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  •  Make no mistake about it, (5+ / 0-)

    the right wing is hard on the path of presenting the sequester as Obama's idea and responsibility. It's all over the internet, and is absolutely their new talking point.

    They have dismissed the role of the sequester in getting the debt ceiling raised, and with their usual convenient amnesia won't have anything to do with the idea that their role in the debt ceiling crisis of 2011 was as the aggressors, those that made the sequester necessary.  

    Nor will they have anything to do with how many of them voted for it.  They are once again engaged in the big lie, and I hope to God that Obama is planning a VERY aggressive push back. The clock is ticking and he has nothing to lose by using his bully pulpit very aggressively.  

    Because the more he speaks to the fact that the sequestration does not have to happen if the GOP agrees it shouldn't, the more he pushes them in the corner. Right now they're banking on the fact that the media seems to be in some sort of daze regarding the sequestration---perhaps numb to it is the correct phrase. IOW, nobody seems all that interested.

    As I see it, the most important thing right now is making sure the American public lays the blame at the feet of the GOP.  If he's successful at that in these next few weeks, it's a win win.

    Even if the sequestration goes into effect because the GOP is dumb enough to let it, Democrats win. Remember, some of the worst cuts are going to happen in red states due to the fact that's where much of the defense industry resides.

    "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

    by StellaRay on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 05:03:04 PM PST

    •  Nicely done. (1+ / 0-)
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      There is no blame if they just drop the sequester. It's a phony thing, anyway.

      If it goes through, who cares about blame anymore? The economy will tailspin and throw the global economy into recession. Which will loop back and kick our asses to the curb.

      So, that's out.

      Next up -- the Debt Limit is baaaack.



      Denial is a drug.

      by Pluto on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 05:18:20 PM PST

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      •  Yes, and that's the problem. (3+ / 0-)
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        I believe the GOP has driven this country into a great big "meh" when it comes to these discussions, because thanks to GOP priorities, they never end and always seem to result only in the can getting kicked down the road.  

        Sadly, I don't believe your average American even knows the sequestration is due to kick in, or what that might mean.  That might be different if the media made this the horse race they love on guns and immigration, but it seems the media's response is pretty much "meh" too.

        I find it hard to believe that we're less than 30 days away from the most draconian cuts this country has ever seen all at once, and yet the coverage of this is almost non-existent, even on MSNBC, where immigration and gun control are more sexy---which is not to diminish the importance of both, but only to say  hey, are you kidding me? You're not talking about, educating and illuminating just what the sequestration will mean?!?!?!

        All the more reason Obama MUST step it up here.

        "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

        by StellaRay on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 05:27:43 PM PST

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        •  We could have such a great conversation. (1+ / 0-)
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          RE:  "kicking the can down the road" -- yes, please.

          It's the only stimulus we have left. Pathetic but true.

          Five years ago, I never thought I would say those words.



          Denial is a drug.

          by Pluto on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 05:45:23 PM PST

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          •  :) Yep. (1+ / 0-)
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            I'd just love to have a cup of coffee with you. A nice cozy coffee shop, the windows steamed by the frost outside and the heat inside, and a table for two. I feel that way about many people I "meet" here.  

            Alas, we'll have to do with what we have.  I appreciate this back and forth, Pluto, and look forward to more of it.  

            And yes, in a perverted way, the only thing that keeps us going (stimulus) is waiting for that which has stopped us to thaw.

            "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

            by StellaRay on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 05:53:37 PM PST

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    •  All over the Internet where? (0+ / 0-)

      Can you give some example sites? Curious to see how it's being portrayed. The coverage I've seen so far has been doggedly neutral

      •  Two mixed sites I visit... (0+ / 0-)

        The Daily Beast, and the Huffington Post.  Comments from conservatives on both those sites today, were "doggedly" all about how the sequestration was Obama's idea. There were tons of them on both sites.

        I'm not talking about actual news coverage, I'm talking about the talking points the right wings seems to adopt over night when necessary and pass on to their sheep.  If you haven't heard it yet, believe me, you'll be hearing about it soon.

        As usual, it's all Obama's fault.

        "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

        by StellaRay on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 09:58:27 PM PST

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