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Democrats: Absent Tax Hikes, We're Totally Willing to Head Over the Fiscal Cliff

Uber Dave Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 11:33 PM
...purchase a product from a private (for the moment) entity. So in effect we have now concocted a way to tax the simpleton masses for doing nothing. Again, bear in mind that collecting revenue is not nor has it ever been to cover the cost of any federal spending or preferred Liberal/Marxist/Progressive investment initiatives but is, again, purely for the overriding and fundamental goal of fairness.

Profoundly irresponsible?  Of course.  Politically insane?  Not really.  I'll expound on the second point in a moment, but first, let's survey the brazen talk from Team Blue -- with massive, recession-inducing tax hikes hanging in the balance.  Our new friend Patty Murray is at the front of the line:
 

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) says that if Republicans do not agree to let tax cuts expire for Americans making over $250,000 per year, the country should go over the fiscal cliff, which would allow automatic cuts in spending and the expiration of all tax cuts to...