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The Left and the Cliff
National Review Online, by Yuval Levin

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 1/2/2013 9:54:37 PM

For Republicans, the question presented by the fiscal-cliff deal was fairly straightforward: Is the bill better or worse than the plausible alternatives? The answer was not self-evident, and it depended in part on one’s trust in the Republican congressional leadership. The peculiar structure of this particular showdown, with tax rates expiring and higher ones automatically taking effect, meant that taking no action at this point would have sent taxes far higher for far more people than this deal would. And what we know about congressional Republicans suggests to me that the ensuing public, press, and voter pressure

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 1/2/2013 10:47:24 PM     (No. 9095729)

Good point, forget the Republicans, what about the Democrats? They are all completely out of their minds, and there´s nothing the Republicans can do to fix the big picture. Excellent chance of total collapse while Obama is still in office, or Hawaii, wherever it is he´s hanging out these days.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ccyr, 1/3/2013 12:30:32 AM     (No. 9095821)

The "fiscal cliff" fight was lost as soon as conservatives agreed to use the phrase "fiscal cliff." Just like Reagan would not allow the Strategic Defense Initiative to be called "Star Wars," conservatives need to do a better job of watching their words. Just like conservatives who criticize the "main stream media" unknowingly by doing so place themselves out of the mainstream (better phrase "the hard left media" to describe the New York Times). Much better ground to fight on for conservatives in the debt debate. Saying that you WANT to plunge over the fiscal cliff makes you look immature (if not stupid) regardless of what the issues really are.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Country Boy, 1/3/2013 4:36:47 AM     (No. 9095900)

I´m with #2. "Fiscal Cliff" is vague enough to spin it anyway necessary for libs and their low information base.Same as Climate Change, can use the term to justify anyting, take any side of an argument.

Call it what it is: Debt Bomb. And not one thing was done about it is these new tax rates for 2013.

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