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Thu Dec 6, 2012, 01:16 PM

Republicans wave the white flag

Speaker John Boehner emerged from his weekly huddle with House Republicans on Wednesday morning to take his place behind a mahogany lectern in front of a brown backdrop. The dark tones provided ideal camouflage for the deeply tanned speaker — as though he were trying to vanish into the background.

Who could blame him?

Right now, he is hoping to lead his fractious GOP to an orderly surrender. The question is no longer whether Republicans will give on taxes; they already have. All that remains to be negotiated is how they will increase taxes, and whether they will do it before or after the government reaches the “fiscal cliff.”

“I believe that it’s appropriate to put revenues on the table,” Boehner told reporters. “Now, the revenues we’re putting on the table are going to come from — guess who? — the rich.”

Socialist! Redistributionist! Spreader of wealth!

One of Boehner’s lieutenants, Pete Roskam of Illinois, stepped to the microphones, essentially pleading for the president to show mercy. “President Obama has an unbelievable opportunity to be a transformational president — that is, to bring the country together,” he said. “Or he can devolve into zero-sum-game politics, where he wins and other people lose.”

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Playinghardball Dec 2012 OP
liberalmuse Dec 2012 #1
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99Forever Dec 2012 #2
Jackpine Radical Dec 2012 #4
Politicalboi Dec 2012 #5
demwing Dec 2012 #6

Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 01:20 PM

1. I choose zero game politics - for the Republicans, of course.

Oh, how I love seeing the same a-hats who slapped our bipartisan President's hand away form many years now begging for him to let them have the chance to do it again. And how they squeal now that he isn't. What a bunch of cry-baby whiners!

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Response to liberalmuse (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 01:24 PM

3. I'm with you

the "other people (who) lose" can be those whiny repubs.

After that Treaty vote went down in the Senate, I have NO TIME for ANY repub malarkey.(I realize this is the House, but the feeling for those repubs is the same...if not more opposed).

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 01:22 PM

2. ~~This~~

“Or he can devolve into zero-sum-game politics, where he wins and other people lose.”


As long as those "other people" are the rich who haven't paid their fare share in decades, if ever, sounds wonderful to me.

Cry me a freakin' river, Pete.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 01:35 PM

4. "Zero Sum" is an idiotic descriptor of either the conservative or liberal positions.

The Conservative model, by taking from the bottom to feed the top, results in a negative sum, suppressing the economy. That's what has been happening since 2008.

The liberal model, by distributing wealth more effectively and putting people to work rebuilding the country, is a positive-sum game. We all end up better off.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 01:36 PM

5. I hope Obama crushes them

Obama shouldn't compromise with these assholes.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 01:39 PM

6. Should have thought of that

before you spent the last 4 years engaged in rank, partisan obstructionism

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