by Ramesh Ponnuru

Conservative opponents of the fiscal-cliff deal say it contains 41 dollars of tax increases for every dollar of spending cuts. You can’t generate those numbers by using any consistent method of counting. You get it by including every dollar of scheduled tax increases the deal allows to go forward and excluding every dollar of the sequester the deal allows to go forward. There’s plenty to be said against this deal, but this soundbite is misleading.

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