The Leader Board

As The Fiscal Cliff Approaches, Some On The Left Are Campaigning Against Compromise

 

Dem Admits: Liberal Base 'Horribly Unreasonable'

AP: "…Obama allies worry that liberal demands will make it harder for the president to seal a bargain with the GOP." ("Democrats Toughen Stance On Trimming Benefits," AP, 11/18/12)

 

Left Preps Multi-Million Dollar Campaign

AFL-CIO PRESIDENT RICHARD TRUMKA: "There is no fiscal cliff! What we're facing is an obstacle course within a manufactured crisis…" (Remarks, National Mediation Board Conference, 11/15/12)

"The election is over, but the campaign isn't. … 11 leaders of progressive and labor groups [the President] met with Tuesday laid the groundwork for continuing a campaign approach through the fiscal cliff battle." ("Obama, Left Leaders Discuss Fiscal Cliff Campaign," Politico, 11/13/12)

HOWARD DEAN: "Maybe 700,000 people would lose their jobs. That is a tough price to pay. But what you'd get out of it is the deficit problem is significantly altered. … I think let's just go over the fiscal cliff. Let's - everybody's going to bite the bullet." (CNBC's "Squawk Box," 7/23/12)

Q: "You believe that's a viable option, going over the cliff?" … SEN. PATTY MURRAY (D-WA): "Yes." (MSNBC, 11/14/12)

 

Retiring Chairman Calls For Entitlement Reform

SEN. KENT CONRAD (D-ND): "…fundamental reform, we absolutely need it in our entitlement programs, Medicare, Social Security. …we do need to address Social Security because it's headed for insolvency as well." (Fox News' "Fox News Sunday," 11/11/12)

 

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