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  •  Mitch McConnell made it clear (3+ / 0-)
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    “I think some of our members may have thought the default issue was a hostage you might take a chance at shooting,” he said. “Most of us didn’t think that. What we did learn is this — it’s a hostage that’s worth ransoming. And it focuses the Congress on something that must be done.”
    In fact McConnell looks at this technique as a template:
    " It set the template for the future. In the future, Neil, no president — in the near future, maybe in the distant future — is going to be able to get the debt ceiling increased without a re-ignition of the same discussion of how do we cut spending and get America headed in the right direction. I expect the next president, whoever that is, is going to be asking us to raise the debt ceiling again in 2013, so we’ll be doing it all over.”
    Thugs indeed and not shy about it either
    •  Please don't tell me... (2+ / 0-)
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      ..that I voted for the Dems so they could continue to run 10% of GDP deficits indefinitely.

      (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
      Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

      by Sparhawk on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 02:34:06 PM PST

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      •  How about just until unemployment <6%? (5+ / 0-)

        Right now, high unemployment is the emergency. And if you believe the economists who aren't wrong all the time, right now is the perfect time for the government to be running a deficit.

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        by Code Monkey on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 02:46:11 PM PST

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