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29
Feb
16

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama and Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers, left, bow their hears in prayer before the president presents Byers with the Medal of Honor to during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. U.S. Navy Senior Chief Byers receives the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as part of a team that rescued an American civilian being held hostage in Afghanistan on December 8-9, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks before awarding the Medal of Honor to U.S. Navy Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers during a ceremony at the White House in Washington February 29, 2016. Byers was honored for his courageous actions while serving as part of a team that rescued an American civilian being held hostage in Afghanistan on December 8-9, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

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President Barack Obama presents Navy Senior Chief Edward Byers Jr. with the Medal of Honor during a ceremony in the White House. A member of Navy SEAL Team 6, Byers received the Medal of Honor for his role in rescuing an American hostage from the Taliban in Afghanistan in December 2012

President Barack Obama, center, stands with Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers, left, before presenting him with the Medal of Honor to during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. U.S. Navy. Senior Chief Byers receives the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as part of a team that rescued an American civilian being held hostage in Afghanistan on December 8-9, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, before the presenting the Medal of Honor to Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers. U.S. Navy. Senior Chief Byers received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as part of a team that rescued an American civilian being held hostage in Afghanistan on December 8-9, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama talks to Medal of Honor recipient Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, February 29, 2016. Navy Senior Chief Byers received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as part of a team that rescued an American civilian being held hostage in Afghanistan on December 8-9, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

President Barack Obama speaks before the presenting the Medal of Honor to Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. U.S. Navy. Senior Chief Byers receives the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as part of a team that rescued an American civilian being held hostage in Afghanistan on December 8-9, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama applauds after presenting the Medal of Honor to Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. U.S. Navy. Senior Chief Byers received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as part of a team that rescued an American civilian being held hostage in Afghanistan on December 8-9, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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02
Jun
11

taking america hostage

Steve Benen: President Obama met with several leading congressional Republicans yesterday to discuss budget cuts and the debt ceiling, and not surprisingly, there wasn’t much in the way of progress…

…one of the more striking aspects of yesterday’s gathering was the increasingly-explicit nature of the Republican hostage strategy … the hostage-strategy dynamic isn’t new, but it’s uncommon for Republican members of Congress to be this candid about their plan out loud. One leading GOP lawmaker acknowledged that the Republican plan is “dangerous,” but the party doesn’t care. Another conceded that the GOP is inviting a “sovereign debt crisis,” but figures Obama would get the blame, so Republicans don’t care about that, either.

…As far as Republicans are concerned, there’s no need to compromise – they’re the ones with the gun and the hostage. Why strike a deal? If Obama caves, they get what they want. If Obama stands firm, and the GOP deliberately destroys the economy, Republicans will blame the president and destroy his chances of re-election.

…this is arguably one of the great political scandals of recent American history. There is no modern precedent for a political party acting like an organized crime family this shamelessly. The American public isn’t hearing much about these tactics, but I can’t help but wonder what the mainstream would think if someone were to tell them that the Republican Party intends to cause a recession, on purpose, unless Democrats drastically cut Medicare and other popular domestic programs.

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