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  •  Republicans are standing pat. (2+ / 0-)
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    scott5js, ColoTim

    The entire sequester deal was a gamble on both sides.  Like going to war, neither would have done it if they didn't think they could win -- in this case, the 2012 elections.  The Republicans were shocked by the results.  But the sequester is the fallback position, the gains they already have and will defend, much as the basic framework of entitlements has been the Democratic bastion of last resort for thirty years.  They won't give up the advance perimeter they captured in the debt ceiling battle of 2012 until the Democrats have the power to force them from it.  If the Democrats have any sense, THEY won't give up their last stand in the keep of Social Security to seek after feints and respond to insults, the only ammunition the Republicans have left.  We're stuck with the borders drawn at the end of the war, until the next war,  ummm, election.  If we don't win again in 2014, the Keep starts to crumble.  Once we allow any breach in the final wall, of course, the whole thing will fall.

    •  Love your analogy (0+ / 0-)

      I don't consider CCPI to be a breach in the wall.  But, I might consider raising the Medicare eligibility age to be one.  And, means-testing SS and/or Medicare is without a doubt a breach.

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