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  •  Not looking weak (4+ / 0-)
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    fat old man, trumpeter, elwior, jabney

    They worship the appearance of strength. See "Bush, George W.", who was probably the weakest person to be POTUS since Harding but swaggered and talked tough.

    Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

    by blue aardvark on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 12:23:05 PM PST

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    •  I don't get it. (1+ / 0-)
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      elwior

      How does giving the president everything he wants, make them look strong?

      •  Better to do this, then force a crisis over the (2+ / 0-)
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        fat old man, jabney

        debt ceiling, then to yell and scream and whine and then have it done anyway.

        Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

        by blue aardvark on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 12:40:26 PM PST

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        •  How so exactly? (4+ / 0-)
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          If they let us go over the cliff, they show their base that they will stick to their position. Since most of these folks are in seriously gerrymandered districts, they have little to fear. If they let Obama have what he's asking for, even if they just vote "present" their base will crucify them for caving. There is no way that makes them look strong.
          I think the tax cuts will all expire, then in the next congress they will pass a bill in the House that extends all the cuts again, and the Senate will pass a bill extending only the lower cuts, and we will be right back where we are.
          I still don't see any motivation for a Rep. in a deeply red district to do anything but remain intransigent.
          Pelosi's move with the discharge petition will put pressure on the small number of Rep. in genuinely competitive districts, but they are still frightened of their primary voters, so I see the move as stocking up ammunition for 2014.

      •  If they can (4+ / 0-)

        make it look as though it was their idea, it gives them and their force-fed followers confidence.

        Don't ask how it works.  It is not a rational process.

        I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

        by trumpeter on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 12:43:19 PM PST

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