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Republicans' Ace in the Hole: Simpson-Bowles?

jander Wrote: Nov 30, 2012 3:32 PM
There are only 3 options that the GOP can take: 1. Go over the cliff - this will cost them in the next election cycle as the media and Dems will blame any negative consequences entirely on them. 2. Play the Simpson-Bowles card - this is better than going over the cliff and it is a much better compromise than anything they'll get from Obama right now. I doubt Obama accepts the offer and at least some of the blame gets shared - maybe. 3. Give Obama most of what he wants and simply vote Present. Obama and the Dems will own the economy and any consequences thereafter. Same with the next budget. Wait for Obama and the Senate to propose a budget. Give it a present vote by all Repubs. Let the country have Obama in full force. All the blame - Dems
jander Wrote: Nov 30, 2012 3:50 PM
Option 4 - publicly counter an equally ridiculous proposal to Obama. Something including Ryan's Medicare overhaul, complete tax reform (no deductions and lower rates for everybody, eliminate/reduce corp tax rate) and immediate spending cuts across the board (including defense!). This proposal should include a budget that at worst is equal to the current budget. Ideally, it would reduce the current budget 5-10% and hold it there for the following year.

Of course, we know the Dems won't agree to this but make the public see the start difference between a real plan and what Obama is pushing right now.
Rich L. Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 7:55 PM
Whatever plan the Reps come up with, the MSM will only publish the harsh parts and disparage it as a nonsensical idea that would not only throw grandma off the cliff, but all blacks and hispanics too. You just don't get that the plan that started in the 1930's to take over the media and the schools has done its job and enough of the sheeple are too far gone to save the country. Your best plan now is to get right with God and let Him guide you from here. Do not look to the government to save us.

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...