How Liberals Killed The ‘Grand Bargain’

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They’re already looking ahead to the next battle.

Greg Russak‘s insight:

 by BRETT LOGIURATO, FEB. 21, 2014, 9:21 AM


The "Grand Bargain" — the mythical agreement between Democrats and Republicans to cut entitlement spending — has died.

The cuts to Social Security that were included in President Barack Obama’s budget last year were viewed as a necessary olive branch to Republicans at the time. Many Democrats in Washington, including the President, thought it should be on the table to strike a deal — the elusive "grand bargain" on the budget.

A year later, the paradigm has completely swung. Obama will drop the proposal from his budget this year. Led by Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), many Democrats now not only oppose the cuts, but also favor an expansion of Social Security benefits. 

"It is really amazing how much the conversation has shifted," one Senate Democratic aide told Business Insider.

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Author: Peaceful Patriot

Proud middle class husband, father, and progressive liberal. Registered Non-Partisan but have much more in common with Democrats than Republicans. Consider Libertarians to be immature and underdeveloped in their understanding of reality. An atheist who doesn't care what you believe so long as you stop pretending the Founding Fathers intended for you to legislatively force your beliefs on everyone else. Laughs out loud in mocking disdain at the abject lunacy of birthers, climate science deniers, and hard core tea partiers. If that offends you, too bad. You're not rational and have no place at the adult table.

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