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  •  They never state their goals. (4+ / 0-)

    They rarely pick a target outcome.

    If Krugman is looking at this as a near-term problem, he can interpret the Social Security benefit cuts (which have NOTHING to do with the debt/deficit) as "not bad" because the impact of those cuts will come well into the future.

    The point being is that if all you care about doing is propping up February retail sales numbers, devastating cuts that hit in June are "fine".

    The bottom line is that the way that almost everyone in our government and punditry are analyzing policy these days is as if constantly being near-term crisis mode is okay.

    Few to none are taking the long view anymore.  Next to no one seems to have the patience to look at the big picture and how all of the moving parts work together - or how they would fail to work together.

    How do we think we ended up at this piece of shit fiscal cliff anyway?  Nobody is thinking anything through.  They're just demanding and enacting fucked up conflicted policies and cuts that do nothing to help anyone.

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