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October 11, 2013 - 10:54 am
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It’s striking how little Barack Obama actually has to do in order to get his way. He doesn’t have to negotiate, he doesn’t have to offer concrete proposals, he just has to be. It’s equally striking how lucky he is. The past fortnight should have killed off his presidency. His signature law was implemented, and it was an instant embarrassment. Fiasco. Evidence that Big Government is a Big Fail. Nothing but glitches as far as the eye can see, and it’s demonstrably destroying livelihoods all over the country. Whether that was part of the plan or not — Harry Reid says it was — the fact is, Obama made promises about that law that are clearly not being kept. Everyone knows it. Yet so far he is escaping the voters’ wrath, while the Republicans fighting to kill that law are taking a beating in all of the polls, and in some polls more than others.

It’s just not fair that the “fairness president” gets to behave so unfairly yet continues to stay ahead of his opponents.

Now the Republicans look set to stage what might be called a strategic retreat.

House Republicans are offering to pass legislation to avert a default and end the 11-day partial government shutdown as part of a framework that would include cuts in benefit programs, officials said Friday.

Republicans also seek changes in the three-year-old health care law known as Obamacare as part of an end to an impasse that has roiled financial markets and idled 350,000 federal workers.

President Barack Obama has insisted he will not negotiate with Republicans over federal spending — or anything else — until the government is reopened and the $16.7 debt limit raised to avert the possibility of default.

Yet, regarding benefit programs, Obama has backed an increase in Medicare costs for better-off seniors, among other items, and that idea also has appeal for Republicans.

Strategic retreats are not always bad things. They may allow a battered force to exit a losing battle, regroup and heal up, then live to fight and win another day. Essentially, that’s what happened in The Empire Strikes Back once the rebels lost Hoth. Was Luke a surrender monkey for heading off to find Yoda and get himself jedified?

But the GOP’s new offer seems to bank on that old Obama stance on benefit cuts, which means it banks on him being consistent, which in turn means it banks on the media making sure that he stays consistent.

The latter is not going to happen. The media haven’t called him out for being Two Face on the debt ceiling, opposing raising it in 2006 in stark terms and now demanding raising it in equally stark terms. The media won’t even ask him about the Obamacare rollout. They’re not going to hold him to account for some old stance he took more than five minutes ago. Not. Gonna. Happen.

In addition to ending the shutdown and increasing the debt limit, under the proposal Congress and the White House would explore ways to ease across-the-board federal budget cuts that began taking effect a year ago, and replace at least part of them with benefit-program curbs that have been included in recent presidential budgets. Officials who described the approach did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to discuss private conversations.

Why should the sequester be eased at all? It’s living proof that when Obama scaremongers, he’s either clueless or lying. He predicted dire doom and gloom if the sequester kicked in. The sequester kicked in months ago. We’re still here. Obama’s predictions read like Mayan prophecies of the end of the world now.

Yet the media still fails to laugh in his face.

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The word is out that the Republicans are offering unconditional surrender in disguise. They will give Obama a "clean" Continuing Resolution that will fund Obamacare completely, tie it to the Debt Ceiling which will be raised; and in return get an "agreement" to TALK about spending and deficit reduction at some time in the future. The Republicans will present this as a major victory, and tell everyone to calm down. There are other critical deadlines and reasons for this.

Saturday, Glenn Beck will have a mass demonstration in DC to clean and maintain the National Monuments Obama has barred Americans from. Obama's Brownshirts will not likely be able to restrain themselves, and there will be provocations and attacks on the civilians there.

Sunday, Veterans will be in DC to liberate the WW-II and Vietnam Memorials and protect Veterans paying respects. The Left dares not just let either go by without appearing weak. Either demonstration will almost surely mean that the Brownshirts cross the line of what is tolerable. I suspect that the Veterans, at least, will not be in a tolerant mood. I know that if I was at either demonstration, I would be prepared for extreme events, and being prepared would please my inner seditious self.

Once it hits the fan, and it is likely to, it will be politically impossible for the Institutional Republican Tories to side with the King's Men, as their heart desires. So they have to surrender and try to defuse this before Obama's people push things too far for the Republicans to cover up.

This is a skirmish in the Conservative War of Independence.

And the Tories are actually getting caught between a rock and a hard place. Their collaborationist game is running out. Either they openly stand with the Democrats against their own base and the American people, or they become a real opposition party. Both will cost them more than they want to pay; but they have a lot more practice at the former than the latter. So they surrender now to avoid the choice.

Subotai Bahadur
1 year ago
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"Strategic retreats are not always bad things."

But generals who continually find them their only option should be cashiered, and new, more effective, commanders put in charge. Because, eventually, there is no more room for a retreat. And fighting with your back to the wall, is almost always a losing proposition.

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We complain and complain about the MSM - but how many are still tuning in to their favorite MSM station entertainment programs? Still watching ABC, NBC, CBS - or their cable offshoots? Like USA Network (CBS) or ABC Family? If you're watching any of their programming, you're giving the MSM the wherewithal to continue it's agenda.
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Sen. Reid and Pres. Obama appear they are attempting to arrogate to themselves the authority to demand specific terms in a spending bill from the House. This they do not have the authority to do. Nonetheless we should keep this thought in mind as we consider our present circumstances.
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I've been reading some of the articles that Matt Drudge has posted on his website. The spectacle of the court jesters.... er - republicans.... er - RINO's! - tripping over each other in their attempts to appease the Boy King would be funny but for the fact that they are all selling out the future of this country - all in an attempt to make a place for themselves at the Boy King's table.

