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A Victory for Demagoguery

Matt in N.C. Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 6:53 AM
Democrats have threatened to wreck the economy all at once and blame Republicans for it. The columnist argues that to avert that catastrophe, Republicans should let them wreck the economy by degrees and take the blame for it. I don't buy that argument. There's a strong case to be made for going on the offensive and defunding the czars, the foreign adventures, and especially Obamacare, all of which must be done anyway. There's a much weaker case to be made for walking out or voting "present" and giving the Democrats exactly what they want. In no event should Republicans give their enemies -- our enemies -- political cover.

I'm in the camp that believes Republicans have no choice but to agree to raise taxes on the top 2 percent of earners. The party has been successfully caricatured as the servant of the rich. This is unjust, yes, but justice is imperfect in this life. It's political suicide for Republicans to stand fast on maintaining current rates for high earners even at the cost of raising taxes for everyone else. Imagine if we went over the fiscal cliff. In January, Obama would call upon Congress to pass a law restoring the tax rates for 98 percent of filers. What could...