Happy New Year… may next year be as good or better than than the last.
One thing that would make that possible is if the president rejects a deal that is worse than doing nothing. I know, 11th dimensional chess, he’s smarter than I am, etc… But the current deal being discussed sucks eggs. There is no two ways about it. Low commitment to new revenue. No commitments on debt ceiling. Nothing on protecting the safety net, unless you count a two month reprieve as significant.
Obama could get more on revenue by doing NOTHING. And he’s not actually getting anything in return. Nothing on debt ceiling. Nothing on the spending side other than kicking the can down the road two month.
Obama has maximum leverage NOW. And right now, it looks like he’s gonna trade that leverage for less than he’d get from doing nothing.
I’ve called my reps and begged them to vote against and demand a better deal.