How many bets Charlie Brown(the republicans) will agree to this tax hike
Lucy(The Democrats) will put the football of hardline spending cuts down the road to start say 2015
Then Charlie will run headlong down the road of the tax cuts angering their base keeping them away from the polls in 2014.
Meanwhile just before the 2014 elections Lucy will pull the football out claiming Charlie wants to throw granny off the cliff and with their willing lackey's in the media scaring everyone with tales of draconian cuts. Driving independants towards the Dems and giving them back the house,. Result higher taxes higher spending.