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February 07, 2014

Obama May Decree... What Would Surprise You At This Point?

That's from the morning dump thread, and the headline is all BenK84. I tried to think of a better one, but that one's pretty spiffy.

Obama is thinking about decreeing that the law he claims is inviolable -- you know, the law he says Congress must not repeal because the Supreme Court has ruled and "It's. The. Law." -- shall be further altered by his personal decree. He is considering permitting already-illegally grandfathered policies to remain in force for another three years... which, just coincidentally, would take them beyond the 2016 elections.

Originally, I think, from the Blaze.

In other news you probably already know (I'm a bad blogger): The GOP is not going to fight hard on the debt ceiling.

One Democratic Representative says he sees no fight in the GOP: “This is the dying gasp of a dead-end strategy. I think this fight is over.”

At the link (to Hot Air), you'll read that there are in fact reasons to believe that perceptions about the US' credit-worthiness have been affected.

The trouble with fights on the debt limit is both sides are threatening each other with a very bad outcome (default). It's brinksmanship about a default. Were the media in this country other than they are, we would be freer to have this fight.

But the media always reports that it's only the Republicans who are engaging in brinksmasnship. When Republicans say, "We'll give you your debt ceiling increase, but we want Obamacare delayed" (something, by the way, Obama has largely done, illegally, by his own decree) they say no, thus themselves putting default in play.

But the media never reports it that way. To the media, it's always, and only, the Republicans putting this possibility in play, and therefore, to the country, it's only the GOP.

I would like to get angry and huffy about this, and angry at the GOP, but it's really more the situation I'm angry about. The GOP lives in this situation the same as all of us do. It's the facts on the ground. It's the environment we all live in.

I know that some will say "Let it Burn" but for 80% of the country (or more) that is not an option they'd be willing to even consider. Indeed, even among the people saying "Let it Burn," only half really mean it. The other half intend it as a bargaining position, a show of force at the negotiating table to back the other side down. But the Democrats know this, and thus the position does not actually move anything at the table.

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