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2001 - President Bush, salivating at a huge budget surplus, decides to reward his richest buddies and supporters with mind-bogglingly large tax cut. Because of the lack of support, the tax cuts were temporary, with a specific date of expiration.

2010 - Against his better judgment, the advice of sober, sane and rational economists, and against the will of the majority of the people, President Obama extends the Bush tax cuts for two more years.

2013 - The tax cuts for people earning more than $450,000 a year expire. The Bush/Obama tax cuts for everyone else are made "permanent."

FROM THE CHURCH OF INEFFABLE STUPIDITY:

Talking heads and TV prognosticators all bemoaned how the Obama Administration had dealt themselves into a corner. By making the tax cuts for incomes under $450,000 "permanent," Obama would not be able to raise revenues ever again.
This meme has made its way into cable TV, the national press, and through many self-proclaimed experts that pollute the airways with their mindless drivel.

After spending hours of nursing a scotch back to health and a modicum of research, I found two possible sources of this ridiculous meme, people who seemed to promote this idea initially after the deal was done.

First, and foremost, Grover Norquist pushed this idea, claiming that the possibility of any revenue increasing move (translation - tax hikes) was dead as of the passage of the fiscal cliff legislation. More on Grover below.

The second source for this drivel appears to be Luke Russert, a talentless, smug, and woefully inadequate talking head and the penultimate example of how certain apples not only fall far from the tree, but continue to roll into the recycling bin.

When Russert first made this point, I did my very best to ignore it. After all, little Luke has been so miserably, so perfectly, and so consistently wrong about his pet political theories and predictions, that I figured everyone else in the universe would ignore this baffling bit of baseless blather.  

Instead of dying an early death, seasoned with appropriate amounts of scorn and derision in an appropriately rude homily, other talking heads took his (and Grover's)  ineffably stupid idea up and began discussing it as though it were fact.

The best paraphrasing of Russert's idea is:

Now that Obama has accepted a bad deal on tax cuts, making the current tax structure permanent, Obama can never again seek new revenues from any new taxes. The only way Obama can find new funding is through cutting spending elsewhere.
Excuse me, but was Luke Russert homeschooled by an absentee parent? Has Little Luke ever even glanced at the Constitution of the United States? Here is the actual language of Article One, Section Seven:
All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.
Tell me, little Luke, WHERE the HELL does it say that Congress can no longer raise revenue as it sees fit, simply because there is no expiration date contained in the current Fiscal Cliff Legislation?

Answer: It doesn't.

Congress has never set aside, given up, changed the constitution, or permanently changed the way it does business. If Congress wanted to raise revenue by taxing overpaid, mostly worthless, functionally illiterate, smug, and moronic sons of dead TV news personalities at a 50% rate, it could do so. If Congress wanted to legalize marijuana, and add a surtax of $1 per joint, it could do so. (and not only would many people rejoice, but Congress would solve all financial difficulties we currently have.) If Congress wanted to tax Orange Skin Dye #8, in a backhanded effort to remove Boehner from office, it could do so.

In one minor way, Little Luke is correct. The tax policy currently passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama is PERMANENT. Until Congress changes its mind.*

(*Changing the House of Representative's mind would require that this collection of TeaBuggered dingbats initially find a working mind, but once that happens, passing any law to raise more revenues, including changing and increasing tax rates,  could be accomplished by a simple vote)

- - -

Take Grover Norquist. Please.

Why this lunatic is allowed anywhere near a TV camera continues to confuse me greatly. Claiming that the tax increase on those making more than $450,000 was a victory for him is bad enough. But claiming that Congress is forever incapable of changing, increasing, enhancing, expanding, extending, jacking up, supplementing, or augmenting any part of the revenue structure of this country shows such ineffable ignorance, such raving lunacy, that I find myself shocked.

I have a theory about Grover, who has been baying at the moon like a rabid dog for decades. A libertarian since birth, his most famous quote was,  "When I became 21, I decided that nobody learned anything about politics after the age of 21."

In the case of this 56 year old, this appears to be true.

Other doozies from Grover include:

I read murder mysteries. I exercise 40 minutes a day. I watch videotapes while I exercise. I listen to audiotapes when I am in my car. And I try to stay in three different centuries.
and the ever popular:
Our goal is to shrink government to the size where we can drown it in a bathtub.  
He probably should have stuck with murder mysteries.

Grover seemed to score a huge victory back in 2010. By 2009, in great part, due to fear mongering, devious politics, and the investment of millions by the likes of Koch, et al., (along with the questionable aid of Dick Armey) Tea Buggerers began organizing. Local movements were energized, while the Democrats slept, or wept, depending on how they viewed the outlandish hostility in Town Hall meetings.

