According to the Mayan calendar or some History channel documentary on the Mayan calendar that doesn’t take into account the later invention of “leap” years, the world will end on December 21. Or at least, December 21st is the end of the calendar as we know it.
As it happens, no scientists have yet been bitten by the rabid incubator monkey needed to fully and appropriately start a zombie apocalypse, and no corporate overlord has developed a race of SuperSoldiers who will pull the switch on a nuclear weapon, thus simultaneously ending human life in most places other than random areas of the desert and alerting alien life to our presence, thus drawing humanity into both a land civil war and a battle for the existence of our planet. So I’m forced to believe that the “doomsday” predicted by the Mayans is actually the “doomsday scenario” formulated by the GOP in response to faltering Fiscal Cliff negotiations.
And the timing will be just about right.
Republicans are seriously considering a Doomsday Plan if fiscal cliff talks collapse entirely. It’s quite simple: House Republicans would allow a vote on extending the Bush middle class tax cuts (the bill passed in August by the Senate) and offer the President nothing more: no extension of the debt ceiling, nothing on unemployment, nothing on closing loopholes. Congress would recess for the holidays and the president would face a big battle early in the year over the debt ceiling…
Under one variation of this Doomsday Plan, House Republicans would allow a vote on extending only the middle class tax cuts and Republicans, to express disapproval at the failure to extend all tax cuts, would vote “present” on the bill, allowing it to pass entirely on Democratic votes.
Well played, Mayans. Well played.
Under this plan, the Obama Administration would get the tax cuts that it wanted (or that it held hostage to tax “revenue increases”), but the Republicans would not be to blame for subsequent increases on the middle income brackets hat would come from letting the Bush tax cuts expire completely. The scenario might mean the Republicans would be hard-pressed to fight to get the tax cuts re-established for the wealthier brackets, but at least it doesn’t give Obama the “I’ll gladly pay you in spending cuts Tuesday for a tax increase today” plan he’s using. They’re also almost completely painting themselves into a corner. But this is Republicans we’re talking about. You didn’t expect them to succeed, did you?