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So there is a bunch of options, and yet Obama seems determined to face the House right on.

As I see it, it either comes down to forcing the republicans to take the heat for the consequences (either in terms of donors, public opinion or both) or laying the ground for a Great Betrayal. Speaking against the former is Obama the great compromiser who appears to never have seen a bipartisan compromise he did not like. Speaking against the latter is that the republicans are utterly untrustworthy and will come back for more and more and more, so even though Obama may want to use this to chop away at Social Security, he may not dare to.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sun Oct 13th, 2013 at 03:11:32 PM EST

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