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Obama Ups Bid as GOP Looks For Way Out of Crisis

rguess Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 12:26 PM
First and foremost, odumbo should NEVER be given any power over the debt ceiling, not even for a moment, based on his history alone. Secondly, if he wants to continue to play this game, why not defund the obamaoTAX? Republicans in the House should remember that they have the power of the purse, and it is intrinsically a very powerful force to control. Close your checkbook and go home. Defund HHS, DOE, Czars, etc. If obamao wants to have them, let him pay them out of his salary. Defund the obamoaTAX, that is a HUGE bargaining chip. It is within your power.

It's possible to have a strong hand and still overplay it. As Republicans see things, that's what President Obama is doing in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations.

In private conversation, some in the GOP appear a little sheepish about the fact that they once took the president seriously. Even though he had the upper hand after winning re-election, they thought he genuinely wanted to avoid going over the cliff and would negotiate in good faith. Then Obama sent Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to Capitol Hill with a thumb-in-the-eye offer, and Republicans got the message.

In subsequent days, Obama has not...