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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A Former IRS Tax Lawyer's Advice for Resolving the Government Shutdown Through Negotiation


So [Michele] Bachmann, and many other Republicans, remain unafraid as the clock ticks down. “I don’t get upset about brinksmanship,” she told me. “That’s what negotiation is. I was a federal tax lawyer. That’s all I did — negotiation. And in negotiation, you usually don’t get anywhere until the final five minutes, and then everybody realizes OK, we’re going to have to break and actually make this thing happen. That’s how negotiation works.”

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Well, we know why she isn't pursuing a lucrative and successful career as a tax lawyer.

Posted by: Barry | Oct 2, 2013 5:29:18 AM

How to you negiotiate with your employer about doing your job? If I refused to do my job until the CPA accross the hall agreed to buy me lunch I would not have a job. I cannot gerrymander my position.

Posted by: George | Oct 2, 2013 9:38:17 AM

Her statement about negotiations don't succeed until the final five minutes is about the same as the notion about where one finds his misplaced car keys -- they're always in the last place he looks.

Posted by: eli bortman | Oct 3, 2013 4:37:51 AM