No bargain grand enough

We need to get this to the Fiscal Cliff! What could go wrong?

If we manage to get out of the remaining three years of the Obama Administration without something being referred to as a “grand bargain”* passed it will be a minor miracle.

Gene Sperling, the director of President Barack Obama’s National Economic Council, said Sunday that Obama is offering congressional Republicans “a grand bargain on jobs. He has said he would be willing to do corporate tax reform that lowers rates to 28 percent, simplifies taxes for small businesses, but do it together with a major infrastructure investment.”

There’s nothing in it yet about cutting medicare, social security, or school lunch programs so I don’t see how the well-ensconced powers that be will find this all that “grand”.

*I realize the words “grand bargain” shall be entered into the perpetual lexicon of American politics for the next several generations…it’s not like “good policy” will ever reappear as an argument again.

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