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Greek Tragedy II

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

A follow-up to Greek Tragedy, inspired by Pat Toomey to Republicans: Prepare to shut down government over the debt ceiling (Raw Story 1/02/13) and Republican Party Seems As Divided, Angry As Ever (Huffington Post 1/05/13).



“People are mad as hell. I’m right there with them.” — Tea Party Express chair Amy Kremer
“It’s frustrating to see the GOP drop the ball and turn a position of true compromise into total surrender. The Democrats succeeded in their strategy of divide and conquer.” — Republican strategist Alice Stewart
“Look, there are a lot of conservatives in the Republican caucus in the House who hate the bill, and for good reason. This is a complete surrender on everything.” – Charles Krauthammer
“Our opportunity here is on the debt ceiling. The president has made it very clear: he doesn’t even want to have a discussion about it, because he knows this is where we have leverage. Republicans need to be willing to tolerate a temporary, partial government shutdown, which is what that could mean and insist that we get off the road to Greece because that’s a road that we’re on right now.” – Sen. Pat Toomey earlier this week on Morning Joe
“Look at you, sullen in yielding, brutal in your rage—you will go too far. It’s perfect justice: natures like yours are hardest on themselves.” – Creon in Oedipus Rex
“Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.” — Euripides
“Don’t make harsh decisions while angry.” – Greek proverb


Sullen after yielding in self-perceived fiscal cliff defeat,

You see victory as failure unless it’s complete.


And now, enraged that you were forced to make a tiny concession,

You propose brutal cuts that would cause a recession.


You threaten an act of national destruction

Far beyond the scope of your usual obstruction.


It’s one thing with the opposing party to spar,

But threatening the nation’s full faith and credit is going to far.


Here’s Krauthammer 1/01/13 on Fox.



Here’s Pat Toomey 1/02/13 on Morning Joe (the quote is at the 2” mark).

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Here’s Krauthammer 1/02/13 on O’Reilly. Krauthammer stokes right-wing rage by saying that Obama successfully “neutered” House Republicans. O’Reilly incorrectly states that the national debt will destroy the dollar, castigating Obama for not understanding economics (a criticism that applies not to Obama, but to O’Reilly). O’Reilly also throws out the Greece canard.

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