In 2010, a large of GOP candidates for the House had signed on to Grover's no tax increase pledge. When many of these functional idiots were actually elected, there was a notable change in the new congress. Moving from a barely functioning object of scorn and disgust, the House became totally, irrationally, and disgustingly inept and unworkable. For those who forgot those horrible times, here are the self-proclaimed TeaBuggered class of 2011:

Sandy Adams, Florida
Rodney Alexander, Louisiana
Michele Bachmann, Minnesota, Chairmoron of the TeaBuggered Class of 2011.
Roscoe Bartlett, Maryland
Joe Barton, Texas
Gus Bilirakis, Florida
Rob Bishop, Utah
Diane Black, Tennessee
Michael C. Burgess, Texas
Paul Broun, Georgia
Dan Burton, Indiana
John Carter, Texas
Bill Cassidy, Louisiana
Howard Coble, North Carolina
Mike Coffman, Colorado
Ander Crenshaw, Florida
John Culberson, Texas
Jeff Duncan, South Carolina
Blake Farenthold, Texas
Stephen Fincher, Tennessee
John Fleming, Louisiana
Trent Franks, Arizona
Phil Gingrey, Georgia
Louie Gohmert, Texas
Vicky Hartzler, Missouri
Wally Herger, California
Tim Huelskamp, Kansas
Lynn Jenkins, Kansas
Steve King, Iowa
Doug Lamborn, Colorado
Jeff Landry, Louisiana
Blaine Luetkemeyer, Missouri
Kenny Marchant, Texas
Tom McClintock, California
David McKinley, West Virginia
Gary Miller, California
Mick Mulvaney, South Carolina
Randy Neugebauer, Texas
Rich Nugent, Florida
Steven Palazzo, Mississippi
Steve Pearce, New Mexico
Mike Pence, Indiana (now Indiana's idiotic governator)
Ted Poe, Texas
Tom Price, Georgia
Denny Rehberg, Montana
Phil Roe, Tennessee
Dennis Ross, Florida
Ed Royce, California
Steve Scalise, Louisiana
Tim Scott, South Carolina
Pete Sessions, Texas
Adrian Smith, Nebraska
Lamar Smith, Texas
Cliff Stearns, Florida
Tim Walberg, Michigan
Joe Walsh, Illinois
Allen West, Florida
Lynn Westmoreland, Georgia
Joe Wilson, South Carolina
What a joy to review this list and see just how many of these unflushed turds have their resumes out, looking for a real job.

Grover's crew effectively destroyed Congress, which had never been  an example of efficiency and effectiveness. Partisanshit grew exponentially, and out of self-preservation, rather than any rational decision making, the Democrats in Congress had to grow a spine. This unexpected event resulted in huge Democratic gains in the House, a larger majority in the Senate, and the re-election of the President by a far larger margin than Grover and his supporters ever thought possible. In fact, Grover kept predicting victory in the House, a Republican presidency,  and a Republican, TeaBuggered Senate.

Grover made several statements in advance of the 2012 elections. He brazenly predicted that no tax increases would ever occur. Government social programs  would disappear eventually, and the Military would remain the sole federal entity protecting our "freedoms." Even after the 2012 election returns became known, Grover was out there, quietly threatening any GOPer who might stray off of his favorite obsession - tax cuts, more tax cuts, followed by even more tax cuts.

Just this morning, Grover was on TV, claiming that not only were there no tax increases, but tax cuts. In effect, Obama was following Grover's advice. And, Obama would lose even more when his troops fought him on the debt ceiling.

Pat Toomey, and several other TeaBuggered congressmen and senators quickly fell into line, and began to threaten the destruction of the USA's full faith and credit - in essence, they declared war on America - through economic blackmail.

Grover has to proclaim victory, despite his utter loss in 2012. He has no choice. His side lost so badly that no dental surgeon would dare try reinstalling the teeth that were just kicked out. If Grover acknowledges, even slightly, that TeaBuggery lost, then his stranglehold over government is dead and gone.

He knows it. He feels it in his bones. He had his big chance in 2010, and just two years later, America told him to go fuck himself. But once he admits it publicly he is dead. Once other TeaBuggered congresscritters and Senatwhores realize just how badly they lost, they will stray from the reservation. The number of times Grover appears on TV will soon be identical to Sarah Palin. Because he will have about the same number of demented, unread, uneducated, auto-lobotomized followers as she.

