Because the cliff solution is so much better than anything that can pass the insane GOP controlled house. Even Boehner's utterly laughable Plan B couldn't do it. I think letting all the Bush Tax cuts expired is not so bad. They never should have happened, not any of them. Let em' expire and have the GOP take the blame. Win win. And steep cuts to military is also just fantastic. Why do we have to spend more on the military than the next 10 countries COMBINED? Why have I never heard a righty even TRY to answer that simple question? Of course, it would have been better to get to this state gradually, rather than quickly. This will amount to a major austerity package when we ought to be having more stimulus. But at least its good austerity, not stupid austerity. We're mainly getting rid of luxuries (rich-slanted Bush tax cuts, ridiculous levels of military spending). That's what should be the first to go when being austere. Because it won't be gradual, there is a decent chance all this austerity will push us back into recession. And there are other cuts in there I don't like. So, the fiscal cliff solution is not ideal. But it's wonderful compared to anything that has a snowball's chance in hell of passing the house. After the cliff, here is what is probably going to happen. There will be set of bills to restore some tax cuts and undo some military cuts. A decent number of Reps will vote for that. Or, Boehner is going to find some way to bring a more comprehensive bill to the floor with overwhelming democratic support and a few sane Republicans, and that way Reps can run against the bill in the mid terms, as with TARP and the stimulus and Obamacare. That's all Republicans are good at these days. Being disingenuous rock throwers. So fine, we Dems will be the adults, like usual, if presented with that option. Except we learned a few things this time, I hope. Like if we're going own it, it ought to be worth owning. Like if it's going to pass with only token Rep support, the bill should have only token deference to what Reps want. Or, nothing will get passed, and we'll have shiny new Dem house in 2014 and can try to fix things then. Gordon66
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