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  •  Yep. Throw the beast a dry bone. (10+ / 0-)

    I think Obama's had something in mind this whole time. The medical device tax? So these idiots can give the world a sickly grin and squeak "See? We got rid of a tax! Victory!"

    Which will fool no one.  The GOP has had it's teeth pulled. It can snarl a bit, but a toothless snarl just makes people laugh.

    Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

    by Sirenus on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 11:18:17 AM PDT

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    •  Yep, the money is negligible (3+ / 0-)
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      The money from the medical device tax can be made up for by the discovery that medical costs are rising a bit slower than forecast in 2009.  So it's (for the record; reality is not the point) not actually needed.  It's a dumb tax anyway.

      So throwing Collins a bone in exchange for a long-term lifting of the debt cap and a reopening of the government is a good deal. It gives the "adult" Republicans a point (helping divide their party), it doesn't fool anyone, it makes the teabaggers with their demands look stupid, and it lets the villagers say that Obama made a deal while still looking strong.

      Unconditional abject surrender would be better, but surrender of the teabaggers as the residual moderate wing of the party bolts is charming too.

    •  A bit early to be doing high 5's. Default Day is (4+ / 0-)

      Thursday.

      •  Not doing high fives. Just hoping. n/t (0+ / 0-)

        Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

        by Sirenus on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 08:45:22 AM PDT

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