down the road. Guess what they will be hassling about in two months? All this proposed bargain did was kick the can down the road again, and saved the bloated military and allowed people to sit at home complaining about no jobs for one more year. The US Congress is still a joke.

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comment229Jan. 1, 13 4:46 AM

Further, these brave politicians nobly turned down their $900 salary increase. Wow... but there are a couple things I think I have correct on this one. In the past years, that increase is automatic unless it is voted down. In other words, do nothing, and you get it. So they turned it down this year. Gee, I wonder why? It has been a staple of our society that on the list of people not to trust, used car salesman are probably at the top of that list. Not any more.

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comment229Jan. 1, 13 4:49 AM

Finally, out of disgust, this bill does little if anything to address our nations problems. Going over that cliff still would have been the best to reduce our national debt. Painful? Certainly, but what else are you going to do? And it just boggles my mind that the stock market will take this as good news. I have no idea why. It means we are still spending out of control, have a bloated military, and the debt just keeps growing. The solution proposed last night, should cause the stock market to go into panic mode, now breathe a sigh of relief.

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theagonybhoJan. 1, 13 7:14 AM

Nice Grand bargain, its a a sad day to be an American. I hope the House doesnt pass this, so instead of addressing 10 cents on every dollar spent we addressed 15 cents and zero spending cuts. Long term unemployment extended and the Bush tax cuts which Democrats hated extended adding 200 billion to the deficit. For a party that hates Bush this is twice you have extended something you despise, i hope they dont increase the debt limit either , the USA is on its way to Greece.

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sundialJan. 1, 13 7:56 AM

Here's a grand bargain that will never happen: 1. Eliminate all subsidies and exemptions, all the way from big oil to big ag, to home mortgage deductions and charitable contributions. 2. Close military basis, particularly in Europe where the cold war has been over for a couple of decades. 3. Raise the social security tax cap so that those making over $110,000 a year contribute. 4. Remove prohibitions restricting competition in the drug market.

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