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James Capretta (whose judgment I really trust), slags the Gang of Six Plan.  I tend to agree.  The plan gives about as much as conservatives can reasonably give in a good faith center-left/center-right compromise when it comes to tax revenues (I can see a little more wiggle room on tax rates but not much.)  I'm okay with that as long as it is coupled with specific substantial long-term reductions and restructuring on the spending side.  Right now, the Republican votes to raise taxes and then get a promise that majority Democratic Senate committees will sometime later produce something later which will then be voted on through the reconciliation process. No sale.  On the other hand I can't see anything like major right-leaning reform (even if it includes higher revenues) passing this Senate.  One moral is that if Republicans want fundamental reform of the size and structure of the federal government along Ryan(ish) lines, they are going to have to win the argument and elections based on their preferred spending levels and entitlement reforms. 
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"they are going to have to win the argument"

We are *so* screwed....


(not meant to imply some kind of lack of faith in the Stupid Party....well, maybe)

The waters for this debt deal are so poluted, that "all the king's horse and all the king's men" at the EPA, couldn't put a deal together again.

If you recall, back in March, as part of the price to pass a ginormous omnibus spending bill for the remainder of FY 2011, the Republicans asked for $38 billion in cuts. After much yelling, screaming and gnashing of teeth, the Democrats/President offered $6.5 billion in cuts, and the federal government was at peace.
Then came the headlines, "Democrats’ “$6.5 Billion” in Spending Cuts Actually $4.7 Billion," followed by shrinking numbers. And finally, when the dust settled, the budget cuts, we were told, were really only worth $352 million.

There is this old adage .. "fool me once, shame on you. fool me twice, shame on me."

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