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Blog: A Destructive Line in the Sand

May 25, 2011 | By Marge Clark, BVM

Republican leadership in the House and Senate continue to make “line in the sand” statements:

This is destructive of bipartisanship and any opportunity for true compromise.  Backed into a corner is not a constructive position from which to negotiate. And moderates and progressives on both sides of the aisle are being backed further and further into the corner.

“Revenue-positive” tax policies are necessary if we are to truly reduce annual deficits and the resultant borrowing. Elimination of all safety net programs would not provide enough savings to significantly dent the deficit. Yet, this is the direction of the House leadership in their budget and appropriations work.