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Cal Thomas: Obama plays extortionist-in-chief

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At the end of 1995 and stretching into January 1996, the federal government "shut down" because of an impasse between President Clinton and House Republicans led by then-Speaker Newt Gingrich. The issue was increased taxes vs. less spending. Sound familiar? The government re-opened when a bipartisan agreement was reached to balance the budget by 2003. It wasn't balanced by then, for reasons...