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Semi-Annual Whip, August 2, 2011

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Debt-ceiling bill passes the House -- "By a margin 269 to 161, with 66 Republicans voting no and 95 Democrats voting yes, the House passed the debt-ceiling increase with the accompanying package of cuts." Note that "cuts" in Washington, D.C. aren't really cuts at all, in the sense that you and I would consider a cut. If your employer chops your salary by 5%, that's what we in the real world call "a cut." If your employer raises your salary by 5%, that's what we in the real world call a "raise." But in the fantasyland that we call Washington, D.C. it would be a "5% cut" if you expected a 10% raise and only got a 5% raise instead. Keep that in the front of your mind the next time you hear somebody complaining about the eeeeevil Republicans and their plans to barbecue and eat Granny.


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Five minutes of common-sense win. Old Message: Compromise and Bipartisanship Are Super-Important; New Message: It's Okay For Democrats To Play Political Games With The Debt Ceiling -- Washington Democrat politicians are really beneath contempt. I don't understand why anyone votes for these amoral power-crazed lying assholes. I really don't.

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The New Tone: Biden Says Tea Partiers "Acted Like Terrorists" -- Strangely enough, a lot of Tea Partiers seem to be of the opinion that the Terrorists are currently in charge of the Executive Branch . . . they've certainly put terror into the heart of a lot of good, decent Americans . . .

Biden: These Republicans certainly have acted like terrorists; Update: Biden denies -- Oh, I don't know . . . it's right in line with a lot of really, really stupid things Biden has said in the past. Because he's a deeply stupid man. But his boss is even stupider--or at least, more politically tone-deaf.

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America Held Hostage: 41% Self-Identify as Extremist Fringe Tea-Bagging Terrorists -- if a "fringe" starts closing in on being a majority, then you have to start asking just exactly who is the fringe and who is the mainstream?

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