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devil duck

How we got here

April 2011...
D: let's pay our bills.
R: we won't pay our bills unless we get spending cuts.
D: we'd rather not negotiate with hostage-takers, but OK... here's a commitment that if future negotiations don't work, we'll have stupid spending cuts.
[negotiations fruitless]

October 2012...
R: vote for us and we'll repeal Obamacare, cut food stamps, and cut taxes for rich people.

November 2012...
P: no, we don't think those are high priorities.

December 2012...
D: we really need to discuss the budget, or we'll have stupid spending cuts.
R: OK, let's repeal Obamacare, cut food stamps, and cut taxes for rich people, as the People said they want.

March 2013:
D: we really need to discuss the budget, or we'll have stupid spending cuts.
R: OK, let's repeal Obamacare, cut food stamps, and cut taxes for rich people, as the People said they want.
D: let's compromise, cutting some social spending and raising taxes, so we're both unhappy.
R: No, let's not compromise; we won't agree to anything involving raising taxes.
[stupid spending cuts ensue]

April 2013...
D: let's talk about the budget, because these stupid spending cuts are stupid and they're hurting people.
R: no, we've already decided to repeal Obamacare, cut food stamps and cut taxes on rich people, as the People said they want. What's to talk about?

September 2013...
D: let's keep the government running
R: we won't keep the government running unless we de-fund Obamacare, as the People said they want
D: no, we won't negotiate with hostage-takers

Oct. 2013...
[government shuts down, but Obamacare lurches into business]
R: let's talk about how much of Obamacare you're willing to shut down in exchange for re-opening the government
D: no, we won't negotiate with hostage-takers. Release the hostages, and then we'll negotiate.
P: shutting down the government in order to de-fund or delay Obamacare is a bad idea
R: we won't re-open the government unless we de-fund or delay Obamacare, as the People said they want. Dammit, this is a matter of principle!
D: no, we won't negotiate with hostage-takers. Release the hostages, and then we'll negotiate.
R: [aside] I don't think they're going to give on Obamacare.
R: [publicly] we won't re-open the government unless we cut food stamps, as the People said they want. Dammit, this is a matter of principle!
D: no, we won't negotiate with hostage-takers. Release the hostages, and then we'll negotiate.
R: we won't pay our bills OR re-open the government unless we de-fund Obamacare AND cut food stamps, as the People said they want. Dammit, this is a matter of principle!
D: no, we won't negotiate with hostage-takers. Release the hostages, and then we'll negotiate.

Next week...
R: we won't re-open the government or pay our bills unless we get preferred parking spots outside the Capitol. Dammit, this is a matter of principle!
D: no, we won't negotiate with hostage-takers. Release the hostages, and then we'll negotiate.
R: a pony?
D: no, we won't negotiate with hostage-takers. Release the hostages, and then we'll negotiate.
R: free psychological counseling?
D: Hmmm... let's talk.

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