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

John993 Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 9:04 AM
Neither the Democrats nor the Republicrats want to go over the "fiscal cliff" because that would entail real spending cuts to the federal government. They are going through this bit of political theater to frighten the mindless 47% into begging congress to kick the can down the road once more. They will, of course, reluctantly announce a compromise, and comply. Betcha.

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...