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

wiseone Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 7:05 PM
This is not news. For two years Obama has kept the federal gov't headed for the cliff, pedal to the metal, knowing the media will blame the Republicans in Congress if it happens. I will say it once again. Tax increases, especially on the "rich" will DECREASE revenue to the Treasury. If you really want to achieve a balanced budget and reduce the national debt you must cut taxes on corporate profits and capital gains, keep personal income taxes where they are, deregulate industries, especially oil, coal, and nuclear power, and return banking/lending regulations to pre-CRA days.

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...