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  •  Having a Civil War was silly, too, but (1+ / 0-)
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    we did.  Lincoln subverted some key elements of our democracy in order to engage in that war.

    Shit happens, you know.

    I don't really care about the coin one way or another.  I care about the fact that this country is so fucked up that one side is talking about creating economic collapse and the other is talking about putting fucking Ronald Reagan's name on yet another American "icon".  sigh.

    •  Having a Civil War was not silly (0+ / 0-)

      after the South seceded.  

      But, the assumption that Republicans will take the debt limit hostage again is probably not warranted.  Gingrich has already pointed out the political reality that they would have to cave in the end.  Larry F'ing Kudlow on CNBC, who is the biggest Republican propagandist not employed by Fox, has been arguing against it.  The Republicans already have their orders, there's not enough crazies to make it happen, while Boehner is speaker.

      The sleep of reason brings forth monsters. --Goya

      by MadScientist on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 09:27:26 AM PST

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      •  Alrighty then (1+ / 0-)
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        we don't need to mint the coin unless they do.  Personally I would rather have a better backup plan than chained CPI.

        If the Republicans ever find out that Barack Obama favors respiration, we'll be a one-party system inside two minutes. - Alan Lewis

        by MadRuth on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 09:38:18 AM PST

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      •  Seriously missed the point of the analogy. (1+ / 0-)
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        The point is that unimaginable shit happens when unimaginable shit happens.

        You can't imagine the GOP doing their debt ceiling dance again.  Well, fine.  Lots of people could not imagine the South seceding either.  My poor dumb relative Buchanan spent his Presidency placating all of the parties to the point where confidence was lost and everyone was at odds.

        Personally, I never imagined that our country would come out in support of and engage in torture and secret prisons either, but that doesn't mean that that did not all happen.

        The limitations of anyone's imagination are not necessarily the reflection of what ultimately becomes reality.

        Anyway, we'll see what happens.  As far as I'm concerned, the Flying Spaghetti Monster swooping in and addressing Congress wouldn't surprise me at this point.

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