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For Once, Republicans Must Ignore All Calls and Jump off Cliff

William Gensert Wrote: Dec 13, 2012 9:53 AM
Control of the debt ceiling is one of the few tools the House can wield, but it only becomes effective as a weapon in the beginning months of the year, when the ceiling is reached, whereas the cliff is New Year's Day. ...And his majesty is salivating over the prospect of campaigning -- yes, to him, this is still a campaign -- on tax cuts for the middle class held up by greedy Republicans trying to reward their wealthy buddies. Read more:
dtalley Wrote: Dec 13, 2012 10:34 AM
Time to offer real reform. Create a two tier flat tax at 35% and 15% and starve government. Cut the SS tax contribution- which is really just a plain tax and the Medicare tax. Cut corporate tax to 17%, with no deductions.
This will force Dems to scream for higher taxes. Can't be bad for the Republicans and the country.

I remember it well. It was Christmastime 1995, and much of the business establishment seemed furious with then-Speaker Newt Gingrich. As his political chair, I was hearing them out. Moreover, I was by then CEO of one of the nation's largest producers of corporate annual reports -- big-ticket items -- so I was listening intently.

But I had no influence. Bill Clinton was having nothing to do with Newt's threats to "shut down" the government, and that is exactly what Newt did -- twice -- both in December of 1995 and again in January of 1996. The result? Clinton...