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

Jim Oakland Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 6:25 AM
unfortunately, Obama checkmated the republicans on this deal when he made it. Obama gets what he wants either way. He either gets tax hikes on the rich, or he gets to blame everything bad that happens to the economy on the republicans for the next 4 years.
Drifter33 Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 9:17 AM
A democrat can ALWAYS get away with blaming the republican. It's in their DNA--there is no sense of responsibility in a democrat.

And, their willing media mouthpieces ensure that the blame game gets far-and-wide dissemination.

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...