This is what I think the Republicans should do. Pass a bill in the House extending the Bush tax cuts. Couple this with big spending cuts and some reform in entitlements. Defense cuts need to happen as well as discretionary spending. Cap deductions for the wealthy at $50,000 a year which will raise the revenue Obama said he wanted (about $82 billion a year in new revenue). Net Result: You have " A Balanced Approach" the President ran on for two years. You also extend the middle class tax cuts that Obama is trying to use as political leverage. Of course, Harry Reid will immediately kill it in the Senate, and not allow it to come up for a vote. That's fine. Now all the pressure is on Obama. If we go off the cliff, the Republicans can legitimately say we passed a bill extending middle class tax cuts....raised the revenue the President asked for...and came up with legitimate spending cuts. The House needs to ignore Obama and the Dems. Pass a good bill....and put the pressure on Obama to negotiate. I think virtually everyone on this board agrees we need three things to happen for the good of the Country. 1. Spending Cuts. 2. Entitlement Reform. 3. More Revenue. If either party tries to ram something down the other party's throat it won't work. The Republicans need to get something done in the House to get things moving.