March 03, 2013


Why Obama Can't Make a Deal with Republicans

Ezra Klein: "The bottom line on American budgetary politics right now is that Republicans won't agree to further tax increases and so there's no deal to be had. This is not a controversial perspective in D.C.: It's what Hill Republicans have told me, it's what the White House has told me, it what Hill Democrats have told me. The various camps disagree on whether Republicans are right to refuse a deal that includes further tax increases, but they all agree that that's the key fact holding up a compromise to replace the sequester."

"There's no deal even if Obama agrees to major Republican demands on entitlements. There's no deal because Republicans don't want to make a deal that includes taxes, no matter what they get in return for it."

Paul Krugman: Well, duh.










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