Grover's obsession with cutting taxes is just that - an illogical, irrational, and unfounded belief in libertarianism of the worst sort. In Grover's own words, "Obsessions turn people off."

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 09:46:02 AM PST

  •  Super Grover... Clueless as always. (2+ / 0-)
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    agnostic, trumpeter

    What's really depressing, is that if they were talking about taxes in this one...  the Media would consider the kid to be "Not a serious person."

    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 09:53:37 AM PST

  •  You're playing word games (1+ / 0-)
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    Everyone understands that permanent = not temporary.

    also, sometimes mountains = molehills, apparently....

    There are only two types of Republicans: 1) racists; and 2) people who are willing to be associated with racists.

    by hillbrook green on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 09:53:46 AM PST

    •  But that is NOT what Little Luke and Grover said (2+ / 0-)
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      inclusiveheart, Habitat Vic

      They both swore that never again could congress ever raise taxes again.

      Worse yet, others on cable news accepted that as fact.

      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

      by agnostic on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 09:55:17 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  That's not even the way you paraphrased it (0+ / 0-)

        Your paraphrase:
        "Now that Obama has accepted a bad deal on tax cuts, making the current tax structure permanent, Obama can never again seek new revenues from any new taxes. The only way Obama can find new funding is through cutting spending elsewhere." (emphasis mine)

        •  what is your point? (0+ / 0-)

          Little Luke specified that Obama could not ever increase taxes because the tax cuts were permanent.

          Grover proclaimed that this tax increase was not a tax increase.

          Both of them intimated that Congress' hands were now tied. And Obama could never seek an income tax increase.

          What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

          by agnostic on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 11:16:55 AM PST

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    •  Really? (6+ / 0-)

      "Everyone" understands?

      You need to get out more - or just watch those Jay Leno segments where he asks people about our government to see how dramatic people's ignorance can be.

      In any case, this "permanent" moniker is a strategic marketing effort to both stave off any decisions down the road to change the deal and to sell the prospect that revenue is not required to run this government.

      •  Tax rate hikes are political suicide now (0+ / 0-)

        They could barely get them raised on the 1%.  Getting them raised for anyone else (or even the top few percent again) is going to be almost impossible without a mass act of political self-sacrifice, and I don't expect to find many self-sacrificing types in Congress these days.

        Instead, they are going to have to look elsewhere to find ways to raise taxes.  Ways that are more stealthy and coached in other phrasing, or that don't affect everyone so that you can't get such united opposition.

        •  I don't believe that (2+ / 0-)
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          if the economy ever improves, which I agree is itself a debatable point, I think a President could ask for sacrifice to improve the country's fiscal standing....

          "Fascism is attracting the dregs of humanity- people with a slovenly biography - sadists, mental freaks, traitors." - ILYA EHRENBURG

          by durrati on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 11:02:02 AM PST

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          •  You must be joking (0+ / 0-)

            Remember what Bush and Congress did when corporate America was making record profits and the nation was at full employment?  Kept cutting taxes to improve the economy, and because taxes were seen as fundamentally unfair.

            That's the whole conservative mantra now: cut taxes.  Economy is bad?  Need to cut taxes.  Economy is good?  Need to cut taxes.  Deficit is too big?  Fix it by cutting taxes.  Deficit is shrinking?  Time to cut taxes!

            The problem is that the conservative spin machine and the duplicit news media team up to get the message out and too many now accept it is fact.

            •  Of course I remember (1+ / 0-)
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              trumpeter

              I'm 56 yrs old. I also remember that Clinton raised taxes and was re-elected..the time to raise taxes across the board to help pay off debt is when times are good. And if we ever to get there I believe a Democrat could do it as long as the increases were progressive and not onerous on the poor. A Republican, on the other hand, would probably suffer a loss of support from his base because of the factors you cited.

              "Fascism is attracting the dregs of humanity- people with a slovenly biography - sadists, mental freaks, traitors." - ILYA EHRENBURG

              by durrati on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:40:58 PM PST

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        •  er, what just happened last november? (4+ / 0-)

          Who ran on a platform of INCREASING taxes?
          Which part of congress increased its majority?
          Which branch decreased the TeaBuggered numbers?

          Political suicide? hardly.

          What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

          by agnostic on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 11:14:55 AM PST

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      •  Oh, I'm sorry. (0+ / 0-)

        I thought we were having a discussion about rational people.

        But I guess you want to talk about the 33% of the population who are idiots.

        I don't think the diarist was directing his commentary at idiots - after all he posted on DK - and there are no idiots around here.

        Are there?

