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  •  How does a stare force (0+ / 0-)

    someone to make concrete demands?

    And what happens when the Democrats have to either a) cut Social Security and Medicare or b) see the country default on debts and be thrown into a recession that's even worse than cutting Social Security and Medicare.

    This is why it was a teensy weensy bit important to deal with this in that long-ago era when we had a glimmering of leverage.

    If I'm a Republican, I just don't see the downside to refusing to raise the debt limit until ... well, whatever my little crabbed heart desires.

    "Gussie, a glutton for punishment, stared at himself in the mirror."

    by GussieFN on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 03:25:30 PM PST

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    •  There's no need to cut Social Security (5+ / 0-)

      and a need to open up Medicare-for-all and do some serious policing of it.

      The Congress can be bypassed on the debt-limit, as it's not Constitutional just an internal agreement of one Chamber. The Constitution trumps it. It only takes a modicum of courage to tell the Media/House, "bullshit on your debt ceiling, the full faith and credit of the US will not be questioned" and order Treasury to issue the currency.

      It's only a problem if you pretend that bipartisanshit is the most important thing facing us in our governance.

      The Internet is just the tail of the Corporate Media dog.

      by Jim P on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 04:50:51 PM PST

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