I think Boehner should, in this Congress before January 1, strike a deal to restore the AMT patch, and index it for inflation. Then he should do absolutely nothing to stop the Bush tax cuts and the recent payroll tax cuts from expiring. Let everyone pay more, not just the rich. Demand it the name of reducing the debt. It is the only way he will gain the leverage with Obama necessary to reform the tax structure or gain spending concessions.
We have to remember - with the GOP House and strong party discipline, together with the threat of an automatic increase in tax rates for everyone, we have the ability to force Obama to deal. We have more power than many think, despite Obama’s reelection. The more I think about it, this fiscal cliff could be a thing of genius. For years, Congress has done nothing to curb entitlements. All it needs to do is what it does best - nothing! - and Obama gets to preside over a tax increase that will plunge us back into recession. He’ll be under enormous pressure to talk turkey.