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January 18, 2013

House GOP Will Pass Three Month Debt-Ceiling Hike; Further Extension Requires Senate Democrats to Finally Pass a Budget

Uhhh... I guess I like the attempt at forcing the issue but we know the Democrats will not comply. Reid doesn't want a budget; Obama doesn't want a budget. They don't want to make it official how many trillions they've increased spending by. Not having a budget helps them hide this.

So the whole gadget-play is really an effort to drum up media interest -- the media absolutely refuses to cover why a law demanding a budget has been ignored four years running.

And we also know how that's going to work -- the media will ignore it, because they are no longer hiding the fact that they're Democrats and working for Reid, Pelosi, and Obama. (Well, they hide it in the sense that they'll lie and deny it if accused of it; but otherwise they make little pretense.)

So... it results in nothing. Cute idea, but it makes false assumptions about the Democratic Party and the media (but I repeat myself).

But our thought-leaders seem to be giving up on the prospect of actually winning anything. Charles Krauthammer stated:

“Don’t force the issue if you don’t have the power.”

Quoted at Hot Air. Krauthammer actually suggested this stratagem (or else he was leaked the plan in advance).

And Rush Limbaugh said today -- I hope I am not taking him out of context -- that we should not expect much by way of determined, real resistance to Obama's spending plans for this whole year. So apparently people have decided on some kind of Zen Martial Arts strategy here, like "when your opponent is hard, be soft" or whatever.

I always thought that was stupid but it worked like the dickens for Caine.

Rush also went off on a riff that sounded super-familiar to me. I'm not even saying he read my piece; ideas are cheap, people thinking about the same set of facts will tend to talk about the same limited universe of conclusions, and even yesterday I acknowledged that what I was writing was in no way some novel idea.

But still, it was nice to hear sort of the same thing I'd said from Rush.

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