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I like Nancy Pelosi

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And I don't much care who doesn't. She's tough. From TPM:

Speaking to a crowd of union workers on Capitol Hill today, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi unloaded on Republican plans to lower the deficit through deep cuts to government services in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. Frustrations are running high in Congress with the default deadline rapidly approaching, and Pelosi spoke with a fire that suggested the endless debate over the debt ceiling is taking its toll on her patience.

"This isn't just about them saying we should reduce the deficit," she said, adding: "This is an excuse. The budget deficit is an excuse for the Republicans to undermine government plain and simple. They don't just want to make cuts, they want to destroy. They want to destroy food safety, clean air, clean water, the department of education. They want to destroy your rights."

Pelosi said that Democratic approach to the debt and deficit problem isn't just more balanced, as President Obama has said, but is aimed at improving the lot of the middle class workers she was speaking to.

UPDATE: New Pew polling shows a huge majority want members of Congress to compromise.

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