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  •  I don't know if you're asking to be flamed (0+ / 0-)

    But that doesn't seem to be a feasible strategy.

    These sociopaths are for no-rate-increases-ever and they will swallow cyanide pills before they give in on this.

    Allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire next month is the only way the rates can possibly go up before the 2022 midterms (when I expect massive Democratic gains in the House following the 2020 redistricting, depending on our flying car traffic patterns).

    But, since I firmly believe Democrats cannot take the House before 2022, and because I think the Republicans are much more likely to moderate on social issues while retaining their anti-tax fundamentalism, I think your strategy is just kicking the can down the road.

    Why give them another opening to take hostages in a year or two?  We can just end this madness by letting all of the tax cuts expire, then introduce legislation to cut taxes on the middle class.  Are they going to keep taxes high on everyone to make a point?  Of course not.  After that, the GOP has no leverage to force spending cuts.  So we can just not make those cuts, and wait until 2022 to see what our options are.

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