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Published: Sunday, January 6, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Congress


GOP falls for 'crisis' baloney

You try to make sense out of it. I can't. I do know all of this was planned by the Democrats 1 1/2 years ago. The main thrust of their plan was not to raise taxes on the rich but to embarrass, divide and ultimately try to destroy the Republicans. Once again the Democrats took their strategy right from Saul Alinsky's play book ("Rules for Radicals") by creating a continued state of crisis and confusion like they did with Obamacare. Did you notice that both occurred under an urgent crisis situation during the Christmas/New Year holiday time-frame? And guess what? In the case of the fiscal cliff, the Republicans in both houses either fell for it, or were trapped into having to pass it.
They were snookered once again and frankly I'm getting more than a little tired of it. The immediate outcome is taxes have been raised on those making $400,000 or more per year, which will take in an additional $62 billion per year, which will only operate the government for eight days. The good thing is that the Bush tax cuts have been made permanent for the majority of Americans. All spending cuts and increasing the borrowing limit have been delayed again for two months when the real battle will take place. I hope the linguini-spined Republicans in both houses will stand their ground for once, but with the rift that the Democrats created between them, who knows what might happen.
Don Williamson
Arlington
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