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  •  If the Thugs again con the Dems (10+ / 0-)

    into ransoming the latest hostage, they will be justified in their continued belief that crime pays.

    When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill...

    by PhilJD on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 07:03:50 AM PST

    •  Wait for it. Caving on the threshold will happen (10+ / 0-)

      unless the crazy Repubs bail out the Dems once again.

      It's really pretty funny.  The chickenshit Dems keep bailing out the Repubs by caving into their demands and the crazy Repubs in turn bail out the Dems by rejecting the offers that weaken the Dems.  Maybe that's what compromise looks like these days.

      The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

      by accumbens on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 07:34:07 AM PST

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      •  It gets old, counting on teabagger intransigence (8+ / 0-)

        to save America from "bipartisanship."  

        When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill...

        by PhilJD on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 07:46:40 AM PST

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        •  It gets old about (3+ / 0-)
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          progressives envying the tea party

        •  it gets old seeing (0+ / 0-)

          posts from same old naysayers with nothing constructive to offer the discussion.

          easy to sit back and throw darts.

          mittens=edsel. no matter how much money is spent to promote it, if the product sucks, no one will buy it.

          by wewantthetruth on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 09:01:46 AM PST

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          •  I'll take the liberty of *constructively* quoting (0+ / 0-)

            something I posted a few weeks ago, on why the Cliff is the best deal out there:

            The tax increases on incomes lower than $250,000 aren't likely to stand. Nancy Pelosi can't initiate a stand-alone tax-cut bill herself, but she, the President, the whole damn party, can loudly advocate for Boehner (or maybe Cantor by then) to bring such a bill to the House floor. The Thugs would cave. What choice do they have? The GOP--the anti-tax party--can hardly be seen to be blocking tax cuts for 98% of all Americans. That would send them to the electoral wilderness for a decade.

            The across-the-board cuts in social programs like Head-start required by sequestration are painful, no question, as is the lack of an immediate extension of Unemployment Insurance. This time though, the Dems hold the only hostage the Thugs give a damn about: the Defense budget. We can trade some of it back, in return for most of the social cuts. Done right, we could still end up with substantial Defense cuts impossible to achieve otherwise.

            That's what real compromise looks like.

            When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill...

            by PhilJD on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 09:12:39 AM PST

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