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  •  Some right wing idiots have swallowed (1+ / 0-)
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    the deficit BS.  Some uninformed middle of the roaders have as well

    Most others don't give a rats ass.  The only deficit they're concerned about is in their wallets.  

    If the economy was humming along and people were not struggling to make ends meet, NOBODY would give a shit about deficits.  

    The fact that people are objecting to the Ryan/Repub economic plan tells you all you need to know.  The people are objecting to the cuts being made, especially when they're being made in conjunction with tax cuts for the rich.  The issue is less about deficit reduction and more about fairness.   The recognize that something needs to be done, but they object to the premise that in order to balance the budget you have to do it on the backs of the 95% at the lower end of the economic scale.

    Frankly I hope that the GOP continue their austerity push.  They'll be swept out of office so fast they'll think a tornado swept by.

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Mon May 09, 2011 at 05:14:12 AM PDT

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    •  Deficit is one of those issues the Repubs whip out (5+ / 0-)

      ....when they got nothing else to harp about.

      The only reason it gets traction is because the Village jumps on board, then the Dems try to prove they care about the deficit too.

      If the Village or the Dems wouldn't play the game, it wouldn't work nearly as well.

      Ideology is an excuse to ignore common sense.

      by Bush Bites on Mon May 09, 2011 at 05:21:19 AM PDT

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      •  Notice when the Repubs are running up the deficit. (5+ / 0-)

        They don't say a word about it, and neither does anybody else.

        It's an issue that has some basis in fact, but it's predominately a political issue manufactured by Repubs and triggered by them whenever it's needed.

        Ideology is an excuse to ignore common sense.

        by Bush Bites on Mon May 09, 2011 at 05:26:55 AM PDT

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        •  Well they do talk about it (2+ / 0-)
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          Mistral Wind, thorn in your side

          Remember "Deficits don't matter" from Cheney?

          From 2004:

          Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill was told "deficits don't matter" when he warned of a looming fiscal crisis.
          O'Neill, fired in a shakeup of Bush's economic team in December 2002, raised objections to a new round of tax cuts and said the president balked at his more aggressive plan to combat corporate crime after a string of accounting scandals because of opposition from "the corporate crowd," a key constituency.

          O'Neill said he tried to warn Vice President Dick Cheney that growing budget deficits-expected to top $500 billion this fiscal year alone-posed a threat to the economy. Cheney cut him off. "You know, Paul, Reagan proved deficits don't matter," he said, according to excerpts. Cheney continued: "We won the midterms (congressional elections). This is our due." A month later, Cheney told the Treasury secretary he was fired.

          The vice president's office had no immediate comment, but John Snow, who replaced O'Neill, insisted that deficits "do matter" to the administration.

          How come the dove gets to be the peace symbol? How about the pillow? It has more feathers than the dove and doesn't have that dangerous beak. Jack Handey

          by skohayes on Mon May 09, 2011 at 06:10:41 AM PDT

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