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.