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As usual, DC Dems negotiate with themselves

[1]Good ol’ Erskine Bowles does it again. As budget and tax guru Bob Greenstein noted late yesterday in this post entitled: Bowles ‘Compromise’ Proposal to the Right of Boehner Offer to Obama in July.” [2]

This stuff can be impenetrable, but it’s clear that the federal┬ádebt negotiations are following a familiar pattern: Republicans make a proposal and then refuse to budge or move even further right. Democrats start slightly right of center and then compete with each other to see how fast they can give in or outdo the GOP in slashing social programs.