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  •  but, here is the bigger point: there will always (0+ / 0-)

    be something for conservatives to hold out and say, "give us what we want or we will let these people suffer." And the Dems have basically proven again and again that they will let go of a bigger agenda in order to save whatever the hostage of the day is. There will always be a hostage.

    And, see, we can't really effectively take hostages. The wealthy aren't going to be unable to eat or keep their homes or go to the doctors, no matter what is done to the tax code. So, we can never put anything on the table which would cause them to suffer enough that they would cave in on anything else.

    We simply can't negotiate with hostage-takers. How far down the abyss will we be before we come to terms with that?

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