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  •  they're making it because it won't pass, (2+ / 0-)
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    Little Lulu, SciMom

    not in spite of that fact.  There's the distinction.  

    The end game all along was for both sides to come up with the most face-saving and least impactful means to raise the debt ceiling.  Finger pointing on taxes and pretending to cut defense and other budgets is fairly costless.  Note as well that entitlements are exempt from the automatic triggers -- so, establishment dems, when push came to shove, voted to preserve, not cut these programs.  

    "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

    by Loge on Fri Oct 28, 2011 at 02:12:01 PM PDT

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    •  That's hopelessly senseless (4+ / 0-)
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      splintersawry, ferg, wsexson, CTPatriot

      as it merely serves to reinforce the call for austerity.

      One can only call for austerity so often and not be purported to believe in it.

      No nation can be great if it allows its elites to loot with impunity and prosecutes its whistleblowers. Geithner is destroying the things that made America great. -- Bill Black, white-collar criminologist & a former senior financial regulator

      by jboxman on Fri Oct 28, 2011 at 03:45:04 PM PDT

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      •  Again, they're not calling for it (0+ / 0-)

        it is a poison pill.

        "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

        by Loge on Fri Oct 28, 2011 at 04:00:27 PM PDT

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