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How to Negotiate Budgets

Here and here.


We are totally screwing up the messaging. My proposal herein may not have all the numbers add up exactly on each of the two parts of it, and frankly, I don’t care. That wasn’t the point — and it is silly to get hung up on exact numbers anyway. The important thing is to make our side look and sound like something the public should like. 

Here’s a key idea in the first:  

[F]iscal conservatives should highlight specific cuts not begrudgingly, but as if the cuts themselves are gifts to their constituents.

Tactically, here’s an example of the sort of thing I describe:

The House, for instance, could pass two bills to ward off the (poorly named) fiscal cliff. The first would extend the Bush-era upper-income tax cuts along with perhaps the expanded per-child tax credit also at risk of expiring – but coupled with the closing of a some upper-income loopholes and deductions and with the easiest, most popular of spending cuts to make it revenue-neutral.

This is important. We always lose when we try to do too much at once.

Meanwhile, I agree with Ali and Patrick Ruffini, etcetera, about the long-term needs for tech geeks and all sorts of other improvements. But in the short run, we need to learn how to tie better legislative packaging with better PR packaging — so that BOTH sorts of packaging work together and give us strategic and tactical negotiating edges.

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