kal: I don't see why you guys are bagging on Obama
Because it's the thing to do whenever he reaches a compromise with the Republicans that contains things liberals don't like, that's why. Erik Erikson isn't happy and the left-wing blogosphere isn't happy. Sounds like a win to me.
Oh and as for the whole "but the Dems control the WH and the Senate!" business, terrific. The teabaggers control the House of Representatives, and you need all three of those institutions to get something done, so yeah concessions were made to them. Getting defense cuts as part of the trigger down the road wasn't nothing, but of course people who've made it their mission in life to bemoan every move Obama makes will focus exclusively on all the crap parts of the deal, even though everyone should have assumed there were going to be some. That's what constitutes a deal. Furthermore, I've heard a few times now some member of the Progressive Caucus or another talking about how the GOP got everything they wanted here. No they didn't. This package is to the left of the Boehner bill that most of them hated, well to the left of their "Cut Cap and Balance" proposal, and it's most certainly to the left of the Paul Ryan plan. So yeah, no one is happy.
And I already expect the troll icons, so bring it.