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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Off the Cliff But 'A Bad Ceiling Feeling"

UPDATE:  Krugman with a second post, revealing a "bad ceiling feeling."  Now sez: "The only thing that might save this situation is the fact that Obama has to be aware just how much is now riding on his willingness to finally stand up for his side; if he doesn’t, nobody will ever trust him again, and he will go down in history as the wimp who threw it all away."

Earlier: House just passed the Senate fiscal/tax bill, with Boehner and Ryan voting aye and Cantor and his ilk no.  Fifteen or so Dems voted No, and about one-third of GOP voted aye.   Here's Paul Krugman's assessment at his blog. 
So why the bad taste in progressives’ mouths? It has less to do with where Obama ended up than with how he got there. He kept drawing lines in the sand, then erasing them and retreating to a new position. And his evident desire to have a deal before hitting the essentially innocuous fiscal cliff bodes very badly for the confrontation looming in a few weeks over the debt ceiling.
If Obama stands his ground in that confrontation, this deal won’t look bad in retrospect. If he doesn’t, yesterday will be seen as the day he began throwing away his presidency and the hopes of everyone who supported him.

1 comment:

Miles Maker said...

Do you know what 'negotiation' means? If so, do your REALLY no what negotiation means? There is no line in the sand. There is no line--just sand, which isn't much of a foundation to build upon.

What I fear is people who are so unwilling to come to compromise they'd rather see the whole thing erode right under our feet.