Originally Posted by chiefzilla1501
That is total BS and goes against everything politics and good business sense should be about. You are completely wrong. THe problem wasn't that the Republicans didn't stand their ground, it's that throughout the entire process, all they did was stand their ground instead of finding ways to negotiate concessions. And that is the entire problem with politics and the thing that really bothers me about the tea party movement. Their ideas are right, but then they get pissed when they don't completely get the way. That's NOT good politics. Good politics is about good negotiation, understanding that when you're in a losing battle, negotiating losing an inch is far better than standing your ground and losing a mile.
You are wrong. Democrats were not going to, and will not negotiate on entitlement reform or real spending cuts. By standing ground, the Republicans at least got concessions from the Democrats on tax increases.
I would have much rather gone off the fiscal cliff. I believe that if one person's taxes go up, everyone's should. Everyone should feel the burden of this government's spending problem. It is the only way that people will wake up and stop electing these big-spending politicians.
Negotiating is what has got us in this mess. Negotiation and compromise has and will always result in more spending and more government. The inability for people to understand this simple fact astounds me.