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  •  They didn't spike the cannon, just rolled it back. (0+ / 0-)

    This is not an issue of taking a vote every three months, as this article states. This is a matter of hanging the Sword of Damocles over the country's head every three months, or two months next time, or whatever their little hearts desire. It's a horrible idea to support it in any way, shape, or form.

    •  Well, Pelosi and the WH are against the deal... (2+ / 0-)
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      Capt Crunch, Eyesbright there is no deal on this. So we're right back where we were before (Krugman's premature mea culpa notwithstanding), just with the GOP having attempted to shift the debate to the budget instead of their economic hostage-taking on the debt ceiling.

      it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

      by Addison on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 10:10:37 AM PST

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    •  If by "cannon" you mean "water pistol" (2+ / 0-)
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      Beetwasher, Overseas

      and by "Sword of Damocles" you mean "the comfy chair," then, yeah.

      Republicans will not take the heat for putting the U.S. into default because of their insistence on really unpopular cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Only about 1/3 of House Republicans have a death wish for their own political future.

      •  Very droll, but wrong. (1+ / 0-)
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        Capt Crunch

        One only need look back to 2011 to see the potential ramifications. Suicidal? Highly doubtful with the hugely funded propaganda apparatus the Right has in place.

        •  It's not 2011 anymore (0+ / 0-)

          It's not even 2012. Things change as time goes by, you know.

          If you're correct about the strength of the Republicans' political position right now, then how do you explain why they are preparing to bravely run away from the upcoming debt ceiling showdown?

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