It sounds as if Ezra Klein is hearing more or less the same things I’m hearing: Republicans willing to give up a lot more on tax rates, although not fully undoing the Bush tax cuts in the 250-400 range; additional tax hikes via deduction limits in a form that hits the wealthy, not the upper middle class (28 percent and all that); unemployment extension and infrastructure spending; but “chained CPI” for Social Security, which is a benefit cut.Amazing, "chained CPI" is messing with the price inflation adjustment for seniors, while "infrastructure spending" is about stuffing money into the pockets of crony capitalists.
I wrote about the infrastructure scam, last year:
Friends tell me that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has formed various programs/groups to generate more revenue for the Chamber.So now you know what "saving us from the fiscal cliff" is about: higher taxes, screwing seniors and money going into the pockets of crony capitalists.
The various programs/groups then push their specific agendas at the Chamber. The pro-government spending infrastructure stance by the Chamber is not because of construction/engineering firms pushing the idea (although they are going along with it). The push is coming from the banksters, who have made enough contributions to the Chamber program/group, Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, to control it.
The banksters, led by UBS Groups America Chairman Robert Wolf, are the real players pushing the infrastructure deal. It's all about big $$$$. The banksters will be the major beneficiaries of any Federal infrastructure plan.
Democrats will be solidly behind the bill and friends tell me that there could be enough Republican support that an infrastructure bill will pass.