Democrats appear to have the upper hand on the politics of the fiscal cliff, which might explain their brash pronouncements and mind-blowing conceptualization of "compromise." This morning I outlined three possible contingencies for Republicans, none of which is especially attractive. But is there a fourth way? The GOP's dilemma is a doozy. Their opponents, emboldened by the election, are pushing for counter-productive tax hikes on "the rich" -- a politically popular...
Propose Simpson Bowles tout it as a bi-partisan agreement. Make a big deal out of the fact that it still give the president his Obamacare. The Dems will reject it... Then say that going over the fiscal cliff is unacceptable to the Republicans, but it is impossible to negotiate with the democrats for getting federal spending under control so that the Federal government lives like everyone else has to live - within their means. Then make a great big deal about being forced to go along with the democrats and that you only see three choices: 1) the fiscal cliff, 2) Simpson Bowles that will control spending and reform entitlements so that they don't go broke and we loose them all together, or 3) accept the Presidents plan.
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