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Opening Arguments

Cliff diving

I have to admit that this has a certain appeal:

At this moment, Republicans in Congress need to examine which presents a more dire threat to the country:

A) A double-dip recession driven by the sequester and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts, or

B) the public’s belief (verified through polling) that our giant debt, our ticking time bomb of entitlements, and our gargantuan government can be solved by “asking the richest Americans to pay a little bit more,” as Obama insists.

Option A is terrible, but Option B is the giant locked door blocking all of the real solutions.

So if we must have tax hikes, let the tax cuts for every income level expire and let everyone of every income level pay higher taxes. Destroy the illusion among so many voters that they can get all the government they want without paying more in taxes.

Via Hot Air, which notes: "The fact that the entire 'fiscal cliff' clusterfark revolves around taxes instead of entitlement reform is proof enough of how deep the denial runs here."

You know how they say an addict has to hit bottom, and realize that he's there, before he can start to put his life back together again? I think that might apply here.


tim zank
Fri, 11/30/2012 - 3:08pm

From strictly a political standpoint, in the short term Obama will win this one no matter what happens because the media will whole heartedly blame the Republicans every single hour of every single day until 2016 for everything anyway..that's a given...

In the longer term I think it could cripple the progressive/democrat movement though because just like the European model, it's all going to collapse, it's inevitable. The key to recovery after it explodes will be whether or not there are enough people that actually want to work then or if the majority have been convinced it's better to just be a recipient sloth...

I personally would prefer that all Republicans simply vote "present" and let His Majesty win this one and own it because it would speed up the crash and prove once and for all exactly what your mom always told you, ain't nothing in this life free. It's better he's holding the bomb when it goes off to drill home that point too.

Harl Delos
Fri, 11/30/2012 - 4:45pm

Every time I hit bottom. and realize I'm there, it turns out that there's some damnable fool with a steam shovel digging madly away...