No matter what the result of this fiscal cliff, Republicans will get the blame. We've seen that play out time and again.
Go over the cliff? Republicans were obstructionists.
Go with Obama's plan and continue with trillion dollar deficits? It's still Bush's fault.
There is NO reason why Republicans shouldn't hold out for the deal they want. That doesn't mean that they shouldn't compromise, but they sure as hell should get some meaningful spending reforms in exchange for these asinine tax increase proposals.
The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants