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PD Editorial: The rising price of budget showdowns

If you sprained your ankle, would you:

A. Take your weight off the injured leg.

B. Treat the swelling with ice.

C. Get a haircut.

If you picked "C," you might consider a future in politics.

No, our subject today isn't appearances.

Then again, maybe it is.

When the subject is budget deficits or the national debt, Washington politicians, especially House Republicans, know all about striking a pose.

But with another fiscal showdown looming, let's not lose sight of this fact: All too often, these exercises produce a lot of smoke but not much substance. Or, even worse, the results end up being counterproductive.

Consider two of the most recent conflicts.


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