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  •  If the economy 'begins to tank'... (2+ / 0-)
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    chuckvw, Creosote

    ...then it's already too late to save the economy.

    The economy is a really, really big boat. If you, from your vantage point on shore, can see that it's heading towards a bridge piling, it's probably too late to keep it from hitting. And if you, from on shore, can see that it's beginning to sink, then it is just plain totally fucked.

    On the other hand, it's really easy to sink a big boat. Some explosives in the hold, and bam. As with anything useful, it's a lot easier to destroy it than it is to save it.

    •  This Country Needs a Cattle Prod (0+ / 0-)

      Our democracy works at a glacial pace until the shit hits the fan. Then things can happen very quickly if enough people become personally involved.

      I'm afraid it may have to come down to letting the sequester/shutdown happen and then let the public determine what's more important: restoring basic services that most citizens need or spending needless defense dollars that impact a relatively few workers in the M/I complex.

      I think/hope most people will focus on getting a return for their tax dollars as opposed to throwing billions into the M/I sinkhole. People also have to ask themselves if we are really face such a dire existential threat to justify spending on this level.

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