How to Avoid an Ultimatum

In his July 5 remarks on the “Status of Efforts to Find a Balanced Approach to Deficit Reduction,” President Obama expressed the hope that everybody would “leave their ultimatums at the door.” Today, he announced the following ultimatum:

I will not sign a 30-day or a 60-day or a 90-day extension.  That is just not an acceptable approach.

Actually, it is the only approach that would allow the American people to weigh-in on this process. Let the President and the Speaker of the House put forth their respective offers, together with legislative language and a plain English summary. Let  the public read, review, and debate them over the next 30, 60 or 90 days. Hold hearings on C-SPAN. Then decide.

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How to Avoid an Ultimatum

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