The Last Of The Millenniums

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Republican negotiation strategy: government shutdown or default

How did the Republican Party come to hate most Americans?

Under the Mountain Bunker

Jamelle Bouie’s take on the hostage situation (emphasis below is mine):

“[..] in the House, Republicans are pressing Speaker John Boehner to take a stand on the debt ceiling. Here’s Politico: In a marked shift, Boehner allies are urging him — publicly and privately — to do something he never has before: be willing to shut down the government or default on the nation’s debt to extract compromises from the White House.

To reiterate a point from last week, it’s worth clarifying what Republicans mean when they commit to refusing to raise the debt ceiling: The United States would be unable to pay its full obligations as mandated by Congress, and would have to forgo payments to bondholders, employees, contractors, and anyone else who receives money from the federal government. Refusing to raise the limit is an act of astounding irresponsibility, and Republicans are threatening it unless President Obama implements…

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