Republicans should fear voters not the fiscal cliff

As for the “fiscal cliff” debate, let the Democrats own it. Republicans would be foolish to compromise with Democrats, whose real goal is to grow the non-taxpayer class by shifting the tax burden onto fewer and fewer voters. This is exactly what a tax increase on “the rich” does. It would be far better to allow all of the George W. Bush tax cuts to expire than to play into the Democrats’ hands. The economy will suffer either way, and Republicans will be blamed either way — that’s a given — but the Democrats finally will be exposed.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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