I found this graph on DU in this thread

Yes, let’s all adopt the Obama plan; it’s brilliant!

Wonder why you haven’t heard a peep from the usual ranters (and you know who I’m talking about) about the socialist Muslim Kenyan’s scheme that can’t be changed, can’t even be negotiated (sort of like some famous letters of transit, signed by Gen. DeGaulle himself). Cast your gaze upon this analysis:

Isn’t that peachy? The wealthy made out like bandits under the Republican proposal. They make out even better under the Obama/Republican plan. Let’s just empty the Treasury into the pockets of the affluent, because the rest of us are going to get an extra $25 or $100 a month! And it doesn’t have to be paid for, because . . . Well, never you mind about that!

The blue circles are the proposals by each party. The black – it’s the postpartisan wonder worked by Obama. He managed to secure $36,000 more tax cuts to the wealthy than the R even wanted!.

The graph comes from here (somehow Ezra Klein uses it to prove that the deal is worthwhile). His comment on this

All groups are getting more under this framework, but on an individual level, the wealthy are getting much, much more. The question, at the end of the day, is whether stopping them from getting it is worth cutting benefits for the unemployed, and tax cuts for middle-income Americans, and the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Of course, for us this is deja vu. I remember Stupak and friends being similarly surprised

β€œIt’s more than what we thought we would get.”

As someone tweeted recently:

If I am ever in a hostage situation, please, don’t let Obama negotiate my release

Now back to Bernie Sanders fillibuster.


It seems the more one looks at this disaster, the more instances of “more than we hoped for” are revealed. Check this headline

Estate Tax Bill Introduced, Containing More Pleasant Surprises for Rich

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has introduced legislation implementing the tax-cut deal that President Obama struck with Congressional Republicans. As expected the legislation restores the estate tax for two years with an exemption of $5 million and a 35 percent tax rates for estates over that amount, but the bill also contains several unexpected provisions that would make it easier for the well-off to transfer their wealth tax-free