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Republicans' Ace in the Hole: Simpson-Bowles?

AmericanLiberal Wrote: Nov 30, 2012 10:29 PM
AmyDB***Unfortunatly AL this Constitutional republic has been torked, twisted, spindled, bent & mutilated by those with a lust for power & control over others in their hearts. I seriously doubt the founders would recognized the limited form of government they left us. *** I'm always a bit bemused by this point. The Founders had sharp divisions within themselves between those who wanted central government with teeth (Hamilton) and those who had a more dreamy Kantian view of things (Jefferson). Which is fine. There is room for both. But the Founders respected science and they certainly did not think their science would become our theology. Which is what conservatives have tried to do. And I imagine that if you bring ANYONE forward a..
AmericanLiberal Wrote: Nov 30, 2012 10:32 PM
.. a couple centuries, they'd be pretty astonished at what human beings had morphed into being during the intervening decades and generations. Limited government is a relationship to the market, to the private sector. When the private sector is doing well, then government can scale back, but when the private sector is sucking wind, such as now, government can and should help. We know the algorithm. You know why? Because economic science has also evolved in the intervening two plus centuries.

Democrats appear to have the upper hand on the politics of the fiscal cliff, which might explain their brash pronouncements and mind-blowing conceptualization of "compromise."  This morning I outlined three possible contingencies for Republicans, none of which is especially attractive.  But is there a fourth way?  The GOP's dilemma is a doozy.  Their opponents, emboldened by the election, are pushing for counter-productive tax hikes on "the rich" -- a politically popular...