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Republicans Trying to Be as Unpopular as Humanly Possible

Privatizing Medicare and taking Paul Ryan's cues are recipe for being hated.

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Ironically the fact that the deficit is falling faster than at any time since World War II is helping driving the House GOP’s extremism – they have to go for big, slashing cuts, because the deficit is already shrinking.  Here’s hoping the extremism of the House GOP’s opening salvo will remind the Obama administration not to waste its time on another attempt at a “grand bargain” on deficit reduction.


Joan Walsh is Salon's editor-at-large, and the author of "What's the Matter With White People: Finding Our Way in the Next America." Read more of her work at Salon.

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