Friday, January 4, 2013

Compromise to Win?

They wanted all or nothing and they wanted it all at once. If you don't get it all, some said, don't take anything.

I'd learned while negotiating union contracts that you seldom got everything you asked for. And I agreed with FDR, who said in 1933: "I have no expectations of making a hit every time I come to bat. What I seek is the highest possible batting average."

If you got seventy-five or eighty percent of what you were asking for, I say, you take it and fight for the rest later...
— Ronald Reagan, An American Life, p. 171
Today, I joined my colleagues in the House to protect as many Americans as possible from a tax increase. We also provided certainty by making the lower tax rates permanent.... Despite my concerns with other provisions in the bill, I commend my colleagues for limiting the damage as much as possible.
— Paul Ryan, explaining why he voted for the fiscal cliff deal.

And as I looked over the Details of the fiscal cliff tax deal on Tuesday, I thought the same thing: it's really not so bad. In fact some pundits are going so far as to say that the Republicans might actually have won.

What will sting the most in the near term is the additional 2¢ from every $1.00 they'll take out of our paychecks. But at least that's a shared sacrifice. Everybody, rich or poor, will pay that one (everyone who works, that is). It's the closest thing to a flat tax we're ever going to get.