August 2, 2011 1:12 PM

Commentary: A debt deal only an extortionist would love

You don't stop your car on the tracks, in the path of a speeding locomotive, because you've decided that now is a good time to give it an overhaul. Yet that's exactly what Republicans have done with their version of "fiscal discipline" (i.e., making government smaller), with one exception: The car they are driving isn't their own. It belongs to all of us.

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