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Friday, December 14, 2012

What are you trying to do? Ruin our Christmas?

From "Scrooge," the musical. Scrooge's clerk's wife, Ethyl, says this at their family table Christmas Day when Bob Cratchett (the clerk) proposes they drink to Scrooge as the founder of their "feast."

I feel like saying this to all those on Capital Hill dilly-dallying on averting the Fiscal Cliff. We already know Obama wants it to go over the cliff, because if he didn't, he wouldn't be wasting so much time postponing meetings about it! He just wants to blame the GOP for it - which is inevitable and doesn't need to take so much time, either. Just get it over with! Tell us what our tax rates and any remaining deductions and credits will be already! Before Christmas, preferably. None of this passing-Obamacare-late-on-Christmas-Eve-against-the-will-of-the-American-people-in-2009 business all over again.

As far as Boehner goes, he is more replaceable than originally thought. Ann Coulter is a big voice in favor of the GOP saying, fine - do exactly what you want, Obama. Tax the rich. Do what you're going to do. Since Obama's going to do what he wants anyway, this would be the strongest position for the GOP to play. I'm not entirely certain that Obama would be willing to leap over the cliff if he can not squarely blame Republicans for it - not that the complicit media won't still come up with a way to blame America's problems on the GOP like they always do. And, we'd have the added advantage of seeing how insincere Obama is when he says he wants to protect the middle class. Would the Dems still nominally support tax increases only on the rich if the GOP no longer opposed it?

UPDATE: Sen. Jim Demint agrees that Obama is steering the country straight for the cliff with all the tax increases across the board. To see how you'll be affected, start here.

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