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  •  Dems caved, Repugs got what they wanted. (16+ / 0-)

    The Republicans are doing to the Dems, exactly what we should have been doing to them.  They let the sequester happen, and now they are going to restore funding to their favorite programs while blaming the Dems for obstructing government funding.

    We had a chance to let the Bush tax cuts expire, then start proposing tax cuts for the middle class and let the Repugs fight against it, but Obama and the Dems caved again, and now the Repugs get more of what they always wanted, cuts in social spending.

    When are these Dems going to quit being cowards and start fighting for something?!

    •  Magic 8-ball Sez... (5+ / 0-)

      Outlook not so good.

      'Guns don't kill people, video games do - paraphrased from Lamar Alexander (Sen-R-TN)'

      by RichM on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 09:04:18 AM PDT

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    •  Hear, hear, pollwatcher. ;-) N/T (3+ / 0-)
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      Aeolos, raincrow, BusyinCA


      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


      by musiccitymollie on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 09:42:02 AM PDT

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    •  For a party that was repudiated at the polls (5+ / 0-)

      the GOP is doing a pretty good job of getting what it wants.  Dems, on the other hand, look more pathetic by the day.  

      •  It is pathetic, isn't it? (6+ / 0-)

        The Dems have won the popular vote in the presidential election in 5 of the last 6 elections,...and won the EC in four of them.  They also held the Senate for three straight elections (including 60 seats in 2009), and the House in two of the last three elections.  

        And,during that period...when it comes to major policy (economic policy, and social policy which affects economics, which is all that really matters to the Right), the Dems have won only one battle.  ONE!  Obamacare.  And, that was watered down so much that even what passed was a big giveaway to the corporate Right, and it almost felt like a loss.  

        On every other issue, it's either been an abject defeat, or an incrementally less horrible defeat.  Even when the GOP "loses", it ends up a win for them.  Look at the fiscal cliff deal - a tiny tax increase on people who won't even notice the difference in exchange for codifying into permanent law 88% of GWB's tax policy.  They'll take that deal.  Look at Sequester - yes, defense spending gets cut, but not weopons systems, not base closures.  From what I've read, most of the cuts will come from laying off civilian defense employees (i.e. there will be fewer government workers).   Another GOP holy grail.

        They are the smart ones.  The next time I read on this site how "dumb" republicans are, I'm going to ask the poster, "if so, then why do you keep losing to them?".

        To channel Dick Cheney:  "Elections don't matter".

        •  Spot on, rmp690. And I also wonder when I hear (0+ / 0-)

          how "dumb" republicans are--how is is that conservatives managed to 'take over' their Party, while we (liberals) have been pretty much completely 'marginalized.'

          They may be 'crackpots' in some areas, but them seem to know who to gain leverage and/or power within their own party.  ;-)


          "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


          by musiccitymollie on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 12:14:30 PM PDT

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