A Lack of Ball-Playing

Not the TARP 1 and 2 interregnum of 2008. Not the debt-ceiling disaster of 2011. Just a repulsive decline that could last for some time -- until the Super Bowl, most likely -- because Republicans in the House just don't want to play ball with this president. Yes, anything can happen, even at the eleventh hour, but it's not likely because of the lack of real ball-playing.

And, yes, I am saying playing ball with the president is the reason, and not spending restraint, because, empirically, President George W. Bush presided over the greatest spend period with no tax in the history of the U.S., with the possible exception of World War II. These same Republicans, who insist on no new taxes and some spending cuts, sure didn't want spending cuts from 2000 to 2008....604 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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