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For Once, Republicans Must Ignore All Calls and Jump off Cliff

Daniel436 Wrote: Dec 13, 2012 9:38 AM
Republicans need to let Obama Reid and Pelosi write their bill, amend it to exclude increases in the debt limit, then have enough house republicans stay home for the bill to pass WITHOUT A SINGLE REPUBLICAN vote. Then go out and hold weekly fireside chats, press conferences, and constantly tell voters the economy is Obama's, and he is responsible for the resulting economic collapse. In every state with a democrat senator, commercials sould be run lambasting them for their vote. In this way we have a chance to take control of our government back and reverse the movement towards bigger government.

I remember it well. It was Christmastime 1995, and much of the business establishment seemed furious with then-Speaker Newt Gingrich. As his political chair, I was hearing them out. Moreover, I was by then CEO of one of the nation's largest producers of corporate annual reports -- big-ticket items -- so I was listening intently.

But I had no influence. Bill Clinton was having nothing to do with Newt's threats to "shut down" the government, and that is exactly what Newt did -- twice -- both in December of 1995 and again in January of 1996. The result? Clinton...