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Who's Afraid of the Fiscal Cliff?

PhillupSpace2 Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 3:35 AM
As Mark Stein reminds us, all the automobile license plates in his home state which declare "Live Free Or Die" are parked in front of the Welfare and Social Security Offices! Senator Simpson and Erskin Boles have also been surprised to discover that Republicans too have grown to like the public sow! The 10 million Republicans who had the votes to turn our Food Stamp President out of office didn't want to badly enough to fill out an absentee ballot and leave it in their mailbox! Guess that's too much heavy lifting! As Pogo says, "we have met the enemy and he is us"! "Us" now includes Congress; I guess it always has.
Were the average Republican asked for a succinct statement of his views on taxation, he or she might respond thus:

"U.S. tax rates are too high for the world we must compete in. The tax burden -- federal, state, local, together -- is too heavy. We need to cut tax rates to free up our private and productive sector and pull this economy out of the ditch."

This core conviction holds the party together.

Yet today the leadership is about to abandon this conviction to sign on to higher tax rates or revenues, while the economy is nearing stall speed. Yet,...