        There are only two types of Republicans: 1) racists; and 2) people who are willing to be associated with racists.

        by hillbrook green on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 11:39:42 AM PST

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        •  Idiots is a wrong/strong word. (0+ / 0-)

          People - even here - are sometimes not completely informed about how our political system works - and some people - even here - mislead either purposely or after having been misled themselves.

          Precise language is important.

          These cuts are not subject to an automatic sunset clause - they are not "permanent".  There is no such thing as "permanent" in our legislative process - not even the Constitution is immune to changes and/or reversals.

          •  Whatever.... (0+ / 0-)

            What do you call a person who votes in direct opposition to their own welfare?

            I call them idiots.

            And do these same "misled" people also believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny?

            There are only two types of Republicans: 1) racists; and 2) people who are willing to be associated with racists.

            by hillbrook green on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:48:56 PM PST

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            •  I call a lot of those people ignorant. (0+ / 0-)

              Primarily because I've met some of them and talked to them long enough to understand that they don't understand what the f- they are talking about - and I've experienced that even with some folks I know who have graduate degrees.

              A lot of people don't understand how our government works and even fewer do not actually understand how it affects their lives.

              •  Ignorant or idiocy. (0+ / 0-)

                A lot of difference there.

                The knowledge is there for the taking. I think there are a lot of people who choose to be ignorant. They are too busy playing with their toys to pay attention. They are too concerned with their own self-gratification to pay any attention to the lives of others.

                However, they are not BEING misled. They are ALLOWING themselves to be misled.

                What passes for "propaganda" these days is far too shallow to mislead anyone who wants to know the "truth". The people you are referring to are not interested in knowing the "truth", whatever the hell that is. They are not interested in anything except themselves.

                When ignorance is self-imposed, I call it idiocy.

                There are only two types of Republicans: 1) racists; and 2) people who are willing to be associated with racists.

                by hillbrook green on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 01:43:30 PM PST

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                •  Where is this knowledge? (0+ / 0-)

                  Not in the Texas Public Schools where they've rewritten the history books to include utter lies and bullshit.

                  Was it in Mississippi where I read that they are closing down their public libraries?

                  Where are those rural internet connections?  Hint: those are few and far between.

                  Where are the real newspapers?  There might be five left in this country.

                  The reality is that Americans are systematically being dumbed down and cut off from knowledge.

                  Your comments sound so much like my FDR-hating, Republican Grandfather who just couldn't understand why anyone would ever need a helping hand to get an education much less a job.  He had an excuse having had to work from the time he was 13 when his father died of a tooth infection and his Mother became one of the first female Postmasters - he ultimately put his siblings through college and attended teachers' college himself.  Then he went on to amass a fairly sizable fortune in New York which was pretty impressive for a poor kid from a North Dakota farm.  He couldn't understand why everyone was not like him and was pretty resentful that others required help.  That was his chip on his shoulder.

                  What's your excuse?

                  •  What's my excuse for what? (0+ / 0-)

                    First of all, let's get something straight. I believe in free education for all. I believe that society is made up of individuals and every individual has a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - not as a bumper sticker but as an actual guiding belief. I believe that we are all in this together.

                    I do not believe that the people I refer to as idiots have any less intrinsic value than you, me, or anybody else.

                    I just think they are hopeless wretches who will never achieve any sort of understanding of the ties that bind us all together.

                    Could they better themselves and rise above the idiocy their own actions have condemned them to?

                    Yes.

                    Will they (in my lifetime or theirs)?

                    No.

                    I am now going to bow to Godwin's Law. These are the type of people who allowed Hitler to come to power. I don't care what happens to the Jews because I am not a Jew. I don't care what happens to the Poles because I am not a Pole. I don't care what happens to the gays because I am not gay.

                    That's all it took. Hitler was supported by a bunch of rich people and around one-third of the German population.

                    Look at what the Republicans have done over the last thirty years with a handful of rich people and about one-third of the voting populace which identify as Republicans.

                    That's all it takes.

                    There is this thing called the internet. Virtually everyone has some sort of access to it.

                    There are these things called libraries. Everyone (not virtually everyone, but everyone) has access to those. In the libraries they have these things called "books".

                    There is no excuse for not educating yourself about how life works: who are the "good" guys and who are the "bad" guys? It's that simple. Sure, everybody gets fooled some of the time. But when it happens over and over and over again, eventually the pointing finger has to reverse direction.

                    In my experience it is not the uneducated who have trouble figuring things out. Rather it is the educated ones, who certainly know how to read, but just don't want to take the time to do it. Even an advanced degree is no indicator of a truly compassionate and flexible mind. I've known many people who have a high school education or less who are perfectly capable of figuring out who is looking out for them and who is not.

