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  •  Bush's ability to take the country to war (1+ / 0-)
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    JC from IA

    and win re-election was dependent on his ability to pay for the wars on the credit card while inflating the bubble.  The message that government must live within its means is one the seniors who vote overwhelmingly for GOP on the theory that their SS and medicare money comes from the sky, and other groups need to hear.

    Medicare Advantage is NOT a program of Keynsian economic stimulus.

    •  The "message that government (1+ / 0-)
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      must live within its means" is one that only seems to apply to Democrats, and it only seems to apply in the wake of a half-decade of Republican profligacy.

      It is a cudgel that the Republicans use to impose a largely arbitrary fiscal discipline, much like the IMF dictating terms to a debtor nation.

      The timing for this particular austerity rampage is particularly bad. Unemployment in the shitter, economic growth weak, and almost exclusively centered in the very financial sector that got us into this mess in the first place. And that phantasmic profit is largely generated by shuffling papers around, axing jobs, and accepting massive bailouts from the government and discounted loans from the Fed.

      So why now? Why, this instant, must we all tighten our belts? Why not two years from now, on the cusp of an upswing in hiring, when there might actually be some revenue to draw upon?

      But, for the Republicans, there's never any time like the present when it comes to hammering Dems with the disingenuous message of "fiscal restraint."

      I'm tired of the Dems always having to pick up after the Repulicans' shit.

      Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

      by Dale on Thu Aug 04, 2011 at 12:29:32 PM PDT

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      •  this is politics not sense (0+ / 0-)

        The GOP demands cuts. The Dems for years have played the sucker game of "NO PLEASE DON'T HURT THE CHILDREN".  They are now sheltering SS/Medicare/Medicaid and saying go ahead, cut some fat defense contracts.

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