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  •  My fellow Americans... (7+ / 0-)

    "Throughout the following week you have no doubt heard Speaker Boehner state repeatedly that I am a bad president, that I am somehow not doing my job because I refuse to allow a few fringe members of the GOP to threaten economic collapse if I do not give in to some vague, non-specific demands regarding repeal of your health insurance plan.

    Earlier today I called Speaker Boehner to tell him something in no uncertain terms which I will now share with you: 'It is not the policy of the US to negotiate with terrorists'.

    Now I know that 'terrorist' is a strong word, and that it is not a word that should ever apply to, nor be used against a sitting member of congress. However, when you threaten to destroy the government and the financial standing of the government of the US, you are a terrorist--and that is not becoming of the US House of Representatives, it's not befitting of YOU Mr. Speaker.

    Now you have repeatedly shown that you aren't sure what you want to get out of these negotiations, you have no firm position other than that I lose, so I'm going to tell you now my position: Pass a clean CR AND a clean debt limit suspension today, within the next 12 hours, or I will begin taking immediate, executive actions in order to prevent the collapse of the United States of America."

    ...a man can dream, a man can dream...

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