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the disppearing deficitThis GOP-led cry for the defunding/repealing of Obamacare has resulted in such an excessive application of human dentata to the gluteus maximii of Republican Congressman by the American public that Conservative's are now busying rewriting history as fast as they can tweet.

Did you know, for instance, that they never actually called for the repeal/defunding of the ACA? It's true, because Raul Labrador (R-ID) just stated the following:

"It's absolutely false that the GOP sought Obamacare repeal. We have never asked for a full repeal of Obamacare. And any reporters saying GOP wanted full Obamacare repeal were lying to the American people."

Yeah, well, except for this press release on his very own web site:

Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID) announced today that he is a cosponsor of a resolution introduced by Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) to fund the government for Fiscal Year 2014 while fully delaying and defunding ObamaCare until 2015.

"If there’s any single issue that can unite House Republicans and has the strong support of the American people, it’s getting rid of ObamaCare," said Rep. Labrador.

Evidently Mr. Labrador wants us to believe he has an evil twin out there somewhere.

As for those who really shut the government down, here's a rogue's gallery of those particular hard-line Conservatives and their salient feelings on the subject.

But let's not forget the uber-wealthy Katzenjammer kids, the Koch brothers, who donated $200 million dollars last year to nonprofit organizations fighting the good fight against the spectre of socialist health care. Their current stance is "Who? Us? Obama-what? Never heard of it."

No doubt the chorus of "Not Me's!" will be heard all the way through to the 2014 mid-terms and beyond. But you know who they're fooling? Not us.


(The following is shamelessly pilferedfrom Kevin Drum at motherjones.com.)

At its core, the dispute over the budget and the debt ceiling isn't complicated at all. But it is full of misconceptions and urban myths. Here are the 10 facts worth remembering past all the obfuscation:

1. Democrats have already agreed to fund the government at Republican levels.

2. Despite what you might have heard, there have only been two serious government shutdowns in recent history, and both were the result of Republican ultimatums.

3. Democrats in the Senate have been begging the House to negotiate over the budget for the past six months, but Republicans have refused.

4. That's because Republicans wanted to wait until they had either a government shutdown or a debt ceiling breach as leverage, something they've been very clear about all along.

5. Republicans keep talking about compromise, but they've offered nothing in return for agreeing to their demands—except to keep the government intact if they get their way.

6. The public is very strongly opposed to using a government shutdown to stop Obamacare.

7. Contrary to Republican claims, the deficit is not increasing—it peaked in 2009 and has been dropping ever since, declining by $200 billion last year with another $450 billion drop projected this year.

8. A long government shutdown is likely to seriously hurt economic growth, with a monthlong shutdown projected to slash GDP in the fourth quarter by 1 percentage point and reduce employment by over a million jobs.

9. No, Democrats have not used debt ceiling hostage taking in the past to force presidents to accept their political agenda.

10. This whole dispute is about the Republican Party fighting to make sure the working poor don't have access to affordable health care.


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