Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The importance of not giving a fuck

Obama signs debt deal

 President Barack Obama has signed the debt compromise deal, staving off the potentially calamitous economic effects of a U.S. debt default.

Let me see if I have this "deal" straight.

 The teabaggers get huge spending cuts, no tax increases and no loopholes closed. And in return, the democrats got. . . . um, the economy not being blown up? That's pretty much what it seems like, for all the concessions they gave up, what they got in return was that the economy will not be purposely destroyed.

It's like a couple arguing in the car, and the husband says "tell you what, you let me have my way on this one, and I won't steer into oncoming traffic." It's ridiculous. Why were the Republicans allowed to get away with pretending that a government default was not going to hurt them as much as anyone else?

I've been trying to figure out why Republicans are so much better at these "negotiations" than Democrats, and I think I have it figured out. They don't give a fuck. And not giving a fuck is a damn strong bargaining position.

Imagine you and your spouse are negotiating about the household chores. Neither one of you wants to clean the bathroom, you both would rather do whatever the easiest thing is. You are in a much stronger position if you can say "Hey, it's your family coming over, I don't give a fuck if the house gets clean or not." (do not try this at home)

That's the Republican bargaining strategy. they don't give a fuck. If they don't get what they want, hey maybe the economy blows up, maybe it doesn't, either way, they don't give a fuck. They want what they want when they want it, and if they don't get it,  they don't give a fuck about what happens to the country. Either they're going to be happy or no one will be happy.


That tax cut wasn't big enough! Now this is happening!