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

Panda Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 6:12 AM
Again, the bottom line: We failed to unite. All Republicans are to blame. We then failed to show up on 11/6. Now Boehner is outnumbered 2-1 by the President and Senate in front of him, with a horribly divided GOP behind him. As for public sentiment, we Republicans spent the past 4 years winning no one, convincing no one, moving no public opinion, and basically doing nothing but whine about how society was slipping away. And now, we want Boehner to ride in and "hold the line." What a joke. If Boehner compromises, we abandon him even worse than we have. If he holds the line, he'll get mauled in 2014 by a voting public we've neglected. What should Boehner do? I couldn't care less, because he's not the problem. WE ARE!!
Drifter33 Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 9:21 AM
Consensus requires leadership. Leadership requires selflessness & sacrifice on the part of the leader.

We have a dearth of leaders, while we have a surplus of bloviating politicians.

The conservatives in the party do not trust the RINOs, and the RINOs dislike the conservatives. My read is that the RINOs hold the power in the party, but are in the minority. Hence the discord--the rank-and-file republicans demand change, but none is forthcoming from the RINO leadership.

Unless and until we find a conservative leader who is capable of teaching & inspiring, we will remain in this predicament.

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...