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When Should Republicans Force the Big Fight on Spending?

xsnake Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 5:10 PM
Repulsicans remind me of the French....always more than willing to surrender.....and both have won no battles within memory.
Kachina27284 Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 5:32 PM
And, you remind me of your namesake. Lie in the weeds and strike when no one is looking. Snakes are you. No principles. No courage.

The simplistic, if understandable, answer to that question for many conservatives is right now.  The national debt has surpassed our GDP, we're borrowing 40 cents of every dollar we spend, and our unpaid-for federal obligations already exceed $80 trillion.  We're in dire straits; there's no escaping that.  But there's also no escaping certain political realities: The public isn't feeling especially charitable toward Congressional Republicans these days, Democrats control 55 Senate seats, and this president will occupy the Oval Office for the next four years.  If the GOP is seeking to apply pressure on the Left to improve our...