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With the fiscal cliff crisis over, and while the ink that sealed the deal is still wet, the drama continues. During this last crisis, it was a sure thing the Republicans would lose. However, there is a desperate side America came to know about the Republican Party that bares no shame. When their backs are against the wall, and they have little to none bargaining tools, most terrorist do what: take hostages to increase their leverage. The Republican's tactic, a page out of hostage taking 101, has a victim, a ransom, and a self destructive nature to it.

The Republicans played this hostage game with the fiscal cliff crisis and was willing to hurt real people in the process. Yes, real people would of been hurt when their unemployment benefits dried up. In the state of Illinois alone. 90,000 unemployed people would of loss their benefits. The national figure surely would of been much bigger.

Cutting entitlements has been a stable in the Republicans "wish" list for years. After all is said and done, the Republicans own this gaol as it it were the 11nt commandment. Cut social security, cut welfare spending, cut food stamps, but just don't cut military spending. For Republicans, cutting how much we are able to destroy another country is usually off the table. However, cutting the benefits of the poor and middle class was on the table during the fiscal cliff crisis, and, in case you didn't know it, they will be included in the up coming debt ceiling crisis.

The fearless behavior the Republicans enjoy is built on a tried and proven premise: Voters Forget. What else could it be? They didn't have any other sound advantage regarding the fiscal cliff crisis, and as it stands, they don't seem to have one for the debt ceiling crisis. When politicians, or anyone for this matter, plays around with people's money, you can throw that idea about forgetting right out the window. The 2014 elections will bare this out.


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  •  Musta seen Blazing Saddles (0+ / 0-)

    and think we will fall for them taking themselves hostage. We saw the movie too so it are not gonna work!

    Our money system is not what we have been led to believe. The creation of money has been "privatized," or taken over by private money lenders. Thomas Jefferson called them “bold and bankrupt adventurers just pretending to have money.” webofdebt

    by arealniceguy on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 11:56:39 PM PST

  •  A bit early to speculate on 2014 (0+ / 0-)

    Perhaps we can revisit that aspect of your diary in about 60 days or so.

    Republicans, with the help of a few Democrats, have been fiddlefucking around with people's money in one way or another for a long time now. If voters haven't figured it out by now, there's something else going on.

    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 12:14:18 AM PST

  •  The Debt Ceiling will only be a crisis (2+ / 0-)
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    bluezen, InformedDiva

    If the Democrats allow it to be.

    The GOP have no leverage in that debate other than a threat to throw the world economy into chaos if they don't get what they want.

    The problem is that Boehner will, once again be forced to abandon the Hastert Rule, and Nancy will dig him out of a hole.

    Wall Street and the Banks will not allow the economic terrorists in the GOP to lose them money.

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    by twigg on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 02:42:37 AM PST

    •  I wish that's how it would play out (1+ / 0-)
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      But, I suspect that the hostage taking script will be dutifully reported as meaningful and relevant by the loyal punditry - even if the Democratic caucuses hold firm.

      So, whatever the eventual "solution" I fully expect to see plenty of headlines with "Debt Ceiling" and "Debate" or "Crisis" in the next 60 days.

      The allure of drama is simply too great - and the less informed will believe something is at risk.

  •  "Advantage Jigga"-Jay Z (0+ / 0-)

    Republicans are on their way to the wilderness again.  It amazes me people can't see this chess board.  I'm not saying it's 11th denominational.  But this is truly a chess match and republicans really aren't in the best positioning right now.  Advantage Obama.

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