Building The Fiscal Cliff, One Dollar At A Time

My latest column is up on Right Wing News!

Here is an excerpt:

 

To hear the politicians tell it, you would think that the Fiscal Cliff negotiations were a case of an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object. President Obama and the Democrats won’t budge on their oh, so essential tax hikes on the evil rich, and those stiff-necked Republicans won’t budge on their insistence that tax rates not be raised.

But as is the norm in modern American politics, the truth tells a different story.

Republican leadership has been quite malleable in the Fiscal Cliff talks, willingly abandoning the “no new taxes” standard. First they proposed raising taxes by eliminating deductions. The Democrats laughed in their faces. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said it was time for the GOP to “get serious.” To hear Democrats on the Capitol Hill tell it, you would think that John Boehner had proposed raising revenue by selling unicorn rides to fairyland.

Then, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed that the Senate vote on President Obama’s own plan. Harry Reid called it a “stunt,” again saying that Republicans were not serious about avoiding the Fiscal Cliff.

 

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