They'll be lucky if they get table scraps.

How pathetic!

Anyone still think we don't need a third party?


1 year ago
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I'm waiting to see the outcome and fallout of this 'crisis' before I go so far as to support the forming of a third party. I have reached my limit, though. Foul this up and I'm gone, GOP.

"Give us a majority in 2014 and we'll end Obamacare." the GOP promises. Granted, with a majority, they probably will—but given the GOP's recent past, why should we not expect them to pass a lot of other big, bloated socialist programs while killing Obamacare? Will they continue to use crazy math where cutting growth counts as cutting spending? We want substance, not rhetoric.
1 year ago
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Not disagreeing with you at all, but one slight technical correction. We need a SECOND party, because we do not have an opposition party at all.

Subotai Bahadur
1 year ago
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I wrote Paul Ryan (sadly, he is my representative) that I will support and vote for anyone who primaries him. I expect, as many here are saying, that the promised future negotiations won't happen and we will have gotten nothing in return for our efforts to stop or change Obamacare and implement real budget reforms. Paul Ryan is now the darling of the New York Times just like John McCain was before he got slammed by them as a presidential candidate.

The republican party is split and the split just got larger. Conservatives and Constitutionalist are the wave of the future only if we recognize and support them. The war isn't over but the sides are being clearly defined.
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"...until the government is reopened and the $16.7 debt limit raised to avert the possibility of default....."

This is how stupid The Feral Gov't KNOWS the citizens are that the citizens fully believe the US will default if we do not give Obama leave to spend MORE money, put us further in debt and further down the road to insolvency.

I always knew this was Kabuki. Ever wonder why the "shutdown" that wasn't was coincident with the roll-out of a sure to fail Obamascare? So they would have some other bloody headline rather than the utter failure of His Wonderfulness' Signature Achievement.

The Feral Gov't of ALL "Parties" have played the American people for the utter morons they now have proof we are.

We are so f-ck-d.
1 year ago
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Obama has no reason to negotiate anything. 1) His signature legislation - Obamacare - is off and running. 2) He got re-elected, so he doesn't have to be Mr. Charm to win another election. 3) He doesn't really care if the people don't like him.

All Obama has to do is sit back, arms crossed, and wait for the 'moderate' GOP to stomp all over the conservative GOP for him - he'll get his debt ceiling hike, he'll get his Obamacare ... he'll get everything he's demanding, and probably more.

And if he leaves the US a charred heap of wreckage, what does he care? He got his.
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Yesterday, I heard that they were offering a short debt ceiling increase of about 6 weeks at the current level of government funding (shutdown level) for a guarantee of negotiations. Today, I'm hearing that they're going to offer Obama everything he wants including everything on Obamacare forever, for a promise of future negotiations on spending and budgetary concerns. I've also heard that RYAN of all people is the author of this new offer.

If the latest is true, all I can say is TRAITORS! This is the same tired old do-nothing deal they always make. The Dems get everything they want tomorrow and the Reps get a nebulous future promise that NEVER happens. If this is true, I am so hopping mad I'm ready to spit fire.
1 year ago
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What you heard was the GOP Senate RINOs selling out the House. Ryan did not write their plan.
1 year ago
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Lemme see if I got this right - Obama has told these moronic idiots (republicans et al) he won't negotiate on anything until he gets everything he wants? And now they've folded like the mental midgets they are? What a surprise! I made that prediction a few days ago.

OK.

I want to play poker with these moronic republicans - I'll just tell them they can't play their hand until they discard any and all cards of two-three or four of a kind - and all aces straights and flushes.

Thats how the SOP (Stupid Old Party) is playing this 'game' that isn't a game. This is about people's lives and well being and the economic health of our country. And the SOP folded like a cheap lawn chair.

Now its all circling the toilet bowl. With the tacit help of the SOP! And they can't seem to figure out why We The People are so pissed off!

DUH!


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Must get rid of the Republican leadership even if we have to lose the House. They are worse than useless.
1 year ago
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Illiberals are NEVER held to the most basic of standards. Why? Their 'position' changes.. err 'evolves' constantly. Thus they're NEVER in the wrong nor are held responsible for the dookie hitting the fan, even when their hands are smeared with the stinky stuff!

The fallout from this shutdown, the beyond-ridiculous current IPCC 'findings' - it's all good baby!

For apparatchik, NWO-seeking 'in the name of fairness' types are in charge and the sycophantic press will NEVER call these dangerous, self-serving hypocritical phonies, these sociopathic-like bourgeoisie morons out. For the MSM wants the very same thing..

Leadership, coming to an accord when having differing takes, free will.. they're dying.

What's astounding is Uhbama is a terrible leader. Dreadful.

NO Western world could go out of their way and be as this guy is. Yet the unwarranted accolades, pity/ empathy thrown at this empty suit is Imo frightening.
1 year ago
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Why is it I can edit on my IPhone though not my laptop when on PJM?

Anywho I'd meant, 'No Western world leader..'
1 year ago
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Once Obamacare is implemented, we will never, ever, be able to impose a debt ceiling or let the Federal gov't shut down. The Democrats don't flinch at locking wheel-chair bound WWII vets out of a memorial honoring soldiers whom they saw die on the beaches. Of course the Democrats won't flinch at shoving the infirm out of the Obamacare hospitals, preferably in the dead of winter.
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