The GOP has a “plan”

4 Dec

GOP-Fiscal-Cliff-Plan-sizedThe talks continue between Congress and the White House over avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff.

Not that any progress is being made.

As we said earlier, it’s really posturing at this point.

The talk in Washington is the Republicans are seriously looking at a Doomsday Plan if the talks collapse entirely.

The plan is a simple one:

House Republicans would allow a vote on extending the Bush middle class tax cuts (the bill passed in August by the Senate) and offer the President nothing more.

No extension of the debt ceiling, nothing on unemployment, nothing on closing loopholes.

Congress would recess for the holidays and the president would face a big battle early in the year over the debt ceiling.

As dumb as all that sounds, there are those who say this doomsday plan is becoming the most likely scenario.

A top GOP House leadership aide supposedly confirms the plan is being worked on, but no decision has been made to actually implement it.

Of course, any good plan has variations.

Under one variation, House Republicans would allow a vote on extending only the middle class tax cuts and the Republicans, to express disapproval at the failure to extend all tax cuts, would vote “present” on the bill, allowing it to pass entirely on Democratic votes.

By doing this, they say they can avoid taking blame for tax increases on 98 percent of income tax payers.

And it’s still not clear under any variations of the plan what would happen to the automatic defense cuts — “sequestration” — scheduled to go into effect on January 1 without a deficit deal.

The reality of all this is the Republicans don’t have a game plan.

Outside of the nonsense above, they don’t have a single, specific proposal to avoid the fiscal cliff.

And even if they had one, they don’t have a roadmap to get there.

They keep expecting President Obama to come back with something more to their liking, which they’d also reject.

Many Republicans literally don’t understand what is happening.

A month after the election it’s back to business as usual.

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