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  •  the House cannot pass a budget (34+ / 0-)

    without one side threatening to either destroy the full faith and credit of the United States, or to impose massive budget cuts across the board. Each time they meet to deal with it, they end up kicking the can down the road and/or spawning another crisis. It's total paralysis.

    Terrorism as tactic to gain legislative advantage--that's really something we haven't seen since just before the Civil War.

    One of the reasons that this faction continues to be so powerful is that certain congressional districts are so gerrymandered that it's almost impossible for a Democrat to win there. The GOP is therefore as free to move to the right as it wants. And the 1% are pumping money into GOP primaries in those districts to push the party rightward. They are totally unrepresentative of the American electorate, yet there is virtually no way they can be removed from power.

    Those Republicans who are not teabaggers are voting with the teabaggers because they're scared shitless of being primaried from the right. And in the end they probably will be primaried and replaced by teabaggers.

    Unless we have a wave election strong enough to knock out enough of those extremists out of office, they will continue to exercise outsized influence in Congress.

    And that brings us to Democratic complicity. Obama is not willing to stand up the Republicans and force them to back down. He's shirking his duty as chief executive. The GOP is threatening economic collapse and he says there's nothing, nothing he can do--except to compromise with them.

    He has no interest in ending this deadlock, either--indeed, he wants it to continue. He sees it as an opportunity to force the Democrats to agree to his austerity program on cuts to SS/Medicare--if they don't go along, then they'll be blamed for letting the GOP blow up the economy.

    No one in Washington wants this deadlock to end, both sides hope to profit from it politically. And they see nothing wrong with risking economic havoc to do so. Obama is confident that the Democrats will give in before letting the economy collapse, and the GOP just doesn't care.

    Kury is right, the Union is on the verge of coming apart at the seams. The government is almost totally broken and it's being kept that way in order to pass an austerity program that most of the country strongly opposes. And it's only downhill from here.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 03:26:14 PM PST

    •  There ya go ...Republicans can bring back canings! (1+ / 0-)
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      Wimpy ol' Democrats will then cringe whenever a cane-carrying Repub walks into a session of Congress, and not defy them.
      Hmmm... though they seem to be doing the same thing now WITHOUT canes.

      Ash-sha'b yurid isqat an-nizzam!

      by fourthcornerman on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 11:28:24 PM PST

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    •  Another excursion into fantasy land. (7+ / 0-)
      Obama is not willing to stand up the Republicans and force them to back down. He's shirking his duty as chief executive.
      Precisely how does Obama, or any president, override the House of Representatives? Sternly worded letters? You have the grand rhetoric of the totally irresponsible.

      The House is designed to be a necessary part of government. Saying you're going to do this or do that without telling us how you plan to get a majority in the House to agree with it is like saying to a guy who's being choked, "I don't see why you don't do anything. After all, your lungs and your mouth are still in working order!"

      "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

      by sagesource on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 02:37:30 AM PST

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