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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:56 am    Post subject: the corner Republicans have backed themselves into Reply with quote

This is the corner [Republicans] have backed themselves into. Having lost an election, and having tied themselves to a no-tax pledge, they're so desperate for leverage, so desperate for a hostage they can actually shoot, that they're willing to point the gun at their own head and threaten to pull the trigger.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/01/26/republicans-think-the-sequester-gives-them-leverage-theyre-wrong/
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Now that Republicans have delayed the debt ceiling for three months, their next point of attack, they say, are the deep spending cuts in the so-called "sequester." House Speaker John Boehner told the Wall Street Journal editorial board that the sequester is "as much leverage as we're going to get." He meant that to sound reassuring to conservatives. But I can't figure out why they're reassured.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

if republicans have no leverage in the sequester, then democrats have nothing to worry about by ignoring them.

in case you didn't notice, republicans just succeeded at making bush tax cuts permanent for over 99% of americans.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:23 pm    Post subject: Re: the corner Republicans have backed themselves into Reply with quote

eeyrjmr wrote:
they're so desperate for leverage, so desperate for a hostage they can actually shoot, that they're willing to point the gun at their own head and threaten to pull the trigger.
Then why is Obama trying to avoid the sequester? You're mistaken. It is actually a very effective tactic. Nobody expected the GOP to accept the cuts. Conservatives or Republicans didn't expect it, and certainly Democrats and Obama didn't expect them to accept it.

Now they're faced with cuts to their own programs they don't want to accept. The GOP has been after spending cuts. Well, if Obama and the Democrats aren't willing to play, then the GOP is choosing to accept the across the board cuts. Clever. Very clever.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

big dave wrote:
if republicans have no leverage in the sequester, then democrats have nothing to worry about by ignoring them.

in case you didn't notice, republicans just succeeded at making bush tax cuts permanent for over 99% of americans.

No, he didn't notice. I wonder why that is? :roll:

Also, and increasing number of Republican legislators are coming around to the idea that the defense budget is excessive, given the need for cuts, and that it's hypocritical of them to want cuts everywhere but defense.
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