Originally Posted by mr. tegu
I thought they were trying to disarm the public one step at a time?
I hope you're not as blind as your statement sounds.
The shoot for the moon with the shock and awe fear tactics and "settling" for less is not an uncommon political or even financial bargaining tactic. Agents do it every day to maximize their clients payday.
If it passes it's a short term small step win and lets the sheep feel like "It could have been worse", all the while you're planning the next move to keep the slow and steady train moving in your direction.