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  •  Republicans are for POWER. They keep at it (13+ / 0-)

    thanks for bringing this up

    with the deadline passed, people breath a sigh of relief

    but, those who are pushing austerity to the limit are keeping up the pressure

    and even with a few victories in the legislative branch, we cannot let our guard down

    if the Democrats came out with the old time New Deal platform, they could wipe the Republicans off the map

    but what I am afraid of is that the Democrats will wilt under the attacks, and claim that they had no other option, and use austerity to go after the remaining social safety net which includes social security and medicare

    •  Indeed, Don Midwest (9+ / 0-)

      There can be no sigh of relief limping from one crisis to the next every few months in a Congress that cannot pass a budget only stop gaps. Republicans seem aware that it takes a crisis to get what one wants so they will keep extending this self induced one from 2011 with Democrats' help of course willingly or unwillingly just enabling it.

      Democrats have proven they can't stand up to this POTUS and his backroom deals. I see no plans for New New Deal on the horizon. I only see them putting the old one in danger and the Great Society.

      Thanks, Don Midwest!

      I don't negotiate grand bargains with deficit terrorists!

      by priceman on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 09:14:45 AM PST

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    •  Democrats don't believe in New Deal anymore (5+ / 0-)
      if the Democrats came out with the old time New Deal platform, they could wipe the Republicans off the map
      They'll never do it because while they are afraid of Republican attacks, the brutal truth is that the Democrats themselves simply don't believe in New Deal style relief and interventionism anymore.  I'm not entirely sure what they do believe in ... but it's not that.

      I hate and fear the right wing, but I respect them a hell of a lot more than I do liberals.  I have a much clearer vision in my head of the world they want to create and I know that they will do whatever they can do to make that world a reality. Between our side's circumspect rhetoric and consistent lack of spine, heart, guts, balls, what have you, I'm not at all sure what we can or will do to fix things and make tomorrow better than today and the day after tomorrow even better than that.

      The reality of American politics is that Democrats are the conservative party: you can generally trust them to maintain the status quo at all costs and at most tinker around the edges to preserve the core of our system which is held to be simply untouchable.  It's Republicans who are the radical, revolutionary, brave new world party who want to change everything and bring about what they see as a bright future.  It's a crime that they're the party that feels that way.

      Something's wrong when the bad guys are the utopian ones.

      by Visceral on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 09:21:35 AM PST

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    •  Yet the "serious" Democrats insist that everyone (4+ / 0-)

      wants compromise and deficit and debt reduction.

      The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

      by Words In Action on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 10:39:54 AM PST

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