                    It's kind of a built-in trait. It takes true "dedication" to ignore what your senses are telling you. True dedication to the conviction that it is every man for himself.

                    Nobody took me aside and gently explained the facts of life to me. I gradually figured it out all on my own. I'm not rich. Never have been. I got a Catholic education back when it was affordable; an education which was not exactly what one would call progressive.

                    Anyone with an active questing mind/intellect can sort out fact from fiction.

                    You say people are being misled. I disagree. Some people are not interested enough in the good of the whole; only interested in themselves; screw everybody else. That is not the effect of propaganda. It is pure human nature at its worst. It's the dark side.

                    Note that I am not saying that every single person is an "idiot". After a lot of observation and study, I have decided that about 33% of the general population falls into this category. In my opinion, it has nothing to do with education; it has nothing to do with social status; it has nothing to do with the way a person is raised; it has nothing to do with where or when you live.

                    There are just some people who are never going to get the simple fact that:

                    no man is an island
                    These are people who will always do what they are told to do. They will never question authority. They will never reason for themselves. They will never consider the plight of another human being as similar to their own. They will never be able to put themselves in another person's shoes. They will always put their own good at the top of their to-do list and will never even consider what might be good for the rest of society.

                    In short, idiots.

                    The good news is that about 2/3 of the people are reachable, do have a brain, and can think for themselves and consider other people when making decisions in life.

                    There are only two types of Republicans: 1) racists; and 2) people who are willing to be associated with racists.

                    by hillbrook green on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 03:57:04 PM PST

                    [ Parent ]

                    •  ever read The Madness of Crowds? (0+ / 0-)

                      those four fathers who concocted our country knew something about human nature. They deliberately made government inefficient because people could easily be swayed, misled, or in the heat of the moment, strike out either due to fear, hate, or some other emotion.

                      People ARE being misled. Frequently. Effectively. Dangerously so.

                      Fox News.
                      Baptist churches.
                      Birther movements.
                      Tea Buggerers.

                      none of these would be successful but for too many people being misled.

                      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

                      by agnostic on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 07:50:35 AM PST

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                      •  Some people want to be misled. (0+ / 0-)

                        That's why

                        Fox News.
                        Baptist churches.
                        Birther movements.
                        Tea Buggerers.
                        exist.

                        Some people want someone else to tell them what to do. It's the only way they can function.

                        Because they are idiots who can't figure it out for themselves. Or they are too lazy to figure it out for themselves. Or whatever.

                        I suggest that you read The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science and Reality by Chris Mooney. It might help you to understand the phenomena.

                        And you might want to reread Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay, if that is the book to which you were referring. You may have missed the point: there will always be a portion of the population who will succumb to dumbass ideas that are directly damaging to their own self-interests.

                        But thank you for the reference which supports my central thesis.

                        There are only two types of Republicans: 1) racists; and 2) people who are willing to be associated with racists.

                        by hillbrook green on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 11:54:17 AM PST

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                        •  haven't seen Republican Brain. yet. (0+ / 0-)

                          thanks for the suggestion. I love good books. Devour almost one a day.

                          What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

                          by agnostic on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 11:58:19 AM PST

                          [ Parent ]

        •  It's Thursday. (0+ / 0-)

          Need I say more?

          I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

          by trumpeter on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 01:29:28 PM PST

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    •  mountains are molehills, (2+ / 0-)
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      from the perspective of a mole.

      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

      by agnostic on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 10:17:33 AM PST

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  •  Can't believe how many kossacks (2+ / 0-)
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    agnostic, NYFM

    repeated or reported this horseshit. But then, they have an ax to grind daily down into a nail-file...

    "Fascism is attracting the dregs of humanity- people with a slovenly biography - sadists, mental freaks, traitors." - ILYA EHRENBURG

    by durrati on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 10:50:23 AM PST

  •  GROVER NORQUIST = BAGHDAD BOB (2+ / 0-)
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    that is all

  •  I think they're right (0+ / 0-)

    At the very least until the next Congress, and possibly until redistricting in 2022.  With the majority Rethugs in the House they will never allow a tax increase to come to a vote until and unless they get something extremely major they desperately want, like privatizing Social Security, voucherizing Medicare, or ending SNAP permanently - let them eat air!

    Republican threats amount to destroying the present if we don't allow them to destroy the future too. -MinistryOfTruth, 1/1/2013

    by sleipner on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 01:16:05 PM PST

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