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  •  They aren't giving up a valuable hostage (4+ / 0-)
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    FG, grrr, JamieG from Md, skohayes

    because this particular hostage isn't valuable. It's a loser for them. They are bravely running away. Framing it as a delay in exchange for the budget gimmick is a fig leaf to hide the reality of their surrender to their base.

    They'll have to raise the ceiling in three months time just as much as they have to raise it right now.

    It's not very good strategy, because their base is going to be mightily pissed off with them over what they'll be forced to swallow in the sequestration negotiations. They're backed into the corner there, too.

    •  First rule of hostage taking (0+ / 0-)

      Never take a hostage you are unwilling to shoot. Elmo you are right, they GOP realized they couldn't shoot the hostage.

      I don't think there are any Trojan Horses here at all. The GOP has been very open about the fact that they have other leverage points that are available in the next few months.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 01:52:31 PM PST

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    •  blink (0+ / 0-)

      I hope your right.  maybe it will be different since President Obama is in his second term and doesn't have as much to lose.  

      But do you realize that the deal in January wasn't as great as it could have been if the darn Bush tax cuts had just been allowed to expire and new legislation created?  The two greatest factors in the inequity of our tax code is capital gains and dividends.  This was what allowed Romney to ahve only a 14% tax rate on millions of income.  It was raised some but not restored to its old level and made permanent.  Remember the Republican demand that every dollar in increase be met with a cut to the budget.  Well the payrool stimulus was cut.  i don't know the final result of these two factors but I'd be curious to find out.

      It seems to me that the debt ceiling and sequestration occurring at the same time gives Democrats a better bargaining chip.  The Republicans will negotiate for a more limited cut with the sequestration.  Most likely kicking the can down the road for years for any major cuts.  Then with the debt ceiling negotiations they will demand cuts in domestic programs in exchange to raising the debt ceiling.  This already happened once already.  Why is it that Republicans down't count the cuts Democrats already did?

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