Normally I get incensed when Washington doesn't do its job. After all, these guys normally work only three days a week for about 40 weeks a year. But I like this year-end Christmas strategy proposed by Professor Jacobson:
I say call his bluff. If a deal which tackles deficits from both revenue and spending can be reached this month, great.I know, I know, more playing politics. But there's a practical reason for delay: this is a lame-duck Congress operating under the pressure of a self-imposed deadline. Let the new Congress take their seats, let the committee re-shuffle chairs, and set up a little breathing room to make a deal.
If not, pass a 90 day extension of current tax rates and whatever else is needed to postpone the “cliff,” and go home for Christmas to give time for a Grand Bargain which puts Democratic sacred cows on the table.
Let Harry Reid refuse to bring it to a vote, and Obama refuse to sign it. Their inaction will be the reason for taxes rising for everyone.