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Here Comes the Cliff

Righty3 Wrote: Dec 24, 2012 10:05 AM
Mr Barone may think the Repubs can't govern in the here and now, but if they voted to pass "Plan B" and raise tax rates, they would never govern again. I suppose Mr. Barone has been inside the Beltway too long to understand anything about principles. The Repubs will be vilified and blamed no matter what...I can't imagine why they'd surrender their principles for virtually nothing in return. Obama wants a deal? Let's see him put up ten dollars in spending cuts for every dollar in tax increase, with the tax increase kicking in only when the cuts actually materialize.
Last week, Republicans proved they are not a governing party. Next week we will see whether Democrats are.

A governing party would have, reluctantly, passed Speaker John Boehner's Plan B, which would have preserved the current tax rates on everyone with incomes under $1 million.

Passage would have put Senate Democrats on the spot, since they voted for a similar measure in 2010. They might have engaged in negotiations with Boehner that could have been more productive than his negotiations with Barack Obama this month and in the summer of 2011.

Then, as Bob Woodward reports in his book "The Price...