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Winner takes all: A bipartisan way forward that lets the people decide the way forward for the nation

So Harry Reid finally came up with a plan and John Boehner will reveal his tomorrow.

Details.

The Reid plan consists of:

  • $2.7 raise in the debt ceiling with matching spending cuts.  These spending cuts are likely on the back end of the package and are structured in a way to the George Mitchell trap that he pulled on Bush 41.
  • No tax increases
  • Plan extends past the 2012 elections.

Boehner’s plan:

  • No tax increases
  • An intial six month plan, tiered into two votes to wring out more savings.  The first to verify that spending cuts are in fact taking place.  This also likely be structured so the GOP House and Senators could sell the plan to their constituents during the recess.  It has been reported that the first portion would be a $900 billion increase with matching cuts and the second portion would be 1.6 trillion in additional cuts.
  • Places the next debt ceiling debate in February 2012.

Unconscionable

On NBC’s Meet the Press, White House Chief of Staff William Daley reaffirmed Obama’s veto threat against a ceiling lift that doesn’t extend into 2013. That stance drew scorn from Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., a member of the “Gang of Six” that has been working towards a debt agreement.

“I think that’s a ridiculous position, because that’s what he’s going to get presented with,” said Coburn, later adding, “I understand why they’re saying they won’t say a short-term [deal], but I think they won’t have a choice.”

Daley also blamed House Republicans for being intractable, summarizing their attitude as “You either come our way, or chaos may reign.”

May their words condemn them.  So winning the presidency is more important to Obama than default as Dan Spencer noted.  Putting his ambition ahead of the good of the country.  Someone has some very mixed up priorities.

Pure Obama bluffing:

In an accidental moment of honesty, White House Deputy Press Secretary Dan Pfeiffer today admitted on Twitter that President Obama will likely sign any debt deal Congress sends his way. This revelation came in an exchange with Stephen Gutowski, the blogger known as The College Politico. Gutowski asked Pfeiffer: “Do you see a scenario where the house & senate pass a deal but the President doesn’t sign it?” and Pfeiffer responded: “No, bc only something that has R and D support can pass both bodies”.

Up until today, the White House has attempted to portray President Obama as the mediator of a grand bargain, but his role has increasingly diminished as Congressional leaders have lost faith and trust in the negotiations taking place in the West Wing. It is now clear that President Obama is on the sidelines, without a plan or position, hoping Congress can solve the impasse without him.

When this statement was pointed out, Pfeiffer immediately began to walk back the statement, saying: “no, I said I believed a short term can’t pass congress not shld it”. [A note to non-Twitter users, with a 140 character limit on message, this type of shorthand is common] But that is not the question Pfeiffer was asked.

This Could Work

So if the Democrats want the debt ceiling with matching cuts in spending after the election and the GOP want to have the debate before the election, here is a novel solution: 

Let the People decide the fate and direction of this nation.  How?  With their votes on November 6, 2012.

Here is how it would work:

  • The GOP House has already passed a comprehensive plan of CCB.  So let the Democrats construct their own comprehensive plan which would be completed by February 2012.  Thus President Obama could focus on his re-election bid without having to deal with the debt ceiling. Both plans would be approved in Congress with a contingency that whomever wins the Presidency, the winning party’s comprehensive plan would go into effect and be law the following day.
  • President Obama has stated that he feels he can win this debate with the American people.  Okay, fine.  What better way for American voters to figure out it out the direction of this nation by weighing out each side’s plan, vetting the presidential candidates of each side as they present why their party’s plan is better, and choosing the way forward for the nation?

Great!  Here’s the middle ground we have been looking for :)  The people pass the bill they want and the debt ceiling issue is resolved by the people.  How’s that for representative government?  Surely Reid and Boehner could both agree to this couldn’t they?  You want to talk about a high noon moment for this nation?  I get goosebumps thinking of the fight this will produce.

 

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