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For Once, Republicans Must Ignore All Calls and Jump off Cliff

Raymond, (Ret) Wrote: Dec 13, 2012 9:53 AM
The only deal Obama will agree to is one in which he gets everything he wants. Otherwise he is happy to go over the fiscal cliff because it has only one thing he doesn't want, tax increases for the middle class for which he and the MSM will successfully blame Republicans for not giving Obama everything he wants. Spending cuts to things like defense will happen. Spending cuts to things the Democrats don't want will not happen. The best thing Republicans can do is vote 'present' with the repeatedly stated intent of allowing Democrat fiscal policy to prove itself right or wrong.

I remember it well. It was Christmastime 1995, and much of the business establishment seemed furious with then-Speaker Newt Gingrich. As his political chair, I was hearing them out. Moreover, I was by then CEO of one of the nation's largest producers of corporate annual reports -- big-ticket items -- so I was listening intently.

But I had no influence. Bill Clinton was having nothing to do with Newt's threats to "shut down" the government, and that is exactly what Newt did -- twice -- both in December of 1995 and again in January of 1996. The result? Clinton...