Monday, November 19, 2012


One hopes the White House is completely full of shit.

WASHINGTON — Some Democrats are pushing an unorthodox idea for coping with the “fiscal cliff”: Let the government go over, temporarily at least, to give their party more bargaining leverage for changes later on.

The idea has plenty of skeptics, and the White House regards it frostily. But it illustrates the wide range of early negotiating positions being staked out by Republicans and Democrats as lawmakers gathered Tuesday for their first postelection talks on how to avoid the looming package of steep tax hikes and program cuts.

On January 1 we can start talking about "the Obama tax cuts" and leave the Bush tax cuts, in rhetoric and reality, behind forever.