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  •  Does anyone really believe Bob 'regret' Woodward? (2+ / 0-)
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    Troubadour, poco
    I never said it was a threat.

    They got the impression from what you said that you felt you were being threatened.

    Come on. You are putting words in my mouth.

    It's your newspaper that said you said you were threatened.

    I've never said this was a threat.

    Words are this guy's stock in trade. Who can believe him? But, then again, is there anyone whose credibility is intact?
    At this point, I can only believe myself.

    When the Senate began a last ditch effort to write a bill that could pass by the debt default deadline, it salvaged bits and pieces from the competing bills that failed.  

    Senator Rob Portman (R – IN) The House plan responsibly makes much of this debt limit increase contingent on the [budget] cuts being actually approved and signed into law. If the President and Majority Leader Reid want the entire debt limit increase now, we would  need some guarantee that this deficit reduction would actually take place. A commonsense compromise would be to add sequestration language, meaning you sequester across the board all spending, if the deficit reduction doesn’t work, deadlocks, or doesn’t pass on the floor even under these procedures. I would say you could limit that sequestration to the size of the debt limit increase, not even the size that Speaker Boehner has, which was $1.8 trillion.

    Some context for Portman's remark in the Senate might make it clearer if "we would need some guarantee" isn't clear enough.

    How about Orrin Hatch on the day the bill was passed?

    First, the President asked for a clean debt limit increase, and conservatives refused.
    And then there's Boehner's Jan 6 interview with the Wall Street Journal:
    "Think of it this way. We already have an agreement [capping] discretionary spending for 10 years. And we're already in our second year of it. This whole discussion on the budget over the next several months is going to be about these entitlements."
    The agreement capping discretionary spending for 10 years is the sequester.

    Who owns the sequester completely misses the point.  It's a distraction that keeps everyone busy while the Republicans prepare for their next assault.  

    There is no existence without doubt.

    by Mark Lippman on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 12:40:00 PM PST

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