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Obama Ups Bid as GOP Looks For Way Out of Crisis

S.17 Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 1:02 PM
All this tax increase talk obscures the real issue. The tax increases amount to trying to empty the ocean with a teaspooon while wave after wave of spending rolls over us. Tax increases do nothing but hamstring and discourage the people who fuel the country's economic engine. Not one Republican was sent to Congress to raise taxes. The cowards. Increase taxes and watch this economy tailspin. Republicans will then get the blame for that too.

It's possible to have a strong hand and still overplay it. As Republicans see things, that's what President Obama is doing in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations.

In private conversation, some in the GOP appear a little sheepish about the fact that they once took the president seriously. Even though he had the upper hand after winning re-election, they thought he genuinely wanted to avoid going over the cliff and would negotiate in good faith. Then Obama sent Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to Capitol Hill with a thumb-in-the-eye offer, and Republicans got the message.

In subsequent days, Obama has not...