Senator Rand Paul said on CNBC essentially what I’ve been arguing:
I have yet another thought on how we can fix this. Why don’t we let the Democrats pass whatever they want? If they are the party of higher taxes, all the Republicans vote present and let the Democrats raise taxes as high as they want to raise them, let Democrats in the Senate raise taxes, let the president sign it and then make them own the tax increase. And when the economy stalls, when the economy sputters, when people lose their jobs, they know which party to blame, the party of high taxes. Let’s don’t be the party of just almost as high taxes.
I think this is a brilliant way to not be seen as obstructionists while at the same time not being complicit. Let the Democrats have their tax increases, just make them do it without any Republican votes.