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Democrats: Absent Tax Hikes, We're Totally Willing to Head Over the Fiscal Cliff

IvanKaramazov Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 5:26 PM
Hey, Repubs...Richard Trumpka has recently said that the fiscal cliff is a lie and a ploy to scare people. So the Repubs should AGREE with Trumpka and insist there is no fiscal cliff. Then what would Obama do? Contradict Trumpka or agree with him? So one of two outcomes - tick off Trumpka and the unions or allow the country to crash. Repubs need to get smart already and start playing the Dems against each other...god knows they have enough loons in their party who could be exploited. Trumpka is a case in point.

Profoundly irresponsible?  Of course.  Politically insane?  Not really.  I'll expound on the second point in a moment, but first, let's survey the brazen talk from Team Blue -- with massive, recession-inducing tax hikes hanging in the balance.  Our new friend Patty Murray is at the front of the line:

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) says that if Republicans do not agree to let tax cuts expire for Americans making over $250,000 per year, the country should go over the fiscal cliff, which would allow automatic cuts in spending and the expiration of all tax cuts to...