. . . that was spectacularly well played. They engage in a massive, well publicized debate that "immediately" "cuts" government. Never mind that the "cuts" are reduced increases. And never mind that none of them happen `til 2013, and most of them don't happen for several years. The GOP climbs on board, grateful to appease their rebel rabble TPers with at least token cuts. Meanwhile QE2 ends. Or stops increasing, anyway. And the economy tanks into a mid term election. Soon we'll hear all about these massive, immediate cuts killing the economy. Massive, immediate cuts that were insisted upon and achieved by the lunatic fringe (buncha irresponsible losers who think that government cannot spend more than it brings in forever, sheesh). Thus, come election time, the best answer to our economic malaise is more government and more taxes on those "winners in life's lottery" who have managed to hold onto a job.