Monday, July 25, 2011

The Two Competing Plans Right Now (July 25 @ 3 p.m.)

Here's a good account of the two plans. Well written.

But here's the problem. The parties can't agree on the solution. What they need to do first is: "forget the numbers". Then they need to negotiate on the points of the package. For example:

A. Will there be a debt ceiling raise? (The answer is a definite and obvious 'yes'.)
A1. If so, how much? Negotiate that.
A2. Once we agree to A1, negotiate the timing or the number of stages.

B. Will there be spending cuts?
B1. If so, how much? Negotiate that.
B2. Once we agree to B1, then agree to when.

C. Will there revenue increases?
C1. Is so, how much? Negotiate that.
C2. Once we agree to C1, then agree to where and what programs?
C3. Once we agree to C2, then negotiate timing for each cut.

D. Nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to.

This is all "basic negotiating 101". I can't believe these guys can't sit down and do that. They need either a facilitator or a mediator. There's lots of good ones around.

Just heard two minutes ago on CNN B.O. has okayed the Democrat approach. That won't fly. It may have to be dictated! Take a look.

Republicans, Democrats shop competing debt relief plans - The Globe and Mail



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