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  •  Yes, wait for the GOP to make a SS proposal... (0+ / 0-)

    "2) Make the GOP own the stuff no one likes. Like chained CPI. You don't propose it yourself. You let THEM propose it."

    This reminds me of the incident in the Civil War when all of Lincoln's advisors were telling him that his current general (McClellan, I think) was no good, and that every possible replacement general was also no good.  Lincoln's response was something like "That's fine for you.  But me?  I'm President and I must have SOMEONE."

    Kos is right that the GOP SHOULD own the cuts.  But if we wait for them to propose anything, nothing will be proposed.  They can sit by and take pot-shots and it matters nothing to them.  The President, however, has no such luxury.  As a normal human with a normal sense of obligation to others, the President is obliged to ensure that the USG functions as best as it is able to, whether that reflects on him fairly or not.

    It's easy to underestimate the willingness of the GOP to blow the place up (metaphorically speaking, of course!!).  But remember, at the end of the day, they are committed anarchists and having any governmental breakdown or failure is not only acceptable to them, but their actual aim.

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