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  •  I think you mean to say .... (13+ / 0-)

    balls. That is, they should have the balls to name spending cuts. But they won't. Because they haven't done the math. Or they've done the math -- polling math -- and know that their proposed cuts are deeply unpopular. That's what Romney/Ryan did and that's why they LOST.

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    by LiberalLady on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 04:21:16 PM PST

    •  The math they've done is election math. The GOP (0+ / 0-)

      ... ain't gonna go first. If they are pressed, it'll be an across-the-board cut - letting the agencies and departments do the triage -  with certain programs and departments off the list (like Homeland Security). If they were smart, they'd make cuts in a few programs the Defense Department doesn't want, and argue their approach is even-handed. Why, many in the MSM might even swallow that.

      Republicans are not unaware. They don't know how to do the next step and avoid pain. (In fact: We don't either!) Haranguing on the evils of the Rising Deficit/Irresponsibly High Debt Load is all they have going for them. As soon as they descend from high principle to specifics, they start losing votes and losing voters. Moreover, the lobbyists - a new Congressman's new best friends - will descend to protect the programs meaningful to their special interests.

      The drive to be reelected is more important than anything else and the house makes it happen (except in truly safe districts) every two years, which means the fundraising starts soon ... and worse, they are balancing on the edge of a cliff of their own making.

      2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

      by TRPChicago on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 05:49:34 PM PST

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