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  •  We're gonna have to find out now (10+ / 0-)

    We ARE holding the cards. We run the risk of destroying everything either way. But goddammit, we can no longer let those people dictate everything with blackmail and extortion.

    This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

    by lunachickie on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 06:48:30 AM PDT

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    •  Nice sentiment. (1+ / 0-)
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      But when your goal is to shutdown government, it's not really blackmail -- it's delivering on a promise.  Remember what Reagan told them -- government is the problem.

      I am not suggesting that we make any concessions. What I am saying is the matter will get resolved in the same way whether we do or don't: They are going to destroy government as we knew it.

      If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

      by Bensdad on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 09:56:31 AM PDT

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      •  Yes, isn't it? (1+ / 0-)
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        A nice sentiment, I mean.

        If everyone sounded like you, maybe you'd be right.

        the matter will get resolved in the same way whether we do or don't
        Fortunately, not everyone is going around all sure they know it's a done deal before the fact.

        And not for nothin', but those who do that around here regularly tend to get branded as a "Hater". And I've always wondered why that brush never seems to smear you. Maybe I've just never seen it....?
         

        This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

        by lunachickie on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 04:08:42 PM PDT

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        •  Bensdad is not a hater. (0+ / 0-)

          He said nothing in a hateful way AND he's correct.  Blackmail is when you use secret personal information to extract a payment or action.  They aren't threatening to expose any secrets about Obama, here.  They are merely using lies and deceit to extract a payment.  That's extortion.  Since the Rep's have sworn to uphold the constitution, and the 14th Amend demands that they honor the nation's debt, they are also in violation of Constitutional Law.  They should be arrested the second we go into default...and we are going into default.

          "When you think about the money spent/on defense by the government/& the weapons of destruction we've built/we're so sure that we need/then you think of the millions that money could feed/How long?" J Browne

          by rainmanjr on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 09:23:27 PM PDT

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