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When is a tax hike not a tax hike? It depends on what the meaning of the word "i

The Associated Press is out with some interesting reporting on the rhetoric that both sides are using in the debt and spending debate in Washington
Here are a few of the phrases the president has used of late to talk about what amounts to raising taxes for some:

-"We need to take on spending in the tax code."

-"The tax cuts I'm proposing we get rid of are tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires; tax breaks for oil companies and hedge fund managers and corporate jet owners."

-"You can't reduce the deficit to the levels that it needs to be reduced without having some revenue in the mix."

And here's how Republicans respond:

-"Tax hikes on families and job creators would only make things worse." - House Speaker John Boehner.

-"The focus for us is to make sure that we are not increasing taxes on individuals who are the job creators, and like it or not, the job creators are those who can be successful in a small business context." - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

-"Democrats seem to think the solution to our debt crisis is to ask taxpayers and struggling businesses to reward their economic stewardship with even more money to spend as they please." - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

- "What we need to do is to have a balanced approach where everything is on the table."

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Democratic Unity in Erie County

Erie County Democrats are under pressure to try and come together.  The move of Sam Hoyt to a state job, and chair Len Lenihan to a state party job i sseen as a big push from Albany to try and get Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and others on the same page.  But in the process, it may have exposed even more fractures too.



Hear Erie County Elections Comissioner Dennis Ward on the latest.

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Hochul on the Washington Debt and Deficit Talks

Cong. Kathy Hochul ran in part on having no changes to medicare, and her party embraced the idea as a template for future congressional elections.  Yet the head of the party, President Barack Obama has suggested that Medicare and Social Security changes could be on the table, in exchange for the tax hikes that he wants to see in a $4 trillion debt reduction plan.

Hear what Hochul said about this, on a recent Hardline program

The size of a deficit-cutting package is one of the issues still to be worked out as President Barack Obama and congressional negotiators sit down again y at the White House. Obama still wants to see revenue increases as part of any agreement, but Republicans remain firmly opposed.

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Vice President Cuomo? Nah

Fred Dicker points to a prediction from former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, saying Pres. Obama could tap Andrew Cuomo as VP, if Joe Biden slides over into State to replace Hillary Clinton.

In his NY Post Column today, Dicker  fans the flames with this quote from former NYS Republican Party Chair Bill Powers: "I don't think there's any doubt Obama is going to pick him as his running mate. The president is in trouble and [Vice President Joseph Biden doesn't bring anything to his ticket."

But neither a staunch Republican like Canisius Political Science Prof. Kevin Hardwick, the county legislator-- nor the slightly more liberal Prof. Bruce Bryski at Buffalo State College --  see it happening.    Sez Bryski: "it doesn't make any sense for Obama, It doesn't make any sense for Cuomo." 

And they aren't alone. The London Daily Telegraph's DC Correspondent Toby Harnden in his column " Ten Reasons Why Andrew Cuomo Will Not Be Barack Obama's 2012 running mate," writes  "
 
Such a move would be a stunning admission of failure by Obama – not the way he would want to start of the 2012 campaign."
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EC GOP Turmoil? : So what

In the past, Republicans seldom spoke out publicaly against one another.  Wasn't Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment "Thou Shalt Not Speak Ill of Another Republican"?   But If you read between the lines of this past Sunday's discussion about the Erie County GOP, I think you an argue that this one is no longer however carved in a stone tablet. 

In fact, if you are talking about carving.... let's stick with the metaphor.... the long knives are out.

Point #1: There are enough disgruntled Republicans out there, disenchanted by the ill fated Jane Corwin congressional campaign and those who ran it to suggest that lockstep unity is not automatic.  Tea NY Leader Rus Thompson says he is most likely to support Chris Collins for County Executive, but less likely to work with GOP Chair Nick Langworthy and others in control.  Ditto ex Paladino operative Mike Caputo, who went out of his way to fire a salvo at Langworthy, in the form of his on air comments, and the accompanying commentary at WBEN.com 

Point #2:  It may not matter. Even those with liberal leanings (Artvoice Editor Geoff Kelly) or really sharp axes to grind (Ex county exec Joel Giambra) will say-- and recently did say on air -- that Caputo and Thompson don't have a massive base in terms of boots on the ground.  Tree in the forest time. 

Suburban Republicans outnumber Democrats and are likely to support Collins regardless. And as long as he has a campaign warchest of considerable size, a record of fiscal conservatism, and the money to remind you about it with daily campaign mailers, he's on his way.   

Is it worth noting that the stone tablet has some cracks in it? Sure. Is the mountain too high to climb? Absolutely not.
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Why Doesn't Debo Play Gotcha More Often?

As long as I've done the Hardline program, I've got emails like this, wondering why I don't play gotcha as much as any particular listener would like. 
"Last sunday's show was awful. the state dem chairman talking about how well democrats run counties when they have ruined every major city in the country? a self-espoused lefty 'newspaper' editor and a life long democrat conveniently turned republican discussing the state of the republican party? joel's feigned ignorance of the tea party? geoff's flippant unchallenged responses to callers? ..... In closing mr debo, you need to grow a spine and get better informed. the show would be better if you challenged your guests instead of chuckling along when they insult the callers. "
 It's a complaint I've heard  before. I get criticized for not challenging the more conservative guests enough too.

And for the most part, the writer is correct.  Any interview can be improved by having more background, and deeper questions.  But there also comes a point where I have to trust that you and other bright listeners will be able to discern where a guest is coming from, and weigh the opinions accordingly.

If you are smart enough to recall Joel Giambra's past or sense Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly's slant, then isn't everybody? And if not, do I dare dumb the show down for the rest of them, and risk losing your interest?

Our country was founded on the idea that you could hear every point of view; that’s what Thomas Payne was all about. And as long as I open it up for calls, don't always feature the same slant each week or each segment, and don't inject too much of myself into the program, I think balance is possible. 

As long as the guests are informed and articulate, I don't think I'm shortchanging anyone in the process.
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Why Doesn't Debo Play Gotcha More Often?

As long as I've done the Hardline program, I've got emails like this, wondering why I don't play gotcha as much as any particular listener would like. 
"Last sunday's show was awful. the state dem chairman talking about how well democrats run counties when they have ruined every major city in the country? a self-espoused lefty 'newspaper' editor and a life long democrat conveniently turned republican discussing the state of the republican party? joel's feigned ignorance of the tea party? geoff's flippant unchallenged responses to callers? ..... In closing mr debo, you need to grow a spine and get better informed. the show would be better if you challenged your guests instead of chuckling along when they insult the callers. "
 It's a complaint I've heard  before. I get criticized for not challenging the more conservative guests enough too.

And for the most part, the writer is correct.  Any interview can be improved by having more background, and deeper questions.  But there also comes a point where I have to trust that you and other bright listeners will be able to discern where a guest is coming from, and weigh the opinions accordingly.

If you are smart enough to recall Joel Giambra's past or sense Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly's slant, then isn't everybody? And if not, do I dare dumb the show down for the rest of them, and risk losing your interest?

Our country was founded on the idea that you could hear every point of view; that’s what Thomas Payne was all about. And as long as I open it up for calls, don't always feature the same slant each week or each segment, and don't inject too much of myself into the program, I think balance is possible. 

As long as the guests are informed and articulate, I don't think I'm shortchanging anyone in the process.
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