Comment: They never said

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They never said

they wouldn't raise the ceiling under any circumstances, even the tea partiers. What they did say is they were serious about cuts. That's how we wound up with the ones currently on the table (postponed by 2 months).

However, Obama said he won't negotiate cuts this time. So it looks like a game of chicken.