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  •  There's one major difference, O is lame duck (3+ / 0-)
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    grrr, elmo, librarisingnsf

    the real reason why he bowed down to their insane pressure with the last debt ceiling crisis is because Obama determined the GOPers in Congress were crazy enough to yes, destroy the US economy and the world economy, have a double dip recession, to get him out of office.  Now that he's been reelected, I think Obama is willing to hold the line on the debt ceiling, and use the bully pulpit and say how abnormal it is that Congress is refusing to pay its past bills, how it's always been raised, etc.  Even though he himself I think voted no in a previous vote (and I'm sure potential nominees like Rubio will vote no) he can argue that there can still be a straight up and down vote on the debt limit, and see whether GOP congresspersons and their corporate masters really want to destroy the US economy.

    I like Michelle more than Barack.

    by duha on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 09:54:29 AM PST

    •  sorry, lame duck stuff is nonsense (2+ / 0-)
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      Beetwasher, AmericanAnt

      and a right wing talking point.

      mittens=edsel. no matter how much money is spent to promote it, if the product sucks, no one will buy it.

      by wewantthetruth on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 10:47:15 AM PST

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    •  But again ... (1+ / 0-)
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      ... he has never done this.  He always says that something is off limits and then, introduces it as a sweeter, generally about half-way through the negotiations.

      And if he decided to grow a backbone, he would have used it in the cliff debate, and hammered out a deal with the new, incoming Congress instead of allowing tax rates to go up on 77% of Americans while preventing estate tax increases on all but the top 0.3%.

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