The inimitable and irrepressible James Taranto today articulates the First Rule of Liberalism: "government failure always justifies more government."
And it appears to be grimly so.
Having already passed an epic tax increase in the Orwellian-titled Affordable Care Act, BHO now holds out on necessary spending cuts for the sake of still more tax increases in the name of fairness. That's a trillion dollars of fairness, by the way. With a t. Apparently, fairness is taking as much of the public's money as possible in order to give it back to those favored by those who tax. And if half the populace already pays no federal income tax and 50% of the same is paid by 10% of the populace, it's merely proof that millionaires and billionaires aren't paying their fair share.
What are Republicans to do? Barter for as many spending cuts as they can manage, especially modifying the CPI adjustments to entitlement payments, tell the public that they gave in on taxes because the Dems were holding a loaded gun to the public's head, and then run the next campaign on tax relief.
We'll say it again: if it's been possible to run the federal government on less than 20% of GDP since WWII, why can't it be done now?