So one of the first things Republicans negotiate for is a massive unpaid for tax bill? Odd for "fiscal conservatives" is it not? We can certainly see where their sympathies lie. Twice as much for the rich than for a years extension of unemployment. Then there is the reduced payroll tax that will further complicate SS. Of course everyone knows republicans hate SS so that is understandable. All of this to be paid for by borrowing. I have one question for the conservatives. Why, when hearing about your commitment to a balanced budget, should I not break into hysterical laughter? After all, you do own three fourths of the nations' total debt........and you did it in only 20 years.