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  •  "Needs to deal with some crazy people in Congress" (8+ / 0-)

    How will Lew or anybody deal or negotiate with crazy people?

    Herb Cohen, the negotiation expert, says it best;

    NG: How do you negotiate with irrational people?

    HC: The truth is crazy people are the most difficult people to negotiate with. But the way to negotiate with irrational people is behave the way they behave. If they say something that doesn’t make sense, you say something that don’t make sense. In other words, all behavior makes sense from the standpoint of the actor. Crazy people don’t think they’re crazy. Irrational people think they are behaving normally/correctly, but it’s based upon their whacked out experience. So you’ve got to try to understand the experience of the other side.

    So I expect Lew and Obama to coin the trillion dollar platinum coin.  However crazy this seems to some people on our side, it may be the only thing we have to negotiate with these crazy people.

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    by Shockwave on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 01:48:34 PM PST

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