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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:56 AM

Republican Pundit Urgues GOP To Use Debt Ceiling Threats Because "consequences are too catastrophic"

The problem with the media is the continued use of false equivalency when it compares President Obama's symbolic vote as a Senator against raising the debt limit to finance Bush's tax cuts to the very real threat of actually failing to raise the debt limit. The media ignores Republicans like the one quoted below who essentially urge economic terrorism:

Republican pundit Marc Thiessen, whose former boss raised the debt ceiling seven times without incident or precondition, put it this way.

Unlike with the fiscal cliff, Republicans have all the leverage when it comes to the debt limit. Today, Obama is perfectly willing to go over the fiscal cliff and blame the GOP for the resulting tax increases on the middle class. But when it comes to the debt limit, he does not have that luxury. He can't default on our debt -- the consequences are too catastrophic. So in the end he will cave.

Let's be very clear about what Thiessen is proposing. By his reasoning, Republicans should threaten to hurt Americans. President Obama doesn't want to see Americans hurt, ergo, he'll "cave" to GOP demands so as to prevent Republicans from following through on their threats on forcing severe consequences on the nation on purpose.

Let's pause for a moment to appreciate the fact that conservative politics in 2012 has descended to a point of true madness. Marc Thiessen not only thinks this way, he has no qualms about writing it down and publishing it in one of the nation's largest and most important newspapers.

For their part, Democrats have said they're willing to negotiate with Republicans when it comes to the ongoing fiscal talks, and they're willing to negotiate with Republicans when it comes to the next federal budget, but they simply will not negotiate on the debt ceiling.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:01 PM

1. Yeah, otherwise the government might (gasp!) function.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:20 PM

2. Suppose Obama calls the bluff and the Shitpublicans do not blink

I believe the vast majority of Americans would say, "Off with their (Repubs) heads."

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Response to rock (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:34 PM

3. Except Those Who Watch Fox News...

...Who probably are still waiting for the final Ohio returns.

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