Finn dAbuzz wrote:
Since tax increase are your Holy Grail, it's not surprising that you would think this way.
In purely political terms, the Republicans only need to appear to have made a good faith effort to compromise.
This will, admittedly, be tough with a MSM calling them obstuctionists all the way, but if they can pull it off, Obama will be saddled with the results of a sequestration process that he promised the American people would not occur.
I have no confidence that Boehner and the house GOP will be able to pull off the deception you describe here. In order to have made a 'good faith' effort to compromise, they have to be prepared to give up [/i]something[/i]. Right now, they haven't shown a willingness to compromise on any point.
You're a Krugmanian and so you think increased taxes are good for our economy at this time. When it is proved wrong, he will still be a very wealthy man living in NYC and you, along with the rest of us, will take it in the neck.
This is a misrepresentation of my beliefs. I believe that tax increases are necessary, not because I think it would be 'good for the economy,' but because I believe they represent our only path forward to get rid of our excessive levels of deficit and debt. I believe that higher taxes will indeed slow our economic growth a tiny bit, but - its still the right thing for us to do.
I will note that the economic prognostications coming from you and your party have been stunningly wrong. Low taxes for the wealthy have done NOTHING for growth in our country at all. They have lead to no explosion of jobs or wealth or income for the majority of Americans. It makes no sense for us to continue listening to those whose track record is so poor.
On the other hand, Krugman (who you loathe) has been far, far more right in his predictions and prognostications over the last decade. Why wouldn't we listen to him, instead of you and yours?
The best part of this whole thing, is that you have no real options here. If the GOP can't bring themselves to compromise, they will lose everything. This is a win-win for the Dems.