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Slade Gorton
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Slade Gorton

A former U.S. Senator and Washington State Attorney General, Slade Gorton served on the 9/11 Commission.

The tax cuts show progress

Question: In a high-stakes game of political chicken, President Obama appears to have bowed to Republican threats to block the extension of tax cuts to the middle class--and all other legislation--unless a similar tax cut for high-income households was also included. Is this realistic bipartisan compromise after a sobering election, or is it a sign of weak leadership?

Standing alone, the president's agreement is not a compromise at all. But the tax-cut extension doesn't stand alone. The president will get an unemployment benefit extension, and each side will get additional provisions for which it has advocated for some time. This is the essence of compromise, and gives us at least some hope of a constructive next year or so, perhaps even including progress on the overwhelming challenge presented by debt and the deficit.

By Slade Gorton

 |  December 7, 2010; 11:56 AM ET
Category:  Accomplishing Goals , Congressional leadership , Crisis leadership , Economic crisis , Government leadership , Managing Crises , Political leadership , Presidential leadership , Self-Sacrifice Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I disagree with the tax deal. The payroll taxes to fund Social Security and Medicare should not be reduced. This will only give ammunition to the right to completely destroy them. It seems the Democrats want to do the same thing.

Obama has been a disaster from day one. He is another corporate stooge like Bill Clinton.

I will be voting for the Republicans in 2012. They offer even lower taxes. The Democratic Party has nothing going for it.

Posted by: mmm1110 | December 11, 2010 10:16 PM
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No wonder you are former... Obama didn't blink , he closed his eyes and gave up! This is just plain stupid, a disaster, and an unconscionable capitulation to the most reactionary elements of our society!

Posted by: CHAOTICIAN101 | December 8, 2010 9:00 AM
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