The DC political world thrives by obfuscating and making things seem more complicated than they actually are. The entire government edifice is built on buzz-words and euphemisms intended to obscure that's happening. When Speaker Boehner promotes a Democrat-inspired "balanced approach" that increases federal revenues he's doing one very simple thing; he's raising taxes.
Thankfully, we still have Sen. Jim DeMint:
Speaker Boehner’s $800 billion tax hike will destroy American jobs and allow politicians in Washington to spend even more, while not reducing our $16 trillion debt by a single penny.
[I]f neither party leadership is going to put forward a serious plan to balance the budget and pay down the debt, we should end this charade. We can stop the fiscal cliff with the bill that House Republicans already passed that simply extends the current tax rates and replaces the defense cuts with reductions in wasteful spending.
Speaker Boehner has the gavel in large part because conservatives across the country rose up in opposition to stimulus, bailouts, rampant government spending and ObamaCare. The Republican presidential nominee lost a narrow election, while voters maintained GOP control of the House.
They did not reelect House Republicans to raises taxes. Every move Speaker Boehner and the House Republican leadership has made as been a play to appease the Democrat-Media industrial complex and seem "reasonable." Of course, "reasonable" to the complex means increasing taxes with no meaningful spending cuts.
Not only will Republicans not win this game, they will lose the last vestiges of legitimacy they have with voters. The establishment party is trying to exit the political stage on a whimper. It's time for conservatives to rally to DeMint and other leaders who remember that the party stands on principle.
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