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  •  Starve the beast (8+ / 0-)

    That's the sequester for you. The GOP has reached the point where they will cut defense in order to cut domestic stuff.

    Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

    by blue aardvark on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 06:47:56 AM PST

    •  Or win big in 2014 (2+ / 0-)
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      Perhaps they're banking that forced austerity will win them the senate in 2014. They're already unlikely to lose the house. Plus 2016 and the WH.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 08:13:25 AM PST

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      •  Maybe not. Guess where a whooole lotta those cuts (0+ / 0-)

        are located, thanks to decades of R pork in southern states. A lot of the affected are going to be in R jurisdictions, and then and perhaps only then will we see whether they feel they can ignore their constituents as Boehner said they would when he was sworn in this time. A lost government job is a lost job, not a virtue, when your community and you are the ones who lose it.

    •  I wonder if anyone thought that perhaps they (1+ / 0-)
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      -- they being the republicans -- already have a plan to offset the defense spending cuts and that's why they're confident enough to go on vacation until last minute negotiations are underway.

      Again, they likely have the White House by the...testicles.

      Physics is bulls**t. Don't let them fool you. Fire IS magic.

      by Pescadero Bill on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 08:50:57 AM PST

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      •  Bwa ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha! Ha Ha ha ha! (1+ / 0-)
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        Plan?  Not so much because you see that would imply they have a place they want to get to. THEY positively adore the limbo they have created.

        American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

        by glitterscale on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 10:51:44 AM PST

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