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  •  None of those things can stop the House from (2+ / 0-)
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    3goldens, Creosote

    defaulting if they really want to. So, I think he needs to be more hands off here. If the Republicans want to hang themselves, he needs to stop pulling the rope away. And call me cynical, but if the wingnuts eff-up the economy (which would probably just be minor and short-term), then that's a great time to push for more stimulus.

    Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

    by tekno2600 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 09:10:35 AM PST

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    •  You're talking about the debt ceiling (2+ / 0-)
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      tekno2600, chuckvw

      I think the President does have tools for the debt ceiling but it appears the issue is now likely moot.

      I'm referencing where I believe the confrontation will come - the CR/sequester.

      •  I don't think the debt ceiling is permanently (5+ / 0-)

        solved, just delayed.
        The sequester has multiple aspects. The anti-stimulative cuts and the potential to shut down government if a budget deal or continuing resolution cannot be agreed to. But, again, Obama does not have full control over this. If people want to see the bad effects of slashing spending in a weak economy, then that's probably where were headed. Obama might be able to soften the blow a little, but I doubt he'll stop it all. The important thing, however, is to let people know ahead of time that he thinks the cuts are a mistake and to blame the shit out of the Republicans for any bad effects that result from it.

        Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

        by tekno2600 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 09:20:59 AM PST

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