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June 23, 2011

Brinksmanship: Democrat Baucus Says No Debt Limit Deal Without Tax Increases

The media of course has been slanting this story all along.

They claim the Republicans "won't agree" to a debt limit increase. What they mean is that Republicans won't agree to a debt limit increase on the Democrats' terms.

Funny, they never report the corollary: That Democrats refuse to agree to a deal on the Republicans' terms.

Seems both sides are bargaining here but only one is called out for not simply agreeing to the other's opening position.

Now the Democrats have made it clear what they want.

What they always want.

What they always have wanted.

What they always will want.

In the future, when time travel is a mature technology, and we develop (per Douglas Adams) 50 new verb tenses to describe events which technically will happen in the future by means of changing the past -- What they all-whens habben willen ur-wanten.

They want tax increases.

Why knock me over with a frigging feather.

One of the Democrats participating in bipartisan debt discussions said he's "very disappointed" his Republican counterpart has ditched negotiations over an impasse on taxes, but says he hopes to continue working with the group in a different context.

He also made an impassioned case that new tax revenues be part of any deal to raise the debt limit that involves significant cuts to entitlement programs.

"I'm disappointed that Leader Cantor's withdrawn," said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus during a hearing on health care spending. "I think we should stay at the table. I think we should keep working, difficult as it is, and try to balance between Medicare cuts -- additional Medicare cuts -- so long as there is commensurate additional revenue. We need balance here."


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