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  •  People are tired of endless crises... (16+ / 0-)

    Obama Admin and Dems could simply say this is unacceptable and the GOP need to stop forcing endless crises and kicking the can down the road in a desperate attempt to find better leverage.  

    "The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self awareness" -Annie Savoy (Bull Durham)

    by Jacoby Jonze on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 07:33:34 AM PST

    •  The only thing they (1+ / 0-)
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      will understand is a 2000 point drop in the Dow that every single economist blames on not having a raising of the debt.

    •  Re: endless crises (1+ / 0-)
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      Isnt it the Republican Party who keeps insisting that employment would improve if businesses could have some sense of certainty in the market and as regards taxes? Ironic that it is the very same Party that foments uncertainty isn't it? By creating a fiscal crisis every other month it's almost like they are intentionally keeping markets in a perpetual cycle of uncertainty but they wouldn't do that would they?

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      Their thinking is that: "We propose a 3 month debt increase. The Senate refuses to go along. Then we blame Obama. Eventually Democrats will have to accept a debt ceiling increase that is shorter than they want."

      Their idea is that the people won't unanimously blame them for refusing to raise the Debt ceiling again in April, IF in the mean-time people start to realize that Obama wants to negotiate cuts in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to enact his "grand bargain."

      Then everyone will be furious and disgusted with BOTH parties and Republicans won't get all the blame, like they would now.

      The ONLY way Obama and the Democrats can possibly win is NOT TO NEGOTIATE spending cuts either! He has to FORCE Republicans to publicly vote for cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, then he has to denounce these cuts and demand the GOP back off their plans to gut the social safety net.

      Chances of this happening are ZERO. Like the article said: "for better or worse, President Obama has already made it clear that he's willing to make more spending cuts"

      There's ZERO effort among Democrats to attack the real problem -- which is Austerity Doesn't Work! We're seeing endless proof of this in Europe, but nobody in Washington is listening to reason!

      The ONLY reason we are in this mess is that Obama has been capitulating like Marshall Petain for 4 years now -- nominating the Catfood Commission, and putting deep cuts to the safety net on the table in his insane negotiating for a "grand bargain."

      Now the public is brainwashed into thinking that the "debt crisis" is real, when it's all a hoax.

      It's not too late to destroy the Republican party by forcing them to own their demands for deep cuts to SS, Medicare & Medicaid, and then refuse to give them any political cover by denouncing these cuts.

      But, Obama would have to give up his insane strategy of cutting the social safety net in order to "balance the budget."

      We KNOW that even if they balance the budget the next GOP President will only blow the deficit open once again on tax cuts for the top 1%.

    •  Democrats should drop references to (0+ / 0-)

      "kicking the can down the road."  That sounds like a bad thing to do, but some of the decisions to be made are long-term (such as Social Security), some have partial solutions already being implemented and we don't know yet what positive effects those proposals might offer (health care, including Medicare and Medicaid), some are just frivolous or mean-spirited (cutting spending on school lunches and food stamps), and some will turn out not to be problems at all if the deficit hawks will spend more energy on figuring out how to put people back to work rather than gnashing their teeth and demonizing the unemployed.  

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 10:15:58 AM PST

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