Below lies a simple film allegory.
We Democrats, progressives, and liberals need to stick to principles. Not raising taxes on the wealthy even more than the tax cut given by George Bush is our compromise. And if the GOP wants to point out how to get revenues from existing loopholes, let's thank them and sew up those holes with a strong thread of fairness.
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Yes, going over the fiscal cliff will be a test of nerves and some initial qualms are sure to be felt. But once we jump we can then take control and move this country safely to land in a better place of no $110,100 FICA withholding cap, cutting the offense waged on our tax dollars by defense, and investing in people's aspirations and dignity.
Hold hands and jump!