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From the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34
Right-wingers are peddling a profoundly mistaken definition of the federal debt ceiling
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is inspired by the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34 In 41 years as a print and broadcast journalist, most of those years with the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, Pat has covered national politics under eight American presidents. He's attended 10 national political conventions, Republican and Democratic alike, and has interviewed countless prominent political players, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.
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By Pat Cunningham
Dec. 2, 2012 12:01 a.m.





With the federal debt ceiling back in the news these days in connection with negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff, right-wing Republicans find themselves with another golden opportunity to peddle demagoguery to the booboisie.

As I wrote here 16 months ago, lots of people seem to think that raising the debt ceiling would allow the Obama administration to spend more freely, to come up with more programs that will cost taxpayers ever more money.

This myth is fostered by irresponsible rhetoric from Republican politicians who warn against giving the president “a blank check.” That’s a bogus term, but it plays well among the dimwits ...

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