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Merry Christmas, Comrades

slk Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 10:24 AM
The Republicans do not want to raise taxes and they don't want to lose the PR war. So they stay home. They announce that the majority of voters agreed with Obama and since they cannot violate the will of those who elected Republicans, in the spirit of not blocking the will of the people, they will allow the Democrats to vote for whatever they want and the Republicans will just stay out of the way. Give the majority what they want. Let the Liberals raise taxes and hand out free money. It's not the Republican's fault--they didn't vote.
sevenheart Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 12:30 PM
That's the same thing G W Bush did, he wouldn't veto anything Congress passed because he wanted to respect the "will of the people" via their elected representatives who were not doing the will of the people. If GW would have vetoed as many bills as Gerald Ford, we wouldn't have this big of a mess and he could have saved the GOP from itself (for about 10 more minutes).
slk Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 4:22 PM
It's not exactly the same thing, though admittedly close. And as you note, it would have given us 10 more minutes....
Chris from Kalifornia Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 10:36 AM
All the republicans who stayed home and didn't vote against Obama are no different philosophically than Obama voting present in the senate. Thanks for nothing you lazy idiots.
slk Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 4:23 PM
slk Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 4:27 PM
Not really. The idea that failing to vote got Obama in may be true, but it is also possible to weigh the current situation, decide there is no real solution and let the idiots have what they want. At some point, people decide there is so much stupid the only solution is to hand stupid a rope and watch the outcome. Propping up stupid by compromises just drags thing out. The triumph of stupid seems pretty clear at this point. Kick the ladder and walk away. Let them deal with the mess they made.

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