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Opening Arguments

Same old same old

This is what they call a "compromise" in Washington:

Cut through the fog, and here’s what to expect: Taxes will go up just shy of $1.2 trillion — the middle ground of what President Barack Obama wants and what Republicans say they could stomach. Entitlement programs, mainly Medicare, will be cut by no less than $400 billion - and perhaps a lot more,

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Democrats want most Medicare and other entitlement savings to kick in between 10 and 20 years from now, which will make some Republicans choke. Democrats will point to the precedent set by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) of pushing most mandatory savings off until a decade from now.

"A lot of the big entitlement savings comes in the 10-20 year budget window, not the next 10 years,” a Democratic aide said.

Tax increases now, spending cuts down the road. Wow, where've I heard that one before? And it always works out so well to get government growth under control.