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How Democrats Can Get What They Want: Agree With Republicans

amackent Wrote: Dec 04, 2012 12:42 PM
For BO specifically, raising tax rates has nothing to do with raising revenue. He's stated it clearly himself. It's all about his warped, bastardized, corrupt, evil, wholly condemnable sense of fairness. He simply believes that people shouldn't be rich and that anyone that is has no right to their wealth. Don't delude yourself into thinking that you can negotiate with this 3rd rate psychopath. Quit negotiating - you're just digging a deeper hole. We should be preaching the benefits of the cliff. It will cause all of our tax rates to rise truly fairly. It actually flattens the tax rates even if they go up. Sure it would be better to raise revenue by eliminating deductions, but then BO can't force people to do what he wants.
Democrats have said that that their priorities when it comes to a fiscal cliff deal are to raise more tax revenue and make the tax code more progressive.

Which is why it's odd to see them drawing a line in the sand on raising tax rates.

Raising marginal income tax rates is one of the most economically harmful ways to raise taxes. (The only provisions of the tax code that are more damaging are the corporate income tax and taxes on savings and investments.) Perhaps the only explanation is that Democrats don't actually care about...