As much as liberals are complaining that the GOP rolled Obama, if this immediate trillion dollar increase in the national debt* is an unqualified GOP victory, then I'm just going to have to stand with Chuck Schumer in hoping liberals kill the deal.
Doing nothing is generally preferable to doing what Republicans and Democrats agree on. Like Augustine's famous prayer concerning chastity, the GOP's plea seems to be, "Give us fiscal responsibility, but just not yet." And by "yet" they mean, "any time it really matters."
UPDATE: Oh, good grief:
"I've said before that I felt that the middle class tax cuts were being held hostage to the high-end tax cuts," [President Obama] said. "I think it's tempting not to negotiate with hostage takers, unless the hostage gets harmed. ... In this case, the hostage was the American people. And I was not willing to see them get harmed..."As is the case when Obama speaks, the words claim the exact opposite of the truth. Since Day 1 it has been the GOP who wanted tax cuts for everyone. Period. No distinctions. The Democrats drew a subjective line at $200,000 or $250,000 and then constantly claimed that the nation could not "afford a giveaway" of $700b on one side of that line but could not live without one 4x as large on the other. Singling out the "the rich" for tax punishment has been the liberals' Holy Grail, and an emotional one at that. The proof? Although Republicans are not gleeful over the deal, moonbats are freaking despondent about it.
Extending tax cuts for the wealthy is the "holy grail" for Republicans, he said. It "seems to be their central economic doctrine..."
* "The package would cost about $900 billion over the next two years, to be financed entirely by adding to the national debt, at a time when both parties are professing a desire to begin addressing long-term fiscal imbalances." Yes, it uses 'cost' entirely incorrectly**, but given that no one seems to have any desire to cut any spending whatsoever, a trillion dollars in new debt is the difference between doing this and doing nothing.
** a tax cut does not 'cost' anything