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A Fiscal-Cliff ‘Hail Mary’ Pass: Embrace Simpson-Bowles?


I hope every Republican on Capitol Hill gives some serious thought to this last-ditch idea from Guy Benson: embrace Simpson-Bowles. Sure, it would include a lot of proposals that conservatives don’t like, but it would be better than almost any deal that Boehner and Obama come up with in the next month, and probably be preferable to going over the cliff.

I think President Obama and congressional Democrats would probably reject it, but if nothing else, this move by Republicans — and as Guy writes, they need to be unified on this — would enormously complicate Obama’s preferred “we went over the fiscal cliff because of those obstructionist Republicans” narrative.

Tags: Fiscal Armageddon


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