The Republicans' capitulation in last year's “fiscal cliff” negotiations has come back to bite them and quickly. How they react next could well determine the fate of the party.
The Democrat-controlled Senate plans to draft a budget (imagine that!) calling for significantly higher taxes on the wealthy and oil and gas companies, among others. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., one of the upper chamber's leading vagrants of vicissitudes, confirmed the new, longer and more splintery shaft on NBC's “Meet the Press” on Sunday.
Democrats will tie any spending cuts to higher taxes, he says.
See what happens when venomous snakes are allowed to slither away and bite for another day?
You'll recall that “fiscally responsible Democrats” — an oxymoron, we know, but we use the phrase for the Guffaw Effect — haven't passed a budget in four years. Now, smelling elephant blood in the water and ready to enact their next step in hoping to further divide, conquer and eventually eliminate the Republican Party, they'll do the magnanimous thing and pass a budget — but only with even more and even higher taxes (on top of the fiscal cliff deal's even more and even higher taxes and the GOP capitulation on the debt ceiling).
Reminded Niccolo Machiavelli: “Men are so simple and yield so quickly to the wants of the moment that he who will trick will always find another who will suffer himself to be tricked.”
Clearly, Democrats have the Republicans' number. What a sad moment for republican governance.
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