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  •  "Slimdown" implies permanence. (7+ / 0-)

    I'm being pessimistic, maybe, but they can maintain a "slimdown" indefinitely, at least rhetorically speaking. A shutdown implies a future reopening. A "slimdown" implies a permanent, leaner state.

    "I wish you luck on not hating your parents for mixing up such an unthinkable person." --The frickin´ HP--

    by McWaffle on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 12:03:53 PM PDT

    •  I'm sure this is what they're going to try next.. (4+ / 0-)
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      McWaffle, jds1978, WheninRome, Anjana

      Individual bills to fund bits and pieces of the federal gov't, while keeping the bulk of it shut down... in an effort to get the Democrats to "vote against funding X". They're trying to make it the "new normal", like they're doing with the sequester.

      I hope the Democrats don't fall for this crap - a clean complete bill, or nothing.  Quit playing games & wasting time.

      Freedom isn't free. That's why we pay taxes.

      by walk2live on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 12:16:52 PM PDT

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      •  It's win-win for Republicans (3+ / 0-)
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        sethtriggs, Anjana, marsanges

        If Dems don't vote to fund the VA, for example, they can stand up at a presser and say "We offered to fund the VA, no strings attached, and they REFUSED."

        If Dems DO vote to fund the V.A., the Republicans all of a sudden have complete control of federal government expenditures. They can mail out a few SS checks and line up a few VA benefits so they don't alienate their base while keeping the rest shut down.

        I guess I just don't see any incentive for the Republicans to ever pass a clean CR. Or any CR. The entire damn American government is built around the assumption that the people in it have SOME sense of civic duty. Even if you're corrupt as hell, you still vote on banal stuff like CRs to keep the lights on. Because that way you can continue to be corrupt. These guys now just don't care. There's no reason NOT to burn the whole thing down. Somebody get these guys some government kickbacks so they have at least a PERSONAL stake in keeping the government running.

        "I wish you luck on not hating your parents for mixing up such an unthinkable person." --The frickin´ HP--

        by McWaffle on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 12:27:25 PM PDT

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    •  Fox News does realize that 95% of dieters (0+ / 0-)

      eventually gain the weight back, yes?  ;-)

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