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Republicans' Ace in the Hole: Simpson-Bowles?

Steve of CA Wrote: Nov 30, 2012 3:04 PM
" Republicans could make a grand show of reluctantly supporting Simpson-Bowles for the betterment of the country." This is not a "show". If Republicans support Simpson-Bowles then they can't back down on their support -- like Lucy snapping the ball away from Charlie Brown -- once Democrats support it too.
Guy Benson Wrote: Nov 30, 2012 3:30 PM
The announcement would be a big, dramatic show to garner lots of attention. The policy is not...and I'm arguing that the policy is better than several of the alternatives we've been hearing about. I also doubt Dems will go along with it...go back and read Pelosi's comments on it, for example.
Steve of CA Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 4:22 AM
Guy, my main concern regarding spending cuts is that the poorest and weakest in our society, such as the elderly and disabled on SSI and Medicaid, are not targeted. Other than that I agree it is important for both sides to compromise and stop the posturing

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...